Lectures

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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  
      (2:00pm-3:00pm)
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