From the Field
We are saddened to share the news that Seattle metalsmith Nancy Lee Worden passed away from ALS on February 17, 2021. Nancy was a long-time SNAG member and supporter.
Nancy’s jewelry art is known for weaving together personal narratives with current politics. She took her first jewelry class at Central Washington University and enrolled in their metal arts program headed by Ken Cory, earning a BFA in 1977. In 1980, she enrolled in the University of Georgia and studied under Gary Noffke. Nancy went on to work in retail jewelry and art galleries, organize exhibitions for other artists, and teach. Her work is represented in collections around the world.
You can read more on the American Craft Council website.
Maria Tritico, the education director at the Lighthouse ArtCenter and a recent SNAG member, tragically lost her life after a stray bullet struck her this month.
Maria was a graduate of Texas State University and The Art Institute of Chicago, and worked at the ArtCenter since 2017. She was a metalsmith and jewelry artist. Her work features silver and gold asymmetrical patterns on earrings and necklaces and had been on display in the United States and Canada. She also worked with art-therapy programs for veterans, the elderly, and for adults with special needs.
Lighthouse ArtCenter has created a memorial fund to continue the work Maria was doing. Those interested can donate at lighthousearts.org
All of us at SNAG are so sorry to hear of this terrible loss and our thoughts are with her friends, coworkers and family.
Source: The Palm Beach Post website. Photo: Provided to The Palm Beach Post by Laura Zele.
The staff and board of SNAG were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Carolyn Benesh. Carolyn was the founding co-editor and co-publisher of Ornament magazine since 1974. She also worked with Craft in America as an advisor and board members since its inception. Carolyn, along with her son Patrick, have been long-time members and supporters of SNAG. She has brought much to the field through traveling and documenting jewelry, textiles and more. We know that Carolyn will be greatly missed.
You can read a memorial message from Patrick and Robert at Ornament here.
SNAG extends its sincere condolences to all of Carolyn’s family and friends.
Roberta Jean “Robin” Kraft, age 65, of Lafayette Indiana and Portsmouth, Virginia, passed away Monday, September 7, 2020. Robin was a long-time member and supporter of SNAG.
She graduated Naperville High school, Naperville Illinois in 1973, obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Painting in 1978 from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Kent State University in 1991.
Robin was Professor of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana from 1994 until her retirement in 2019. She was a wonderful teacher and mentor, devoted to and loved by her students. Her curiosity and thirst for knowledge was infectious and she inspired her students to work hard to meet her expectations.
Robin was an artist in the true sense of the word, approaching her artwork seriously and studiously. Her talent and versatility in material usage enabled her to focus on content. Her work is beautiful, meticulously and painstakingly crafted, eliciting wonder from her audience. Robin’s work had to answer the right questions or would not make it to completion – there was never a ‘good enough’. Her thoughtfulness about a subject was apparent in each piece she made.
Named in honor of NYC-based Black jewelry designer Art Smith (1917-1982), a group of 50 jewelry industry brands have joined forces to fund a $50,000 endowed scholarship at The New York Fashion Institute (FIT). It will create scholarships and mentorships to support Black students attending the school’s Jewelry Design program. Learn more
above: Jewelry designer Art Smith (photo courtesy of For Future Reference)