On view at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) in Asheville, NC, July 31-August 22, 2015 was a collection of work from SNAG’s annual Exhibition in Print: “Moved by Metal: On Beauty as Interaction,” guest-curated by Wendy Steiner. The exhibition included a diverse range of works that invited interaction or empathy, and helped viewers to discover beauty in the process of engagement.
A virtual exhibition celebrating the breadth of our field and membership.
The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) is excited to present WE ARE SNAG: Identity, an online exhibition. This is the first a series of juried exhibitions featuring SNAG members and celebrating the breadth and diversity of their field. The exhibition was carefully juried by Tim McCreight, C. James Meyer, and Stacey Lee Webber.
The expansive community of SNAG encompasses everyone from makers, designers, craftspeople, writers, artists, students, teachers, hobbyists, and more. Such a collection of rich backgrounds create a community excited to engage in thoughtful conversation and critical discussion. This is why SNAG has been so successful at preserving tradition while simultaneously forging forward and embracing innovation. It isn’t hard to see why SNAG continues to spark captivating discussions and cultivate innovative new ideas.
WE ARE SNAG: Identity celebrates the talented members of SNAG. It gives a glimpse into the collection of stunning, colorful, and unique works they work so hard to create.
SNAG’s second virtual exhibition features the art of the goldsmith.
Jurors: George Sawyer, Judith Kinghorn, and Tom Herman
We apologize but this online exhibition has been temporarily removed.
For centuries, master goldsmiths worked with precious metals, gemstones, and pearls, delivering highly desired jewelry and hollowware to courts and churches. The traditional techniques and skills needed to produce extraordinary pieces have changed little over time. Shown in museums, acquired for private collections, sold at esteemed auction houses, and universally revered, the finest examples of contemporary goldsmithing continue to astound viewers with their timeless beauty and skillful execution.
The SNAG Exhibition Planning Committee awarded the SNAG Exhibition Partners Award to co-curators Marilyn da Silva and Curtis Arima, and California College of Arts to help support their exhibition Reflection: 100 Years of Jewelry/Metal Arts at California College of the Arts. The exhibition, featuring the work of Jewelry/Metal Arts faculty and alumni spanning the decades, was open at the Oliver Art Center, Tocoah Bruce Gallery, January 23-February 14, 2013.
An exhibition held at SOFA Chicago in November 2012, featuring work from the 2012 Metalsmith magazine Exhibition in Print, “Contemporary Gothic Jewelry” curated by Valerie Steele. The exhibition then moved to The Metal Museum in Memphis, TN.
“Gothic” is an epithet with a strange history; evoking images of death, destruction and decay. From its origins in the 18th-century literature of terror to its contemporary manifestations in art, cinema and design, the gothic is associated with the powers of horror and the erotic macabre.
But contemporary gothic jewelry involves far more than just skull rings. It draws on the imagery of medieval body armor, ecclesiastical design, the Victorian cult of mourning, taxidermy, body parts (especially blood, bone, and skin), and the femme fatale, as well as ideas about decadence, memory, and fear. The 2012 Exhibition in Print explored all aspects of contemporary gothic jewelry.