Since 2001, SNAG has sponsored lectures at the International Expositions of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA). We bring some of the most interesting contemporary jewelers and metalsmiths into the public eye. All lectures are free to SOFA attendees. See www.sofaexpo.com for more information.


Upcoming SNAG-Sponsored Lectures at SOFA Chicago

Friday, November 2, 2018

SNAG Emerging Artists 2018         (9:00am-10:00am)
Three exceptional emerging jewelry artists, Tanya Crane from the U.S., Marie-Eve G. Castonguay from Canada, and Wanshu Li from the United Kingdom by way of China, will speak about the development of their jewelry and the sources that inspire them.

Tanya and Wanshu are represented at SOFA by Charon Kransen Arts and Marie-Eve by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h.
Sponsored by SNAG.

The Challenges of Working Large         (10:00am-11:00am)
Metal sculptor Hoss Haley will go through his experience in producing a public art commission. including, presentation, design, engineering, budget, and the unique challenges of building a sculpture several times larger that his studio.

Represented at SOFA by Momentum Gallery.
Sponsored by SNAG.

Vessels for my Heart         (11:00am-12:00pm)
Metal artist Kye-Yeon Son will share her personal journey to visualize emotive qualities such as wishes, memory, loss, and endurance in her vessels and jewellery. A faculty at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Kye was the winner of the Canada’s prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Represented at SOFA by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h.
Sponsored by SNAG.


Also of interest:

Layered Resplendence  
Join metalsmiths David Barnhill and David Huang as they take you on a visual journey documenting the making of a single Layered Resplendence vessel in their collaborative series. The talk will begin with Mr. Barnhill as he covers the fusing, forging, and patterning process known as Mokume Gane to create the patterned metal disk. Mr. Huang will then cover the raising, chasing, and finishing techniques he does to complete the work. It will be an exciting presentation showcasing the intricate steps of a collaborative piece from start to finish.

The Space In-Between               (3:00pm-4:00pm)
In her lecture Katja Toporski will discuss the metaphysical questions that from the backdrop to her work. Laser scans of far away comets, copies of prehistoric artifacts, and optical filters from smartphone touchscreens are just some of the ingredients she uses in her jewelry with which she addresses our perception and understanding of the world around us.

Past Lectures

SNAG Emerging Artists 2017
Kat Cole, Motoko Furuhashi and Anne-Sophie Vallée
SOFA Chicago Nov 2017

Genesis: Life and Form Through Different Lenses
Ezra Satok-Wolman and Wendy McAllister
SOFA Chicago Nov 2017

CAST: A New Book and the SOFA Artists It Features
Jen Townsend and Renèe Zettle-Sterling
SOFA Chicago Nov 2017

SNAG Emerging Artists 2016
Tara Locklear, Jin Seo and Aurélie Guillaume
SOFA Chicago Nov 2016

Using Language as an Inspiration for Jewelry
Jonathan Boyd
SOFA Chicago Nov 2016

Breaking New Ground
Rebecca Hannon
SOFA Chicago Nov 2016

SNAG Emerging Artists 2015
Lynn Batchelder, Sooyeon Kim and Laura Wood
SOFA Chicago Nov 2015

Drawing and Making
Jamie Bennett
SOFA Chicago Nov 2015

Things that Make my Heart Beat Faster
Donald Friedlich
SOFA Chicago Nov 2015

Other Fancy Stuff
Jeweler John Iversen and art historian Toni Greenbaum
SOFA Chicago Nov 2015

SNAG Emerging Artists 2014
Steven Gordon Holman, Lauren Tickle and Demitra Thomloudis
SOFA Chicago Nov 2014

Carrying Devices and Other Absurdities
Sigurd Bronger
SOFA Chicago Nov 2014

Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Donna Schneier, Bruce Metcalf, Kiff Slemmons and Don Friedlich
SOFA Chicago Nov 2014

SNAG Emerging Artists 2013
Dukno Yoon, Heather Bayless, and Yong Joo Kim
SOFA Chicago Nov 2013

Time is the Creator if it's Given a Chance
Daniel Pošta and Zdenek Vacĕk
SOFA Chicago Nov 2013

Living with Silver in the 21st Century
Rob and Jaap Thalen
SOFA Chicago Nov 2013

Gothic: Jewelry on the Edge
Marjorie Simon
SOFA Chicago Nov 2012

Killer Jewels
Paul McClure
SOFA Chicago Nov 2012

SNAG Emerging Artists
Heejin Hwang, Andrew Kuebeck, and Emanuela Duca
SOFA Chicago Nov 2012

Allusion, Motif and Identity in Silver
Marian Hosking
SOFA Chicago May 2012

The Transcendent Jewelry of Margaret de Patta: Vision in Motion
Ursula Ilse-Neuman
SOFA New York Apr 2012

Thinking Organically In a Digital Age
Doug Bucci
SOFA Chicago Nov 2011

Venus Adorned
Bruce Metcalf
SOFA Chicago Nov 2011

Two Visions
Sergey Jivetin and Jennifer Trask
SOFA New York Apr 2011

For People Who are Slightly Mad: American Modernist Jewelry
Panel Discussion
SOFA New York Apr 2011

Peering over the Palace Wall: The Neo-Palatial Aesthetic in Contemporary Art
Garth Clark
SOFA Chicago Nov 2010

A Wider World: Handmade and Fair Trade
Peggy Eng
SOFA Chicago Nov 2010

Holding Objects: What it Means to Wear Jewelry - The Psychoanalytic Mechanisms
Rock Hushka
SOFA New York Apr 2010

Jewelry Design: Surface in Depth
Stefano Marchette
SOFA New York Apr 2010

Simplicity, Intensity and Jewelry
Mirjam Hiller
SOFA Chicago Nov 2009

Stories from the Crystal Palace
Barbara Seidenath
SOFA Chicago Nov 2009

Allusion, Motif and Identity in Silver
Marian Hosking
SOFA New York Apr 2009

The Philanthropy of Craft: Innovative Ways to Make Your Charitable Contributions Count
Panel Discussion
SOFA Chicago Nov 2008

Why I Do What I Do
Karen Pontoppidan
SOFA New York Apr 2009

Jewelry Development
Anya Kivarkis, Suzie Ganch, and Sayumi Yokouchi
SOFA Chicago Nov 2007

Framing the Art of Jewelry
Suzanne Ramljak
SOFA Chicago Nov 2007

Exploration of Large Scale Jewelry and Scultpture
Marjorie Schick
SOFA Chicago Nov 2007

Re:Pair & Imperfection
Kiff Slemmons
SOFA New York Jun 2007

Development of Photo-etched Imagery
Bettina Speckner
SOFA Chicago Nov 2006

Naturalistically Inspired Hollowware and Jewelry Development
Sue Amendolara
SOFA Chicago Nov 2006

Aesthetic and Technical Developments
David Watkins
SOFA New York Jun 2006

Flatware: Function + Fantasy
Rosanne Raab
SOFA Chicago Oct 2005

On Jjoum-Ipsa: the Traditional Korean Damascene Technique
Jung Sil Hong
SOFA New York Jun 2005