Candidates for the Board of Directors – 2021
Jessica Andersen was born in the small farming community of Audubon, Iowa. She received a B.F.A. in Jewelry & Metal Arts in 2009 from the University of Iowa. In 2011, Jessica began graduate school at San Diego State University where she received her M.F.A. in Jewelry and Metalwork. Jessica has completed residencies at Craft Alliance in St. Louis, MO and at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft where she had time to experiment and develop her work as a studio artist. Her work has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, including at the Talente Exhibition at the International Trade Show in Munich. Jessica currently resides in San Diego, California.
Kerianne Quick is a Californian artist/craftsperson and Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metalwork at San Diego State University. Quick received her Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) in Applied Design from San Diego State University, and her Master of Fine Arts in Metal (with distinction) from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. In 2011 she was the recipient of Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship prompting her relocation to Amsterdam where she spent one year working on Gijs Bakker’s (Droog Design) Chi ha paura…? project. She has been awarded numerous grants; most recently a SDSU University Project Grant for her project [A] Portrait of People in Motion which investigates the role objects play during and after a migration journey. Her research is rooted in exploring craft as cultural phenomena and material specificity, with an emphasis on jewelry and personal adornment. Quick co-founded the zine/journal CRAFT DESERT with professor Adam John Manley (SDSU), does curatorial projects under the name Secret Identity Projects with Professor Jess Tolbert (UTEP), and is the co-author of the (Affective) Craft Manifesto. Highlights from her exhibition record include the Museum of Art and Design in New York, Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City, the National Museum for Women in the Arts in D.C., Salon del Mobile in Milan, and Design Week Amsterdam. Her work is included in major collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Netherlands Design Museum (Stedelijk).
April Wood is a metalsmith living and working in Baltimore, MD. She is a co-founder of the Baltimore Jewelry Center, a metals + jewelry community education space in Baltimore city, where she is Studio Manager, Exhibitions Director, and an Instructor. She received her BFA in Studio Art, concentrating in Metals/Jewelry from Texas State University – San Marcos and her MFA from Towson University. She has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Penland School of Crafts, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and Towson University. Her work has been featured in Metalsmith, Surface Design Journal, and Sculpture. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Austin Museum of Art and SIERAAD International Art Jewelry Fair in Amsterdam.
Board of Directors Service Information & FAQs
The Board of Directors of SNAG is established in the Constitution and By-Laws to govern the affairs of the society and exercise its executive functions. This includes advocacy for the organization and its membership. The board members’ activities are diverse depending on the governing board led committee they serve on.
In general, board members are expected to be passionate about the field, transparent in their actions, and diligent in their work. It is important for members of the board to work well with others (especially through difficult issues) and to complete tasks in a timely manner.
The board is committed to exhibiting professionalism and the importance of developing specific roles for the board members to participate in fundraising, governance, strategic planning, and financial oversight. The board does not participate in day to day activities or operations of the organization. Those duties fall to the staff and volunteers.
Fundraising has become a major focus of the current board. Every board member has to be willing to actively pursue potential sources of donations to our organization and to make a financial commitment themselves.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If you have further questions about what it is like to serve on the SNAG Board of Directors, please contact the Chair of the NEC, or any board member.
1. How much time is involved in serving on SNAG’s board?
Elected positions on the board last 3 years. Appointed positions can last up to 3 years with the option of extending the term by an additional year. Typically, board members spend 10 to 15 hours a month working on their assigned areas. Most of that time is taken up by email discussions about areas of responsibilities together with ongoing board business conducted between meetings. There are also board conference calls that can be frequent (monthly) or infrequent (every other month/once a quarter) depending on circumstances. These can be between 1-2 hours.
Each board member attends the bi-annual board meetings, one in the fall and the other in the days immediately before the conference. The face to face board meetings last 2.5 days (not counting travel time). For example, the face to face board meeting could run all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday until noon. People travel to the meeting on Thursday evening, and return home Sunday late afternoon to early evening.
2. What is expected of a board member at the beginning of their service?
Each new board member will participate in four hours of board orientation, where they will learn about the role and responsibilities of a SNAG board member, the inner working of the organization, and how the board led governing committees work. After board orientation, each board member will work with the Board Fundraising Chair to develop their annual fundraising plan and with the president to determine which committees they will serve on.
