From the Field
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Exquisite pieces from a private collection of jewelry designed by Mary Ann Scherr (1921-2016) will be offered at auction by Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers on December 1, 2016. Ms. Scherr’s jewelry, and designs in metal, can be found in the permanent collections of major museums, including The Vatican, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Smithsonian, the U.S. National Archives in Washington, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, as well as many private collections.
As internationally renowned designer, educator and goldsmith, Ms. Scherr’s work includes automobile design, toy design, fashion design, illustration, experimental metal research and product development. Her unique designs and use of metal work in jewelry have garnered attention by collectors and jewelry connoisseurs throughout the world.
The auction begins at 6 PM EST, in Delaware, Ohio. Absentee and online bidding are available, and inquiries may be directed to Jewelry Specialist, Deborah Shub, email@example.com; 740.362.4771 or 740.919.9101
Don’t miss Lauren Kalman’s exhibition “But if the Crime is Beautiful…” at the Museum of Art and Design. She has covered the inside and outside of MAD’s jewelry cases with 2,000 golden brass leaves. This and many more exhibitions in this week’s news post.
We are saddened to announce that long-time SNAG member Betsy Douglas passed away on September 2, 2016. Douglas was an Arizona icon in the metals field with an illustrious career. Her work ranged from modern designs in silver, gold, pewter and titanium to more recent work with lead computer frames, Chinese coins, aluminum, brass and copper. Douglas served on the SNAG board from 1992 to 1994. In 2014 her art was featured in the exhibition Betsy Douglas: Metal and Beyond at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum in Mesa, Arizona. As a maker, her strength was in the excellence of design and elegance of form.
Call for Papers
Deadline August 30, 2016
“Critical Craft Forum: Gender and Jewelry”
Chairs: Namita Gupta Wiggers, Critical Craft Forum and Benjamin Lignel, Art Jewelry Forum
Despite the connection between jewelry and the body, significant critical analysis of the relationship between gender and adornment – particularly of contemporary art jewelry – is nascent at best. Critical Craft Forum is seeking papers that explore connections between this subject and forms of adornment, ornament, and art jewelry.
Submit 250-300 words on one specific question or issue about gender and jewelry in your research or art practice.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Selected panelists (six) will be invited to participate in online private and public discussions preceding the College Art Association (CAA) conference (February 15-18, 2017, New York, NY) via Art Jewelry Forum and Critical Craft Forum.
At the CAA conference, panelists will each present a brief, focused eight-minute paper, to be followed by a workshop/discussion among panelists and attendees, to be led by Lignel and Wiggers. Session is scheduled for February 16, 2017.
The goals: to identify and work collaboratively with researchers and artists exploring the relationship between gender and jewelry; to work collectively prior to the panel to build a core group with shared interests; to publicly share individual research investigations in the CAA session; and to use the broader collective group of attendees gathered for the session to further questions, thinking and concerns to expand critical frameworks for further study. Collective project work for this session with panelists and panel attendees will be acknowledged and explored in a forthcoming publication – the first to critically examine gender and art jewelry – currently being researched by Lignel and Wiggers.