SNAG celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019 and is honoring its membership by highlighting different people on the SNAG website.
Please introduce yourself.
I am Lisa Koenigsberg and I’m the founder and President of Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC). My own areas of expertise would be the history of American art and culture, with a deep commitment to contemporary jewelers and metalsmiths both here and abroad. My focus is on visual culture and all the projects we undertake have a dual commitment.
Our conferences explore visual culture and champion individuals, institutions, and organizations in varied media and materials. We bring together makers, growers, miners, retailers, journalists, financiers, regulators, and environmentalists both to trace the ties that bind individuals and communities along the continuum from extraction through fabrication to sale or investment using a cross-disciplinary approach, and to illumine the importance of each link in these remarkable chains.
Respect for materials, craft, and authentic expression are at the core for us. We’re particularly concerned with ethical practice and responsible sourcing, whether in textiles, gemstones, or precious metals, as in the annual International Gold Conference.
How did Initiatives in Art and Culture begin and how has the organization progressed or changed over the years? Can you tell our membership about what your position with the IAC entails and what the goals of the organization are?
When I was at NYU as Director of Programs in the Arts, I had developed a variety of annual multidisciplinary conferences. After watching the launch and development of a number of these programs, my then dean suggested that that this was a significant body of work which should exist as a separate organization. Fifteen years ago, I founded IAC with his help. We focus on visual culture, heritage and preservation—we bring together every sector or discipline under consideration. My goal has always been to bring together cutting-edge authorities, practitioners and artists and thought leaders to pursue fresh approaches to the world of visual culture with the ultimate goal of changing the culture.
SNAG’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Eleanor Moty.
Moty’s contribution to our field as a highly regarded artist, as a teacher, and as a mentor has been exemplary and worthy of SNAG’s highest honor. Moty has made an indelible impact on the field through the training and mentorship of generations of metalsmiths, and has made a sustained impact on SNAG itself though many years of support and involvement with the organization and as lifetime ambassador of SNAG within the broader national Crafts community.
In 1968 Moty received her BFA in jewelry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in 1971 she received her MFA in jewelry and metalsmithing from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia.
While an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, Moty began researching photo fabrication techniques and electroforming with the encouragement of her professor, Robert von Neumann, and she continued her research in the graduate program headed by Stanley Lechtzin at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia. She gained recognition for her pioneering work in photo fabrication techniques of photo-etching and photo-electroplating early in her career and in 1970 she was one of nine presenters at the first SNAG conference in St. Paul, MN. The topic of her presentation was Photo Fabrication. This introduction led to other speaking and workshop engagements and in 1972 her work was featured in Frontiers of Photography, in the Time-Life books series on photography. She was subsequently invited to participate in photography as well as jewelry exhibitions. Her work and research were featured in numerous books and articles and for more than a decade she taught photo-etching workshops at jewelry programs throughout the U.S.
MJ Tyson is the recipient of the Art Jewelry Forum 2020 Young Artist Award. The Young Artist Award is given to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in the work of emerging artists and to advance the career of the recipient. Congratulations also to finalists Junmin Bae, Ryungjae Jung, Lore Langendries, and Mallory Weston.
Claudio Pino was awarded the prestigious 2019 Jean-Marie Gauvreau Award of Excellence by the Quebec Crafts Council in December. The Prize is the highest distinction in crafts in Quebec.
Jill Herlands has been featured in some recent publications, including: 4SEE Magazine, Nylon Español, Glamour Hungary, L’Official Baltics Magazine, and Paper Magazine.
At the February American Craft Show in Baltimore, the SNAG Award of Excellence in Jewelry and Metals went to Earl Jones. The Creative Spirit Abounds Award of Excellence went to Ian Henderson & Sue-Yee Leung of Zoa Chimerum Jewelry. Sarah Rachel Brown served as one of the jurors.
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SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Clara Williams, Gemological Institute of America, Halstead, Pepetools, and Steven Jacob, Inc.
Lois Etherington Betteridge passed away at the age of 91 on February 21, 2020. Lois was a long-time SNAG member and supporter and the recipient of SNAG’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
Lois attended Ontario College of Art for one year and then received her BFA from the University of Kansas in 1951. She established her own studios in Oakville and then Toronto, Canada until she began graduate studies at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She received her MFA in 1956 and moved to MacDonald Institute in Guelph to teach craft and design. Lois created work and taught for 67 years.
She received the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts and election to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1978. Her work is found in private and public collections throughout the world. Canadian metalwork and awareness of the field were greatly influenced by Lois. An exhibition of work in 2000 resulted in the informal group called “The Metal Collective”: peers, students and students-of-students of Lois, who continue to exhibit and are carrying the discipline into the future.
SNAG extends its condolences to all of Lois’ family and friends.
You can read more about Lois’ work and life in this online obituary.
SNAG celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019 and is honoring its membership by highlighting different artists on the SNAG website.
Please introduce yourself.
My name is Emily Culver and I identify as an object maker. I am originally from rural Pennsylvania and the daughter of a carpenter and former midwife now turned nursing professor. I mention these details because I think it reflects in my work, however intentional or unintentional that may be.
I attended the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University in Philadelphia, where I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM in 2012. In 2017, I received my Master of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
My current work situates itself broadly across forms and scales, ranging from body sized sculptures to hand-held objects, as well as between Fine Art, Craft and Design disciplines. I employ a vast variety of materials such as wood, ceramic, metal and rubbers while implementing both digital fabrication methods and traditional making processes in a holistic manner. While diverse in approach and method, at the foundation of my work is a sensitive and highly intended relationship between objects and the body; a quality which I feel comes from my strong background and interest in Jewelry.
What are some goals that you have while creating your work? Are there any concepts that you are particularly interested in?
I strive to create works that are a productive space of ambiguity — a space in which the work is not flat in its directiveness but also feeds the viewer enough to keep them engaged. The works which interest me the most are ones where I feel I’ve entered into a conversation with an object, but this is actually a conversation with myself. These relational conversations I create do not have a clear resolution per say, rather my goal is to create something in which I am engaged, satisfied, and sustained.
For this reason I’m particularly interested in the object and the body as concepts and all the topics that are stirred up as a result: function/non-function, identity, desire, the corporeal, sexuality, and touch to list a few. With my most recent body of work I’ve been considering more metaphysical qualities of these things such as what they are made of, how they have come to be and what potential they hold.