3. What kind of projects does the board work on? What will my assignments be?
Each board member participates in at least two of the board governing committees and each individual project will be based on those committee’s workplan for the year. The Board Governing Committees are: Executive, Strategic Planning, Finance, Programming, Impact/Evaluation, and Fundraising.
4. Is a monetary donation to SNAG a condition of board service?
Yes, every board member is expected to make a cash donation to the level they are comfortable. Many of our grants and supporters require that all board invest in SNAG this way. Every board member also is expected to help SNAG in its fundraising efforts. Each year SNAG asks every board member to pledge their personal goal and strive to achieve it. This is a strong goal, not a requirement necessarily. We have to change the culture of giving, not only on the board but throughout the organization, otherwise we will fail to exist.
We ask you to make SNAG a priority in your own charitable giving. It has been shown that others are more inclined to make donations if 100% of the board has made their own donations, and granting organizations look more favorably upon organizations where there is 100% board participation in annual giving.
We understand that everyone is not able to make a large donation. The amount of the contribution is up to each individual, appropriate to his or her level of income. In-kind donations count towards this as well; people often waive reimbursement for part or all of the expenses they incur as board members.
5. How are board meetings conducted?
Except the two face to face board meetings, all board meeting are conducted via the SNAG conference phone line. The president and Executive Director assemble the agenda. For the committee chairs they will submit a board report for each face to face meeting in writing to the President by the determined due date. Members are expected to read all board reports before the meeting to facilitate an informed discussion. Preparation is crucial to a productive meeting.
Robert’s Rule or general parliamentary rules apply to board meetings, which are presided over by the President. An open, free, and candid environment for discussion and debate is encouraged. We stress confidentiality and strive for respectful, lively and spirited discussion.
6. What is expected of board members at the annual membership meetings held during the conference?
Your presence is required during the meetings. Some committees or special projects may require a report to the membership during the meeting and you would be asked to present it.
The President, the Secretary and Executive Director conduct the annual meeting. You are entitled to participate in them as general members. In other words, anyone on the board of directors may still exercise all the rights and privileges of membership, including making motions, asking questions, and participating in debates during the annual meeting.
7. What expenses does SNAG pay for?
SNAG pays for all travel and hotel rooms (double occupancy), for both board meetings each year. SNAG also pays for your hotel room during the conference (again double occupancy) as well as for your conference registration fee. SNAG does not pay for board members’ meals during the board meetings and conferences. Please also see the Reimbursement policy to clarify what is covered and what is the responsibility of the individual. Expenditures that were not anticipated in the annual budget are addressed on a case-by-case basis as they arise with the Executive Director.
8. How is SNAG structured?
We have an executive director, a conference program manager, an advertising & production director, and an operations manager. There are also a number of part-time subcontractor positions (e.g., the editor of Metalsmith; the director of technical education). Many of SNAG’s programs, projects and services continue to rely on volunteer involvement. This is not expected to change.
The board administration consists of the President as presiding officer, a Past President or President Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary. The first two positions are elected by the membership. The President appoints the Treasurer and Secretary. There is an Executive Committee comprised of the President, Past President/President Elect, the Treasurer, and the Secretary. The Executive Committee’s duties are outlined in the Bylaws; it exists essentially to facilitate governance between board meetings and to assist the President in an advisory capacity. The Executive Committee has authority to make certain kinds of decisions in between meetings as necessary.
9. What is the SNAG’s annual budget?
SNAG’s budget varies from year to year according to a number of variables. It can vary from $650,000-$1,000,000. SNAG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization; our goal is always to maintain a balanced and sustainable budget.
10. Do I have to be a member of SNAG to run for the board of directors?
The current Bylaws assume but do not require that a board member be a member of the organization. However, membership is expected upon election to office.
11. Can a board member’s work appear in Metalsmith during their term of board service?
The general policy is that board members will not be the subjects of feature articles while they are on the board of directors, although it is conceivable that they may be in a group exhibition review or participate in the Exhibition in Print or other exhibition publications.
12. Can a board member be a presenter at a SNAG conference while serving on the board?
The Conference Programming Committee independently chooses the presenters, however it’s done with close oversight and final approval from the board. Consequently you would need to recuse yourself from that discussion if you were chosen to be a presenter.
13. What is required of a board member at the end of their service?
A board member will be expected to prepare an exit report for each of their assignments during their tenure. This is an additional (and different) report than the reports given at each of the board meetings. It is to be submitted at the last board meeting of your service and the president will contact you with exactly what is being asked.