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Educational Endowment Raffle

This annual raffle supports SNAG’s Educational Endowment Fund.

SNAG’s 2019 raffle will be held during The Loop: Coming Full Circle conference in Chicago, May 22-25, 2019.

Great prizes! Including Transit Chair, Humanufactured® (hand-fabricated) of recycled aluminum traffic signs, champagne corks and steel hardware. Value: $1150.
Boris Bally chair

There are three ways to purchase raffle tickets:

$20 each or six for $100. Credit cards only, no cash or checks. Drawing will be held at the conference. You do not need to be present to win.

See all the prizes and purchase tickets


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Art, Craft and Culture of Cuba

Peters Valley School of Craft presents
Art, Craft and Culture of Cuba
Havana/Trinidad: October 26-November 2, 2019

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Peters Valley is hosting an arts and crafts tour of Cuba from October 26-November 2, 2019. Partnering with Cuba Educational Travel, a leader in people-to-people/group educational travel to Cuba, they have designed a specially curated itinerary exploring the art and craft scene in Havana and Trinidad, with visits to leading ceramists, print-makers, metalsmiths, basketmakers, photographers, mosaic artists, painters and other artisans, as well as private tours of museums and galleries. In addition there will be historic architectural tours of three cities.

Peters Valley is inviting members of SNAG to join them on the October journey. If you sign up using the form below, a portion of the trip fee will go to SNAG.

Cuba Itinerary
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Questions? Please contact Peters Valley, 973-948-5200


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2019 SNAG Election

2019 SNAG election

The SNAG membership elects leaders for the coming years. All SNAG members have the right to vote. Online voting begins May 1st. Information about the candidates is available here.

The 2019 candidates for the Board of Directors are:

Patricia Madeja
Ezra Satok-Wolman
Elizabeth Shypertt
Kee-ho Yuen

The 2019 candidate for the Nominations and Elections Committee is:

Jessica Armstrong


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Call for Proposals for 2020 SNAG Conference

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SNAG will be headed to Philadelphia, PA, May 20-23, 2020 for “Grit to Gold: Future Fifty.” Above, you can see our newly unveiled 2020 conference logo! 2020’s conference will mark another historic milestone: The 50th anniversary of SNAG’s first conference. We are now accepting presentation proposals for the 2020 conference. Deadline: May 5, 2019. Learn more


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2019 SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award, James Wallace

SNAG’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is James Wallace.

James Wallace Repair DaysThe Lifetime Achievement Award is SNAG’s highest honor and is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of metalsmithing.

James Wallace is a practicing metalsmith and former Founding Director of the Metal Museum, formerly known as the National Ornamental Metals Museum. His contributions to the field of contemporary crafts both as a maker in high regard and as a museum professional have advanced the understanding and appreciation of metalwork and metalsmiths for over 30 years.

Having received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Western State College of Colorado with emphases in Art, English and Geology, he later began his artistic career as an MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. During his studies, he researched pattern welded damascus steel. This research was published in a chapter written for Dona Meilach’s 1977 book Decorative and Sculptural Ironwork. His Master of Fine Arts degree led to a career that produced stunning examples of architectural ironwork.

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Jim Wallace dedicated his professional career to the advancement of the field of metalsmithing through his role as artist, teacher, mentor and advocate. But it was in his role as founder and director of the Metal Museum that his vision played such an important part in the evolution of our field. Through his decades of selfless toil and perseverance, Jim built from scratch the only U.S. museum of its kind focused exclusively on metalwork. Through his grit and personal sacrifice, the museum has grown to a world-class institution with exhibitions, collections, a library and research facility, foundry facilities, conservation and educational programs. Because of Jim’s vision, the museum expands opportunities for young metalsmiths through internships, residencies and apprenticeships; it preserves the history of metalsmithing and educates the public about metalsmithing as an art form. In this way, Jim’s contributions have reached the broadest spectrum of our artistic “metals” community and beyond. His contributions have impacted every sub-discipline of our broader field – from blacksmiths to art jewelers, from students to masters, from makers to collectors to writers, researchers, and so on.

     – Lifetime Achievement Committee

The 2019 SNAG conference, to be held in Chicago, will be dedicated to James. He will be given his award at the opening of the conference on May 23rd. Please join us in congratulating him.

above image: Fireplace Stand by James Wallace