As we come to the end of what has been a strange and difficult year, many of us have felt the need to re-examine and take stock of things. Privileges and relationships that we have taken for granted show themselves differently in the light of all that has happened in 2020. With these reflections, we look to chart a better course forward into 2021 and beyond.
In light of these times, the SNAG board has been compelled to do the same. In 2019, we celebrated the 50-year history of this organization with great pride, and the makers and educators who contributed to our success along the way. But there were many who have been left out of our official history. As we look to the future, what is it we want to see? Who are the future voices of our field? Voices, that those of us charged with guiding this institution through this difficult time need to hear?
For this year’s Annual Appeal letter instead of asking a well-recognized member of our community, we decided to ask our future artists what they love about our organization, what programs and activities resonate with them, and what they want to see more of from SNAG going forward. We received a variety of responses, both thoughtful and encouraging. Watch for our daily posts on Instagram and Facebook, mid-November through mid-December, where we will share those responses.
As you think about what is important to you during this time of giving, please consider a donation. Your financial support will have a direct impact on our organization by helping to secure the next 50 years of this member-driven institution.
Society of North American Goldsmiths
The staff and board of SNAG were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Carolyn Benesh. Carolyn was the founding co-editor and co-publisher of Ornament magazine since 1974. She also worked with Craft in America as an advisor and board members since its inception. Carolyn, along with her son Patrick, have been long-time members and supporters of SNAG. She has brought much to the field through traveling and documenting jewelry, textiles and more. We know that Carolyn will be greatly missed.
You can read a memorial message from Patrick and Robert at Ornament here.
SNAG extends its sincere condolences to all of Carolyn’s family and friends.
Lisa Gralnick was recently named as a winner of the 2020 American Craft Council Awards. Gralnick, a professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a metalsmith, studio jeweler, and academic whose work challenges the monetary, cultural, and personal value of objects by transforming metals into objects of thought-provoking visual beauty.
Myra Mimlitsch-Gray received a 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Craft/Sculpture. Mimlitsch-Gray is a Cranbrook alumna and SUNY New Paltz faculty member. The Fellowship program makes unrestricted cash grants of $7,000 to artists working in 15 disciplines, awarding Fellowships to five disciplines per year on a triennial basis.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 MJSA Vision Awards Design Competition, including SNAG members Kyra Martin (Befitting ring shown here) for First Place, Future of the Industry (Student Work) and Ashley Pollack for Second Place in the same category.
Congratulations to the SNAG members who were chosen for Interweave’s Jewelry, Bead and Gem Arts Awards. Winners included Jill Tower, Grand Prize (Fancy Guppy pendant shown here). Honorable Mentions included Susan Coddon and Saul Ellis.
Members: Send your achievements to SNAG!
SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Gemological Institute of America, Halstead and Pepetools.
Earlier this year, we made available this feature documentary by Richard Kane about the history and significance of J. Fred Woell, a metalsmith, jeweler and political artist. Originally scheduled to be shown at the SNAG conference, this documentary will be available again for an online limited screening on December 2nd & 3rd, and is FREE to all SNAG members!
Woell made satirical commentary on the dark side of history. Woell had profound beliefs in our democratic ideals yet saw the flaws in our politics. An inspiring, humble and humorous artist and teacher, Woell opened the door to seeing anew.
Online Screenings – December 2nd & 3rd, 2020
Information on how to view the film will be emailed to members on October 25th. If you have not received this information please contact us.
DVDs of Documentary
Copies are available for purchase at SNAG//SPACE for Institutional use, Library use and Personal/Home use.
Handouts from the 20th Century
A Collection of Teaching Aids Created and/or Gathered by J. Fred Woell During his 20 Years of Teaching are also available to purchase at SNAG//SPACE.
Metalsmith magazine is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020. SNAG has created an online gallery of all the magazine covers and their tables of contents. Some backissues are available for purchase. Please visit this new resource.