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2018 Volunteer Recognition Award

Anne Havel VRAThe SNAG Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has awarded the 2018 Volunteer Recognition Award to Anne Havel.

Anne has served on SNAG’s Board of Directors since 2011. She has been SNAG’s Treasurer during those years. She also currently serves as Treasurer for The Enamelist Society and Pocosin Arts.

Anne will be recognized at the Membership Meeting during the SNAG Portland, Oregon conference in May 2018. Please be sure to congratulate her and attend that event!

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Top 10 Reasons to attend #SNAGMADE

 

Join SNAG for a countdown of their top 10 favorite reasons to attend the 2018 #SNAGMADE conference in Portland, Oregon! You won’t want to miss a single moment of the conference after this. Register by March 8, 2018 to get the best deal on registration rates! #SNAGPDX #SNAGMember

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Emerging Curtors Grant Awarded

Sasha NixonSNAG is pleased to announce that its Emerging Curators Grant has been awarded to Sasha Nixon. Nixon is completing the Masters program at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City.

SNAG’s Emerging Curators program offers grants up to $2,500 to assist an emerging curator or curators in executing an exhibition focused on jewelry and/or metalwork.

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SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: AGTA, Halstead, Pocosin Arts, and Shapeways.

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SNAG is Re-Launching the Road to Success Entrepreneurship Program

R2Slogo250The initial Road 2 Success was an initiative developed in 2013 as a way to engage and interact with our constituents that centered on mentoring the membership on various aspects of running a business and making a living in the field. The initial program was an informal online forum with participants asking seasoned mentors questions specifically related to the various aspects of entrepreneurship. As a result of the first Road 2 Success, it became apparent there was a lack of knowledge, resources, and specific training for jewelry and metalsmithing artists who wanted to pursue a career in creating, marketing, and selling their work.

Our new program, Road to Success: Avenues of Entrepreneurship, consists of four distinct avenues of education. 

Don’t miss this: March 21, 2018 from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. Eastern: Live Q&A with SNAG Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith to answer any questions you may have around this new program. This Live Q&A is free but registration is required to participate.

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2018 SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award, Sharon Church

Sharon ChurchSNAG is pleased to announce that the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Sharon Church.

Attuned to the power of adornment and its rituals, Sharon Church creates technically masterful jewels that address endurance and vulnerability. In her work, fragments of the natural world are rendered to address the beauty and impermanence within our own lives. A tireless champion of the potential and value of making, Church has enriched the contemporary practice of metalsmithing by welcoming and mentoring generations of makers to take risks and forge new connections through an ancient practice.

                           – 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Committee

Sharon Church received a B.S. in 1970 at Skidmore College and an M.F.A. in 1973 at the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Church grew up watching her mother doing craft work and wearing jewelry. She was inspired to take some jewelry courses in college. After working for a time as a secretary and making jewelry in the evenings at home, she pursued an M.F.A. at RIT.

She is known for her exquisite carved jewelry, which incorporates materials such as bone and wood. Her work has been included in over 70 exhibitions, represented by over 20 galleries across the United States, and is found in many private and public collections.

Church is now retired from teaching, having received the prestigious James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Educator Award. Between 1979 and 2014, she taught at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, formerly the Philadelphia College of Art. She has also been an instructor at Skidmore College, Arrowmont, Penland and Haystack.

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