Aurum: The Golden Year
SNAG will celebrate its 50th Anniversary next year at the 2019 Chicago conference, The Loop: Coming Full Circle. The Exhibition in Motion (EiM) committee is seeking works that reflect this milestone. The EiM is a runway-type live exhibition event that takes place at the conference.
How do you see gold? Glitz, glam, indulgent, excessive, subtle or even demure? Gold goes beyond a material, it is a color, a signifier and a feeling. Translate the idea of gold literally, or let it transport you to a golden place.
Deadline: October 18, 2018
Susan Ewing has been named Interim Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art. An internationally recognized metalsmith, professor, and administrator, she brings decades of experience to Cranbrook.
Craft in America’s CALIFORNIA has its PBS premiere on December 21, 2018. Journey through the Golden State’s varied craft heritage and meet visionary artists. Featuring metalsmith Randy Stromsoe who works, surfs, and lives a life of continuous inspiration on the Central Coast of California.
The Society of Arts and Crafts presents Landscapes, Crafted, an exploration of the land by five craftspeople. The exhibition runs through October 27, 2018 and includes Kat Cole, who uses enamels and metals to look at communities, including neighborhoods and their inhabitants. She also explores the impact of oil spills have in her own Texas community.
Margaret Jacobs is one of three recipients of the 2018 Rebecca Blunk Fund. Given through the New England Foundation for the Arts, this award recognizes artists for excellence and accomplishment in their field. Jacobs uses sculpture, jewelry and drawings to
explore the tension and harmony between natural and man-made objects, often intermingling unexpected and contradicting materials to explore those relationships.
Holland Houdek has been named as one of the 16 finalists for the Burke Prize, presented by the Museum of Arts and Design. This new annual award is an unrestricted $50,000 made to a professional artist under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metals, or wood. Houdek combines traditional metalworking techniques with the new technology of medical implants to create contemporary memento mori that encourage contemplation of the fragility and mortality of the human body.
SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Gemological Institute of America, Halstead, and Shapeways.
SNAG is pleased to announce that noted metalsmith and arts educator Kristin Mitsu Shiga will join its staff as Education Director. Kristin will be responsible for planning and managing SNAG’s conferences and educational initiatives. She has held a variety of positions in the nonprofit arts sector, including Gallery Director at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Extension Program Director at the Oregon College of Art & Craft, Program Director at the Donkey Mill Art Center, and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Kristin served as SNAG’s very first Conference Director from 2003-2006.
Kristin has taught classes and workshops in metalsmithing and enameling around the world since 1992 and established successful metalsmithing programs at art centers in Oregon, New York and Hawaii. As a maker, she is deeply inspired by her participation in various artist collaborations, including the biennial EMMA International Collaboration in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as well as CollaboratioNZ in Whangarei, New Zealand and the Hawaii Artist Collaboration in Holualoa, Hawaii. Her work is featured in numerous publications, including Art Jewelry Today, The Art of Enameling and several of Lark Books’ 500 Series. She has shown her work internationally and is included in notable collections, such as the Kamm Artful Teapot collection and the Permanent Collection of the White House. You can learn more about her work as a maker from this Oregon Art Beat segment.
SNAG Executive Director Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith says, “Kristin brings with her a wealth of experience and skills that will allow SNAG to continue and grow our array of educational initiatives while developing new programs. As a maker, she truly understands the needs of our members and her reputation as both a teacher and artist are unparalleled. Her experience planning conferences, creating professional practices classes for artists, and developing deep and meaningful connections throughout the general craft community will truly help SNAG advance our mission and serve our members. We are very excited to welcome Kristin back to SNAG!”
above image: Kristin Mitsu Shiga, photo by Beau Jack Key
HERE TODAY: We Are SNAG Membership Series
The fifth juried member online exhibition in the We Are SNAG Membership Series. 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.
Open to all current SNAG members 18 years of age or older. Extended deadline is September 30, 2018. Learn more and enter today >>>
SNAG will soon be celebrating two important milestones – the 50th anniversary of our founding in 2019 and the 50th anniversary of our first conference in 2020.
We are looking for 219 members to donate $220 each to help us produce special additional programming over the next two years that will mark these milestones, and we are hoping you will be one! Learn more and donate>>>