The 2018 Halstead Design Challenge “Hidden” asked artists to play with the ideas of secrecy and mystery to create a brooch or convertible pendant constructed primarily from materials in the Halstead challenge kit. A juried selection from all entries was exhibited during the SNAG Portland, Oregon conference in May 2018. The work is on view in our online exhibition.
MADE: The 2018 Juried Student Exhibition highlighted student work that challenges traditional and non-traditional ways of working using new and old materials, techniques, and ideas by the next generation of makers in the metalsmithing and jewelry field. The exhibition was held in May during the SNAG conference in Portland, Oregon.
We all need protection from something, a physical threat, a natural disaster, or something that cannot always be seen such as racism, ageism or sexism. Or perhaps we have a desire to guard something vulnerable and in need of a voice on its behalf– such as endangered species, the atmosphere or future generations.
The 2018 Exhibition in Motion – Objects of Protection challenged artists to create works that would offer protection, either defensively or offensively, to the wearer. Participants were encouraged to push boundaries and create objects the likes of which had never been seen at any previous Exhibition in Motion. The exhibition was held during the SNAG conference in Portland, Oregon in May 2018.
The fourth juried member exhibition in the WE ARE SNAG series.
History has inspired artists for thousands of years. Rather than simply borrow imagery from the past, this exhibition asked artists to engage deeply with historical appropriation. Juried by Michael Dale Bernard (UW-Milwaukee) and Emily Stoehrer (MFA Boston).
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About the Jurors
Dr. Emily Stoehrer is the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where she oversees a collection that spans 6,000 years and includes more than 22,000 objects. She received her PhD from Salve Regina University and a master’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Over the last decade, Stoehrer has lectured extensively throughout the United States, and also in Europe and Asia. Most recently, she curated Past is Present: Revival Jewelry and was a contributor to the book Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry. Stoehrer is a member of the board of directors for the Society of North American Goldsmiths and is currently writing a book on jewelry and celebrity culture.
Michael Dale Bernard’s practice developed in the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. He received his BFA in Metals from the University of Illinois in 1999 and his MFA from California State University, Long Beach in 2007. He joined the faculty at UW–Milwaukee in 2012 where he is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in metal, jewelry and digital fabrication.
MDB’s highly stylized artwork explores image as urban commodity, hip-hop culture, and organic structure. Steel fabrication, alternative materials, and vibrant color coatings are prominent in his work. He co-curated the Monochrome Noir exhibition at Velvet da Vinci in 2013 and you can find his work in Showcase: 500 Necklaces and 500 Rings, and the 2009 and 2016 Metalsmith Exhibitions in Print.
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September 8-November 25, 2017
Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
Exhibition in Print: Repair and Renewal showcases outstanding metal artworks by over 20 artists. As an annual feature of Metalsmith magazine, the 2017 Exhibition in Print focuses on the metalwork tradition and the capacity for restoration by highlighting artists from across the United States as well as Germany, Belgium, and Finland. The exhibiting artists in this companion exhibition give renewed life to objects and materials through innovative art expression rooted in traditional metalsmithing mediums such as silver, copper, and gold, and nontraditional found objects such as horsehair, syringes, soap, and credit cards. Besides prolonging the life of the object, the act of repair also speaks to our yearning to make things right and to make things whole again.
Curated by Stuart Kestenbaum, Maine’s poet laureate and an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council, Exhibition in Print: Repair and Renewal features jewelry, sculpture and non-traditional wearable objects by emerging and established metalsmithing professionals and exposes the public to a variety of techniques and mediums.
Learn more about the Exhibition in Print.