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Volunteer Recognition Award Brooch Design Contest

SNAG is looking for the next Volunteer Recognition Award Brooch design!

2015 VRA pinEach awardee receives a specially designed brooch as a thank you from SNAG. Every three years SNAG looks for a new design from a school/group of students. The first design (2015) was created by Ross Tanner and Grand Valley State University. We thank them for this first amazing design.

SNAG is now looking for a new design for the next three years. Any group of students and/or school are eligible to submit a design (drawing/CAD/3D model) for the next three awardees starting in 2018. There is a stipend of $1,200 (total) for the three brooches and a free one year organizational membership for the winning school.

Please submit your design proposals to Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith by March 9, 2018.

Learn more about the Volunteer Recognition Award>>>

 


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: AGTA, Halstead, Pocosin Arts, and Shapeways.

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2018 SNAG Conference Registration Now Open

SNAG 2018 MADE logoRegister now for SNAG’s 47th annual conference, MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage, May 23-26 in Portland, Oregon. Take a look at all that we have to offer,  we hope to see you there!

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Member Achievements – January 2018

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The book CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process by Jen Townsend and Renée Zettle-Sterling was rated “The Most Beautiful Art Coffee Table Book of 2017” By Artnet.

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and Aurélie Guillaume are among the five finalists for the 2018 AJF Artist Award. Finalists were chosen from 121 artists representing 33 countries. They will exhibit their work with Sofia Björkman, from PLATINA, during the international art jewelry fair Schmuck, in Munich, Germany in March.

Anne Havel was honored to be the Alchemy4 Exhibition Coordinator, the international traveling exhibition of The Enamelist Society. The exhibition has been to Arrowmont Gallery, the Ohio Craft Museum, and is currently at the Metal Museum through April 29, 2018.

Metalwers ring projectIn November 2017, 12 artists, including SNAG members Lindsay Minihan, Jeff Georgantes, Will Vanaria, Liz Clark, and Ji Hwang, assembled in the Metalwerx studio to complete a project in the spirit of giving and of gratitude. The task was to complete 15 gold wedding bands for a group of women who live in Haiti and were married in December, but did not have the resources to obtain this symbol of their union. Read more>>>

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SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: AGTA, Halstead, Pocosin Arts, and Shapeways.

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WE ARE SNAG: Appropriated Adornment

Appropriated-Adornment_featureThe fourth juried member exhibition in the WE ARE SNAG series.

History has inspired artists for thousands of years. Rather than simply borrow imagery from the past, this exhibition asked artists to engage deeply with historical appropriation. Juried by Michael Dale Bernard (UW-Milwaukee) and Emily Stoehrer (MFA Boston).

Enjoy this online exhibition here>>>

 


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In Remembrance: Marjorie Schick

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Written by Harriete Estel Berman

It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of Marjorie Schick. This is a devastating loss to the craft and metal arts community. My memories of Marjorie are, in every sense, colorful. I’m sure that many others would agree. She wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

You might remember Marjorie from her bold and colorful attire with bright fuchsia hair or gigantic jewelry. While it might seem superficial to mention this first, Marjorie’s appearance was simply her first statement. When she walked into a room, she and her artwork were seen.

Marjorie Schick_Rainbow Riot jewelry and displayAt right: Marjorie Schick, Rainbow Riot, necklace and wall relief; necklace: 2008, wood, waxed linen, paint; wall relief: 2011, wood, paint; photo: Gary Pollmiller

The jewelry and objects Marjorie created were statements of visually large proportions. The display of the jewelry was often integral to the work, not unlike the person herself. Placing Schick jewelry in the average display case was out of the question. It could not be contained within normal definitions or expectations for jewelry, either literally or figuratively.

Marjorie did not follow conventions or fashion or dictates of shifting trends. She followed her own singular path. Nothing was quickly thrown together or thoughtless. Her creative expressions of paper mache or fabric were painted, and painted over and over again with layers of nuance. The color palette was developed with an eye for combinations, hues, and tones that could not be rushed.

Marjorie Schick SNAG pinsEach year for the SNAG conference, Marjorie would create a small group of about 12 “pins” to give away. If you have one of those pins, you will always know that it came from Marjorie Schick. Each year they were different, reinvented, and always memorable. A photo of a few of these pins accompanies this post to share them again with everyone.

Marjorie represents a piece of history within the jewelry metal arts community. She was a font of knowledge going back to the 1970s. She traveled the world and exhibited her work internationally. A few years ago I was wearing a piece of jewelry that my parents had found in an East Coast antique store. They knew that I would love it, and I did, but when Marjorie saw it, she identified it as an example of Caroline Broadhead’s production work from the 1980s.

Sculpture-to-Wear-Schick-jewelry-designWhat happens when we lose a person that is such a significant presence in jewelry history? We have lost much. You can read an Oral History Interview with Marjorie Schick or listen to an audio excerpt with Tacey A. Rosolowski in the Smithsonian Archives. Another option is to purchase her book The Jewelry of Marjorie Schick which contains an entire Oeuvre Catalog of everything she ever made. I recommend doing both.

Thank goodness that these resources exist, but it won’t be the same going forward without Marjorie.

Marjorie you will be missed.

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Marjorie Schick, Spiraling Over the Line, 2008; photo: Gary Pollmiller