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.
SNAG was pleased to be a sponsor of the 2018 Triple Parade exhibition in Shanghai, China. The Triple Parade is a prestigious nonprofit biennial international cultural project that has become one of the leading contemporary applied art and design exhibitions for expanding cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world. The theme was “Three Times: Dialogue Across the Past, the Present, the Future.” The exhibition took place October 19, 2018 through January 6, 2019 at the HOW Art Museum, Shanghai, China.
“SNAG is delighted to be a sponsor of the 2018 Triple Parade exhibition,” said Executive Director Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith. “The Triple Parade perfectly aligns with our mission of supporting a diverse international jewelry and metals community by fostering critical discourse through the exchange of artworks. We are proud to have 12 SNAG members represented at the HOW Art Museum.”
- Emily Cobb
- Dan DiCaprio
- Don Friedlich
- Aurelie Guillaume
- Adam Hawk
- Kevin Hughes
- Yong Joo Kim
- Matt Lambert
- Wendy McAllister
- Paul McClure
- Ezra Satok-Wolman
- Lauren Tickle
SNAG Board member Ezra Satok-Wolman, a Canadian jewelry artist and master goldsmith, was an early advocate of SNAG’s involvement in the event and focusing on developing new partnerships for SNAG. “To date, our mission has been focused primarily on North America,” says Satok-Wolman. “As the world becomes more connected, our desire to enrich our understanding of the field in a broader sense has led us to seek out new partners. In doing so, we hope to not only develop a better understanding of the field from new international and cultural perspectives, but also collaborate with other countries and their institutions to cultivate a broader dialogue and bring forth new exhibitions, enrich our publications, and encourage new members and contributors to join us in those efforts.”
The fifth juried member online exhibition in the We Are SNAG Membership Series.
When considering the temporal qualities of metalwork, it is often its endurance over time that comes to mind. Jewelry is passed from one generation to the next, is tied to memory and intimacy, and historically, the stability, durability, and preciousness of its materials added value to its composition. With the Studio Craft movement coming to the fore in the 1950s, the correlation between value and material was subverted, and the possibilities of expression in the field expanded dramatically. This exhibition seeks to explore the notion of “ephemerality” in its widest definition, showcasing work that explores transience, is comprised of impermanent materials, incorporates memorabilia and “ephemera,” and/or exists through time-based performance and photography.
This iteration of We Are SNAG comes at a pivotal marker in the institution’s history, its 50th anniversary.
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About the Jurors:
Kathryn Hall is Curator at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas, where she is responsible for developing and overseeing HCCC’s exhibitions and related programming. She previously served as the Windgate Curatorial Fellow at HCCC from 2012 to 2015. Kathryn received a BA in Art History from Wofford College and an MA in Art History from the University of Georgia. Some recent exhibitions that she has curated include: Light Charmer: Bending Neon and Plasma (2018), Annie Evelyn: Multiple Impressions (2017), United by Hand: Work and Service by Drew Cameron, Alicia Dietz, and Ehren Tool (2017), Charlotte Potter: Glass Armory (2016), and Dining and Discourse: A Discussion in Three Courses (2015). She is a scholar of contemporary craft and material culture and has contributed to Metalsmith magazine, Studio Potter magazine, and most recently juried the Surface Design Association’s Exhibition in Print, Future Fabrication (2017) with Richard Elliott. Kathryn currently serves on the ClayHouston board, an organization that supports ceramic artists working in Houston and the surrounding area. (photo: Scott Cartwright)
Sarah Darro is a curator and writer who has worked in arts institutions across the United States, in Italy, and in the United Kingdom. She is currently the Windgate Foundation Curatorial Fellow at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, where she has curated projects including; Treachery of Material: The Surrealist Impulse In Craft (2018), The Sound of Things (2017), BEST IF USED BY (2016), Head Gear (2017), and Pocket Museum (2017). Her exhibitions have been featured in publications such as American Craft, Condé Nast Traveler, UrbanGlass Quarterly, Food Network Magazine, Selvedge Magazine, and Arts + Culture Texas. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in visual, material, and museum anthropology from Oxford University and Bachelor’s degrees in art history and anthropology from Barnard College of Columbia University. Her research interests include artist communities and collectives, relational aesthetics, and the life histories and agency of objects.
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