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
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.
2019 marked the 50th anniversary of SNAG’s formation as an organization. To celebrate this milestone we are planned a variety of events, including the Graduating Student Showcase. In honor of SNAG’s mission to inspire creativity, encourage education, and foster community, we invited all graduating students to submit images of their work to be displayed on our exhibition website SNAG//SPACE.
above image: Untitled, Jin Wu, University of Oregon
What’s old is new again. Karma. Rebirth. Revival.
The 2019 Halstead Design Challenge explores the theme of CYCLE by playing with ideas on continuity, loops or lifecycles! 2019 is a special year for SNAG as the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary. Such occasions are a time for reflection on the past and the future. There are interpretations of repetition or progression, fabrication techniques and creative use of a found object – all brought to life as a neckpiece or pendant!
A juried selection from all entries was exhibited during the SNAG Chicago conference in May 2019. The work is on view in our online exhibition.