The sixth juried member online exhibition in the We Are SNAG Membership Series.
Call for entries available on CaFE
2019 marks 50 years since the inception of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. From traditional goldsmiths to alternative material-smiths, from bench jewelers to educators, SNAG’s membership spans an extensive population of makers. This year’s membership exhibition will celebrate the diversity and growth of the organization over the last 50 years.
Jurors: Sienna Patti and Taisha Carrington
- Open to all current SNAG members 18 years of age or older.
- Applicants need not reside in the United States.
- All work must be original and produced within the last five years (2014 or later).
- Objects made from commercial kits or commercially available plans are NOT ELIGIBLE.
- Applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to apply with images that have not been widely circulated in Metalsmith or other publications.
- Collaborations are allowed under the conditions that 1), all artists involved are current members of SNAG; and 2), artists may only participate in one application: either as part of a collaboration OR as part of a personal application, but not both.
- Because this is an online exhibition, the audience can only experience the work through the photos you submit, therefore please submit the best possible photos that show the work as clearly as possible.
- There are no size restrictions for this exhibition.
- Artworks included in previous SNAG exhibitions or publications are not eligible.
- Applicant must be a current member of SNAG both during the application and when the exhibition goes live.
- Applications must be received by midnight (11:59:59 pm) MOUNTAIN TIME October 15, 2019. Please account for time zone differences, as entries are not eligible via email and no exceptions will be made.
- All entries must be made online through CallForEntry.org
- CallForEntry.org applications may be supplemented with video submissions. For consideration, one video per artwork may be sent to email@example.com Videos may also be shared via Dropbox, Google Drive, or YouTube.
- The application fee of $25 is non-refundable.
- This fee is used for domain hosting costs of the exhibition, juror honorariums, promotional materials, and CallForEntry.org fees
- For each submission, please submit a general shot of your original work. Artists may submit up to 3 separate pieces (3 images).
- If a detail image is necessary to understand object, please include it as a small thumbnail in your general shot of the artwork.
- All works must be accompanied by title, material, dimensions, year of completion.
- Artists may submit an artist statement up to 3000 characters.
- Artists must include a brief bio, up to 3000 characters.
- All decisions of the jurors are final.
- All work must be original. By completing this application, artist agrees that he/she is responsible for the creation of submitted works.
September 1, 2019 – Call opens on CallForEntry.org to SNAG Members
October 15, 2019 – Deadline for Entry
December 1, 2019 – Notification of Results to Artists (by email)
December 15, 2019 – Online Exhibition goes live on SNAG//SPACE website
*Dates may be subject to change.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Goldsmith ’20 will be held during the SNAG conference in Philadelphia, PA, in May 2020. Venue to be announced.
Entry deadline has passed.
As a continuation of SNAG’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, this exhibition will both pay homage to our past and look ahead to our future.
The first SNAG exhibition, Goldsmith ‘70, was held in 1970 and was curated by Stanley Lechtzin and John Prip. It took place at the Minnesota Museum of Art in Minneapolis and highlighted the proficiency of an art form (jewelry and metal vessels) that more or less began after World War II and was, at that time, found to be maturing to the point of being ready for a museum exhibition.
To quote Stanley Lechtzin from his curator’s statement:
“The high level of technical competence displayed by most of the entered work was pleasantly surprising and encouraging. As recently as five years ago, this degree of skill was not common in American metalsmithing. This can be directly attributed, I feel, to the numerous excellent metalsmithing and jewelry programs presently being offered in the universities and colleges. The young craftsman today is being exposed to tools and techniques which were not available to his predecessors. It is apparent that a tradition of excellence is developing.”
Goldsmith ‘20 will be a nod in the direction of our predecessors, with a modern twist.
SNAG members were invited to look at the pieces and makers that were in the original exhibition to influence their own creation.
A copy of the original Goldsmith ’70 exhibition catalog can be found here.
You can also click here to see images and descriptions of all the pieces from the catalog, located in the American Craft Council Library & Archives Digital Collection.
Unfortunately, the original catalog does not have images of every piece in the exhibition.
