The highly acclaimed exhibition, “The Art of Gold” ended a successful three-year tour on January 6, 2006. The exhibition opened in January 2003 at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA. From there it traveled to the University of Richmond Museums in Richmond, VA; to the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS; to The Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, AR; to The Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, NC; to The J. Wayne Stark University Center Galleries in College Station, TX; to The Anchorage Museum of History and Art in Anchorage, AK; to The Perspective Gallery in Blacksburg, VA; to The Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, MI; and finally to the Joe & Emily Lowe Art Gallery in Syracuse, NY.
“The Art of Gold” was curated by Michael Monroe, former director and curator of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibition was composed of 79 objects, primarily jewelry and including hollowware, vessels, small sculptures and other non-jewelry items. The tour was coordinated and managed entirely by ExhibitsUSA, a division of the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
The exhibition catalog was made possible through the generosity of a group of individuals, foundations and organizations: The Art Jewelry Forum, The Webb Roven Foundation, Anne and Ronald Abramson, The Richard and Kate Witkin Fund, Daphne Farago, Beth Pollack, Barbara Waldman and Dennis Winger, Louis and Sandra Grotta, Samuel and Eleanor Rosenfeld, Flora Book, and The Society of North American Goldsmiths. Michael Monroe and Bruce Metcalf wrote the catalog essays.
In October 2003, the work from the 2003 Exhibition in Print, “Contemporary Enamel,” curated by Gretchen Goss and Maria Phillips, exhibited at SOFA Chicago. The work of 48 artists was featured in this edition of the Exhibition in Print, with two essays, one by the curators and the second by Toni Greenbaum.
SNAG and 3M, Inc. joined resources to produce this competition and exhibition in 2001-2002. The exhibition was one of the highlights of SNAG’s 2002 conference in Denver, opening at the Center for Visual Arts of Metropolitan State College. Kiff Slemmons, Charles Crowley, and Edward S. Cooke, Jr. juried the slides of 180 entrants reflecting nearly 450 objects. Ninety pieces were chosen for the exhibition. Mary Lee Hu, Harold O’Connor and 3M’s Ron Wenaas judged the exhibition in Denver and awarded cash prizes. The catalog was coordinated by Anne Hollerbach and published by SNAG. Suzanne Ramljak and Edward S. Cooke, Jr. wrote the catalog essays, and Anne Hollerbach wrote the Afterword.
In October 2000, the work from the juried Exhibition in Print exhibited at SOFA Chicago. The three jurors, Ramona Solberg, Rachelle Thiewes and Tom Herman, chose the work of 41 artists, showcasing jewelry, hollowware, sculptural pieces, and vessels. The essay was by art and cultural critic Lucy Lippard.
New Jewellery by Members of the Society of North American Goldsmiths
This exhibition, jointly produced by SNAG and the Shipley Gallery, Gateshead, England, opened at the Shipley Gallery in March 1996. It was the inaugural event of the professional conference, “Jewellers Exchange ’96—The International Dimension.” The exhibit then toured three other venues in northern England, stopping at the Birmingham School of Jewellery and Silversmithing; the James Hockey Gallery; Surrey Institute of Art, Farnham; and the Cleveland Craft Centre in Middlesbrough. It then moved to the United States, where it opened at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN, and moved to its final venue, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA.