Portfolio Reviews are a resource for emerging artists, students or anyone in need of critical feedback. Gallery representatives, curators, artists, educators, entrepreneurs and other professionals in the field will be available by appointment to review portfolios and provide professional advice and guidance.
The goal of the Portfolio Review is to create an opportunity to meet and hear from seasoned artists and professionals that can help in the development and advancement of artistic careers.
We are in the process of determining if we can hold some virtual Portfolio Reviews in 2020. Please check back.
If you have any questions, please email portfolioreview@
Learn how to make the most of your review HERE.
WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR PORTFOLIO REVIEW (if applicable):
- Photographs of your artwork, or your own laptop/tablet (fully charged)
- Actual artwork (if small enough for easy travel)
- Business Cards
- Exhibit postcards or announcements that feature your artwork
- Business Plan Proposals
Remember to pack everything you will need to make the most out of your review. The review will be 20 minutes and it moves quickly (it’s kind of like art speed dating)! Please be prepared with:
- Specific advice you are looking for in advance
- Questions about your work, website, etc.
- Your laptop/tablet fully charged and everything that you would like to have reviewed to be pre-loaded
2020 Portfolio Reviewers
These are the portfolio reviewers who were scheduled to be at the 2020 SNAG conference. Due to the cancellation of the conference, we regret that they were not able to meet with you in person.
Robert Blackson is the founding director of Temple Contemporary at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Temple Contemporary’s signature initiatives include Funeral for a Home, reForm with Pepón Osorio and the Fairhill community, and Symphony for a Broken Orchestra.
Michael Brehl has been a teaching metalsmith for over thirty years. He studied under Fred Fenster, Eleanor Moty, Mary Hu, and John Marshall. He makes hollowware and jewelry and lives in Mount Rainier, Maryland.
Leila Cartier is the Executive Director of CraftNOW Philadelphia, which unites organizations to promote the historic and contemporary role of the city in the fields of craft and making. Her studio practice is located in 1241 Carpenter Studios and she is represented by SchmidtDean Gallery.
Andy Cooperman has been a jeweler and metalsmith for over thirty years and a writer and educator for close to that. Cooperman’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in public and private collections as well as books and publications that include Art Jewelry Today (I, II & III), The Penland Book of Jewelry, Humor in Craft and many more.
Adriane Dalton is an artist, writer, and educator based in Richmond, Virginia. She is the Editor of Metalsmith and Metalsmith Tech magazines, and the annual Jewelry and Metals Survey (JaMS) published by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).
Sarah Darro is a curator of contemporary craft, material culture, and design. She is a Curatorial Research Fellow at the Corning Museum of Glass and is the 2019 American Craft Council Emerging Voices Awards Scholar. She contributes to publications on contemporary craft and decorative arts and has juried international exhibitions.
Dianne deBeixedon is an Associate Professor of Art at Old Dominion University. She graduated from Southern Illinois University and holds a MFA from the University of Georgia. Her work has been included in national and International Exhibitions, as well as articles in Chemical & Engineering News, Lapidary Journal, Metalsmith Magazine, Metalsmith Tech and The Anvil’s Ring. She is currently on the Board of Directors with SNAG.
Jeff Georgantes, MFA, Jewelry/Metals, CSU, Fullerton, BA, Art & MA, Sculpture, both from CSU, Humboldt. He helped develop and coordinate the Jewelry/Metals program at the Mendocino Art Center from 1990 until 2005 when he started his position as head of Jewelry/Metals at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
Lindley Gray is an independent jeweler working in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from Pratt Institute in 2010, she has worked within the industry as a designer and consultant for the past decade. Her personal collection, established in 2012, is sold in various specialty stores throughout the US.
Nicole Jacquard is currently an Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design Program at Indiana University. She was President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths serving two terms from 2015 – 17, and from 2017- 19.
Studio jeweler, goldsmith and educator. Madeja designs and fabricates geometric, architecturally inspired, kinetic pieces. As head of the BFA Jewelry Program at Pratt Institute, she has crafted a program that provides future jewelers with a grounding in theory, studio and professional practice.
Becky McDonah teaches Fine Art Metals at Millersville University in PA, and is a current member of SNAG’s Board of Directors. Becky received her MFA from Arizona State University and BA from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. She has also been active exhibiting, lecturing, and presenting workshops.
Rebecca Strzelec is a distinguished professor of Visual Arts at Penn State Altoona. She earned her BFA and MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Strzelec uses digital and analog methods to make narrative work that relies on found objects and discarded treasures.
Demitra Thomloudis is an assistant professor in the jewelry and metalwork area at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Her work challenges the construct of jewelry as a means to examine value, material sign systems and extensions of identity through the lens of place and site specificity.
Mallory Weston is an artist currently living and working in Philadelphia, PA. Her work involves a marriage between traditional jewelry techniques and textile techniques and she creates large-scale wearable pieces that allow metal to move with the fluidity of fabric. Mallory currently works as an Assistant Professor of Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia.
Kee-ho Yuen received a B.A. from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1983 and an M.F.A. in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from The University of Iowa (UI), US in 1989. He is currently a Professor and the Head of the UI Jewelry and Metal Arts program and serves on SNAG’s Board of Directors.