Even though the titles of both of the exhibitions include the word Goldsmith, the first had very little gold, and makers were invited to create pieces out of any materials they chose for the Goldsmith ’20 exhibition.
To quote John Prip from his curator’s statement written in 1970:
“…we must be aware of the large number of young people currently choosing metalsmithing as their life work. We are just beginning to hear from them.”
- Deadline has passed
- Notification Letter: October 31, 2019
- Exhibition and opening reception to be held during the SNAG May 2020 conference in Philadelphia, PA, exact dates and venue TBA
SUBMISSIONS AND FEES:
- Open to current SNAG members.
- Entries may be an image of the finished piece or a drawing of the piece you plan to make. You will be asked to indicate the artist and piece you are inspired by, as well as any other information you feel necessary for the jurors to make an informed decision about your submission.
- Only original works or drawings of original works may be submitted. The fee is $35.00 for up to two (2) images. You may submit up to two (2) different works/drawings, but only one (1) work will be selected per artist. The third image you submit should be of the actual piece you were inspired by.
- All entries must be registered/received by September 16, 2019 11:59 PM MT.
- Entry fees are non-refundable.
Maximum Size: 8”x8”x8”
Maximum Weight: 15 lbs.
Artists will be responsible for delivery of all their artwork. The artist assumes all responsibility for insuring artwork against shipping damage or loss.
SNAG or host institution will be responsible for return shipping and insurance to the artist of any pieces not sold during the exhibition.
SNAG or host institution will also be responsible for the delivery of any sold work to the purchaser.
All artwork must be priced for sale.
Artwork cannot be withdrawn, nor sales shipped, before the end of the exhibit.
The artist will retain 50% of any piece sold. The price represented on the artist entry form will be the sale price.
With the submission of artwork into the Goldsmith ‘20 exhibition, the artist agrees to all the terms and conditions set forth in this prospectus.
ABOUT THE JURORS:
Dominique Bereiter has been serving as a SNAG board member since 2015. She was trained as a neuroscientist and worked in this field for 25 years (in Switzerland and the US). While working in science, she took numerous classes at the Rhode Island School of Design and other art centers. In 2006 she changed her focus from medical research to art, set up a studio and immersed herself in designing and making jewelry. In 2014 she was the juror for Jewelry in the Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis. Since 2016 she has been on the Studio Program Advisory Committee at Stout University. She is also a collector and supporter of the arts.
Eleanor Moty is Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she taught jewelry and metalsmithing from 1972 to 2001. She has been a member of SNAG since 1970, was one of nine presenters at the first SNAG conference in St. Paul, MN and exhibited work in the Goldsmith 70 juried exhibition.
For more than five decades her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries and is included in private and museum collections. Among them are:
- Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
- The Hermitage State Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
- Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Helen Williams Drutt Collection, Houston, TX
- Pinakothek der Modern, Munich, Germany
- Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
- Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Elizabeth Shypertt is a SNAG board member and co-founder of Velvet da Vinci art jewelry gallery in San Francisco. Over the 23 years of running the gallery, Elizabeth organized more than 80 exhibitions including one-person and group shows. Since leaving the gallery, Elizabeth has curated jewelry shows for the Petaluma Arts Center, the Center for Enamel Arts, Shibumi Gallery in Berkeley, and most recently, an exhibition of SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Tex Gieling, for the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.
The theme for the 2020 Halstead Design Challenge, connection, is inspired by the city of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Participants will create a necklace that explores interpretations of the theme, connection. Examples of connection include love, friendship, mechanical, physical, mentor/mentee, relationship and family. The bond between parent and child, human and Earth, the sun and the sky; connection can be conceptual, or physical, technical processes. Connection to a place or a time are possibilities too.
The exhibition will be held at the SNAG conference in Philadelphia, PA, May 20-23, 2020 (exact dates/times TBA).
The 2020 Exhibition in Motion (EiM) will be a runway-type live exhibition event that will take place at SNAG’s next conference, “Grit to Gold: Future Fifty,” in Philadelphia, PA, May 20-23, 2020.
The theme is Future Now. What is important to you as we move into the future? What do you see as the future of SNAG, of the field, our environment, and our world?