We would like to thank everyone who generously gave their time, energy, and support to the conference and the exhibition planning and production. If we inadvertently missed someone, we apologize and please
contact Ellen Laing <email@example.com> so we can correct our oversight.
SNAG appreciates the work of every volunteer who helped out in any way with the conference, including those who worked onsite during the conference and those who worked behind the scenes planning each event. We couldn’t do it without them!
Conference Corporate Sponsor: Rio Grande
Conference Host: Arizona Designer Craftsmen
Conference Co-chairs: Becky McDonah, Tedd McDonah, Lynette Andreasen
Book Signing: Elyse Bogart
Conference Support: Heather Magill, Scott Andreasen, Mona Nigohossian
Conference Tote Bag: Ingrid Donaldson (Coordinator), Becky & Tedd McDonah, Katie Poterala, Michelle Startzman, May Kalcza, Leon Nash, Megan Sottile, Amanda Scheutzow, Sarah Truett, Nikki Olive, Alex Hobbs, Bill Donaldson
Conference Volunteer Coordinator: Michelle Sotolongo
Education Dialogue: Victoria Altepeter (Chair), Wing-Ki Chan, Rebecca Scheer
Education Resource Room & Portfolio Review: Calina “Callie” Shevlin (Coordinator), Anne Mondro, John Rais
Exhibitions Committee: Danielle Embry (Chair), Maureen Brusa-Zappellini, Charity Hall
Exhibition in Motion: Joe Churchman (Coordinator), Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, Michael Dale Bernard
Graphic Designer: Melissa McGurgan
Lifetime Achievement Award: Beth Ann Gerstein (Chair), Mary Lee Hu, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray
Pin Swap Pool Party, Student Mixer, & Final Night Dinner Dance: Katie Poterala (Chair), Michelle Startzman, Leon Nash, Mary Klacza
Photographer: Jewel Clark
Professional Development Seminar: Harriete Estel Berman, Andy Cooperman and Brigitte Martin (Co-Coordinators), Charleen Weidell, Michael Dale Bernard
Room Shares: Cate Yoder
A Smaller Conference Experience (Discussion and Speed Friending): Harriete Estel Berman, Brigitte Martin, Rachel Shimpock
Auction & Raffle for SNAG’s Educational Endowment: Lynn Cool, Bryan Petersen (Co-Coordinators), Betsy Douglas, Donna Lewis
SNAG Board Liaisons: Eliana Arenas (Member Services Table), Karen Lorene (Lifetime Achievement Award), Anne Mondro (Conference Planning, Education Dialogue, Conference Volunteering), John Rais (SNAG Juried Student Exhibition, SNAG Student Presentation, Education Resource Room, Portfolio Review), Marlene True (SNAG Silent Auction, Live Auction, Raffle)
SNAG Juried Student Exhibition: Michael Parrett (Coordinator), French Thompson, Lynn Cool
SNAG Student Presentation: Michael Parrett, Molly Douglass (Co-Coordinators)
SNAG TV / Conference Emcee: Michael Dale Bernard
Speaker Advisory Committee: Kristin Beeler (Chair), Jill Baker Gower, Lauren McAdams
Student Scholarships: Michelle Pajak-Reynolds (Coordinator)
Trunk Show Sale: Natalie O’Neal, Andrew Kuebeck (Co-Coordinators)
Meetings a la Carte: Kate Lichter, Shefali Kubavat, Sara Martinez
Nominations and Elections: Mary Hallam Pearse, Courtney Starrett, Kristi Kloss
SNAG Office: Tara Jecklin, Ellen Laing, Dana Singer
Conference Program Book: Jean Savarese, Melissa McGurgan
The 2012 Hoover & Strong Scholarship recipient:
Hoover and Strong $3,000 Award for production jewelry design
Jolee Mickesh graduate student, Bowling Green University
The 2012 Educational Endowment Scholarship recipients:
SNAG $2,000 Award
Erica Meier, graduate student, University of Wisconsin, Madison
SNAG $1,500 Award
Lindsay Fisher, undergraduate student, Grand Valley State University
SNAG $1,000 Award
Bongsang Cho, graduate student, Savannah College of Art and Design
At the time of this news posting, the SNAG conference had just ended on May 26. We will give a conference report and thank everyone involved by name soon. In the meantime, check out the digital color copy of the conference program book online.
Were You There?
If you attended the SNAG conference in Phoenix/Scottsdale and took photos, then SNAG wants your best ones! For our website, online slideshows, and/or future conference marketing. Email Ellen Laing <firstname.lastname@example.org> to find out how to submit your photographs.
We Need Your Feedback
If you attended the Heat is On conference in Phoenix/Scottsdale, you will have just received a 10-minute online survey to tell us about your experiences while they’re still fresh. Your comments, both the good and the not so good, and your great ideas for future conferences are very important to SNAG! Please complete your survey as soon as you get it, before you unwind and memories fade.
2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
SNAG bestowed its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on J. Fred Woell for a lifetime of exceptional service and achievement in art and education that spans 50+ years. The award ceremony took place at the SNAG conference, with Woell giving a short presentation of his life and work, and the conference was also dedicated to him. Read more about Woell and watch for the piece about him in Metalsmith later this year.
We are pleased to announce the results of the 2012 election
President-Elect: Renee Zettle-Sterling
Board Members: Brigette Martin and Marthe Le Van
Nominations & Elections Committee: Michael Dale Bernard
SNAG is proud to present the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award to J. Fred Woell
J. Fred Woell has had a successful career in art and education that spans 50 years. He’s taught quite a number of well-known jewelry artists, and is noted for being the first in the field to work with cast found objects and found objects in his metalwork for political and social commentary.
“I make things I hope people can laugh at and yet take seriously. I use my work as a platform to express my reaction to things I see around me. I use humor in my work to make the serious nature of those things bearable.
It is my aim to make an object look complete and posses a quality that gives the work a presence or life of its own. I try hard to keep the freshness of my fingerprint on the work and to maintain an intimate, spontaneous quality that will give it a timeless character. I work largely with found objects that come into my life by serendipity. I do my best to allow these “things” I assemble to come together and form unique objects. Taking the chance of assembling these things means some things must be changed and even destroyed when they are assembled. It makes the work a discovery and keeps the creative process edgy. ”
His pieces are in the permanent collections of museums across the country, including the American Craft Museum, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the Contemporary Museum of Honolulu, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum.
Woell’s work has been published in Metalsmith and Ornament magazines, numerous jewelry reference books, and he’s the author of Handouts from the 20th Century: A Collection of Teaching Aids Created and Gathered by J. Fred Woell During 20 Years of Teaching.
His teaching career has included teaching positions at Boston University; Swain School of Design, New Bedford, Mass.; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; and the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Woell has received 3 National Endowment for the Arts Grants, an American Craft Council award (1995), a Society of Arts and Crafts Arts Award (2004), a “Master Craft Artist Recognition” by the Maine Crafts Association (2009), and in 2010, The Florida Society of Goldsmiths named Woell the recipient of their National Metalsmith’s Hall of Fame award.