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.
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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