2020’s SNAG conference would have marked another historic milestone: the 50th anniversary of SNAG’s first conference. Since the original group of smiths came together at the organization’s first conference in 1970, the impact continues to resonate in the organization as SNAG endeavors to positively influence and enhance the livelihood of its large membership. While the 2019 conference in Chicago celebrated SNAG’s 50th birthday and reflected on the last fifty years, in 2020 we turn our focus to the future.
In keeping with the theme of the conference, SNAG’s 2020 Juried Student Exhibition, entitled “Grit to Gold” focuses on the future of the field.
Exhibition juried by Leila Cartier and Lindsay Ketterer Gates.
SNAG’s 48th Annual Conference, “The Loop,” celebrated 50 years of SNAG by focusing on the history of our field and SNAG’s vital place within that history, as both are inextricably intertwined through the collective pivotal moments that have brought the makers, educators, artists, and students in this field together and to where we are today.
In keeping with the theme of the conference, SNAG’s 2019 Juried Student Exhibition, entitled “Coming Full Circle,” focused on the journey our field has gone through over the past 50 years and provides a chance to explore work that celebrates and reflects on our field’s history.
Exhibition Juried by Karen Lorene and Georgina Treviño.
In homage to SNAG’s 50th Golden Anniversary, we put out the call for AURUM: The Golden Year. Gold is so much more than a color of material; it is a moment, a feeling, a way of marking. The applications we received in return celebrate the vast array of styles, views, and interpretations of what is golden, from classic to kitsch, and always, LARGE. As a committee, we are inspired by the diversity and strength of our makers and models, who push themselves into new territories, and have formed lasting collaborations. It is our privilege to welcome new and returning artists to Exhibition in Motion, year after year. We are proud that this event is an opportunity for SNAG members, from students to established artists, to come together and exhibit the many facets of the SNAG community.
Exhibition in Motion Co-Chairs:
Celina Zisman, Louise Perrone, Matt Lambert
The sixth juried member online exhibition in the We Are SNAG Membership Series.
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.
Sienna Patti founded Sienna Patti Contemporary in 1998 and specializes in contemporary studio jewelry and artists that use craftsmanship as an intellectual and structural vehicle for their ideas. A leading figure in studio jewelry, Patti has lectured and presented artists and designers in major museums and exhibitions around the world. As an appraiser and dealer, she continues to place artists in public and private collections.
Taisha Carrington is a multidisciplinary artist creating work in New York and Barbados. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute where she began developing a body of work consisting of installations, sculpture and contemporary jewelry.
Her work investigates the liminality of the Caribbean immigrant life, land occupation and healing of Caribbean bodies post colonialism. Taisha creates ‘devices’ and performances for self healing and facilitation of social dialogue about generational trauma while proposing methods for rebirth, reclamation, and the reimagining of the value of afro Caribbean bodies and communities.
Taisha was named ‘One for the future’ by the inaugural New York City Jewelry Week and was selected as a CFDA+ Design Graduate. She recently presented as an Early Career artist at the SNAG conference and the Museum of Art and Design. Most recently Taisha has completed an artist residency at Chautauqua Institution where she further explored less traditional forms of body adornment to expand her relationship with jewelry and build more bridges between art jewelry and fine art disciplines.
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May 21-June 23, 2019
Gallery 2052, Chicago, IL
In celebration of SNAG’s 50th anniversary
This exhibition was of masterful works by makers who have worked for more than 25+ years, have achieved substantial visibility and recognition, studio and exhibition history, and whose unique ideas have been innovating and celebrating jewelry, objects and sculpture and enhancing the story of American studio jewelry and metalsmithing.
Gallery 2052 is a gallery showcasing contemporary jewelry and design, located in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. Owned by metalsmith and gallerist, Nora McCarthy, Gallery 2052 showcased this important exhibition in celebration of SNAG’s 50th birthday.
Harriete Estel Berman
Harlan W. Butt
Jack da Silva
Marilyn da Silva
David C. Freda
John G. Garrett
Gary S. Griffin
Susan H. Hamlet
Mary Lee Hu
Robin Kranitzky; Kim Overstreet
Gail M. Brown is an Independent Curator whose interest is to enhance visibility and education about contemporary craft within the larger visual arts community. She trained as a printmaker at the Philadelphia College of Art where she identified her own connection to process and media while exploring etching and lithography. She has been watching the contemporary craft movement since the early nineteen eighties. She is a passionate observer of the unique potential of art in craft media: for the communication of issue-oriented and aesthetic ideas coupled with extensive examination of chosen material process, within the long decorative arts continuum. She curates focused exhibitions, which share exceptional work from a national/international body of mature and mid-career artists and introduce potent ideas and forms by younger makers.
Brown prefers to address the diverse directions she looks for in artists, aesthetics, and issues. Culled from 50 years of studio jewelry and metalsmithing, Gail M. Brown chose makers who mastered their field.