The Board of Directors is happy to announce the 2019 Volunteer Recognition Award recipient is Pam Robinson.
Pam Robinson is a Chicago-based jeweler and metalsmith who earned her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studied gemology and wax carving at The Gemological Institute of America, and has taken countless workshops across the country. She is perhaps best known to the SNAG community as a conference emcee but she has done far more than that for SNAG behind the scenes.
Pam attended her first SNAG conference in 2004 and has been committed to the organization ever since. She immediately felt a connection to SNAG because of the like-minded community and people who generously share their knowledge and friendship. Two short years later, she took on the critical role of being the Co-Chair for the Chicago conference in 2006.
Pam joined SNAG’s Board of Directors in 2012 and was the conference liaison until 2015. She was instrumental in organizing, planning and scheduling conferences in Chicago, Toronto, Minneapolis, and Boston.
She helped implement changes to the structure and schedules within the conferences and created policies and contracts to streamline these complex events. In addition, she managed the Education Dialogue, the Trunk Show, and tirelessly edited the conference brochures.
Pam has been the Trunk Show coordinator in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019, communicating with all participants both pre-conference and onsite. This year, she is also the Conference Workshop Coordinator.
She recently joined the Women’s Jeweler’s Association (WJA) Board of Directors – Chicago chapter, and was a founding member of The Chicago Metals Art Guild (CMAG).
For over 26 years, Pam has taught classes at Lillstreet Art Center and is currently the Director of Education, and the Director of the Metalsmithing, Jewelry & Glass department. She has also taught metalsmithing workshops nationwide. Her work has been in numerous exhibitions, featured in print (both magazines and books) and on the bodies and hands of wonderful patrons.
Pam was recognized for this award at the Membership Meeting on May 24th during SNAG’s 50th anniversary conference in Chicago.
Happy Spring Everyone!
It is hard to believe, but this will be my last letter to the membership before I finish my term as President… again! Therefore, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for letting me serve as your President for a second term. It is a job that was not taken lightly, and with any organization, the board is eager about the future and how we can continue to support this amazing community of makers.
To each board member I have had the pleasure of working alongside – thank you for your devotion to SNAG. We have made some great progress and I am looking forward to supporting you in the future.
To the SNAG staff, interns, and volunteers who all work daily and tirelessly for the organization – thank you. You are all amazing and I am grateful for all your help, dedication and insight.
To all of the members of SNAG – thank you for your patronage. Please keep the next 50 years in mind and how you can contribute to this diverse vibrant community as we all move forward.
As the days are slowly getting longer and warmer I am also reminded that soon many of us will be convening in Chicago for the 2019 SNAG Loop: Coming Full Circle. And what a fantastic way to celebrate — where it all started! President Elect Brian Ferrell will be taking over in May and it has been a pleasure getting to know him over the past couple of years. For those of you who have not had the opportunity of working with Brian, he is generous, has great insight in problem solving and thinking of creative solutions, and is truly invested in the future of SNAG. I wish Brian all the best and I know that SNAG is in great hands as he takes over the role of President. The official passing of the torch will be during the closing remarks.
Also at the conference will be the recognition of two distinguished awards. Mr. James Wallace will be receiving SNAG’s highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, during the opening ceremony of the conference on May 23rd. And Pam Robinson will will be receiving the Volunteer Recognition Award at the Membership Meeting May 24th — which I encourage all of you to attend to find out what is happening with YOUR organization. For years I have personally admired both of them for their leadership, creativity in their personal practice, as well as their impact on the jewelry, metalsmithing and blacksmithing communities.
I would like to acknowledge that four board members will be finishing their terms as well in May: Anne Fiala, Jill Baker Gower, Elizabeth Shypertt, and Ezra Satok-Wolman. It has been wonderful working with you and the entire board thanks you for your time, energy and all the insight that each of you have provided. Also finishing up her term on the Nominations and Elections Committee is Jennifer Wells. Cultivating and educating the members to the various positions of service takes a broad view and understanding of the organization. Thank you Jennifer for your input and guidance.
With this letter I would also like to say thank you to Emily Zilber and her hard work as the Metalsmith Editor. Congratulations on your new position and we wish you the best. And officially Welcome aboard our Interim Editor Adriane Dalton. Very exciting times ahead with the publication and how it will continue to evolve in order to serve the membership and the overall field. I hope you find the work challenging and inspiring.
In closing, once again I would like to reiterate that it is your patronage that is the cornerstone of our organization, as we celebrate this truly remarkable milestone of 50 years. Our non-profit has accomplished a lot and it is amazing to think of how it has grown and developed over the years. I know that personally SNAG has played a big role in my life and I will be forever grateful for all the opportunities and support the organization has provided.
Looking toward the future, I hope we can continue to build on what every member has created, and provide a whole new generation of makers — a community in which they can feel connected, continue to grow, and thrive in all their creative endeavors.
Best wishes to you all!
This annual raffle supports SNAG’s Educational Endowment Fund.
SNAG’s 2019 raffle will be held during The Loop: Coming Full Circle conference in Chicago, May 22-25, 2019.
Great prizes! Including Transit Chair, Humanufactured® (hand-fabricated) of recycled aluminum traffic signs, champagne corks and steel hardware. Value: $1150.
There are three ways to purchase raffle tickets:
- Through your online conference registration through April 25, 2019
- Online through May 15, 2019
- At the conference in Chicago
$20 each or six for $100. Credit cards only, no cash or checks. Drawing will be held at the conference. You do not need to be present to win.
How could we forget Marjorie Schick. She took jewelry to another level and paved the way for contemporary jewelry today.
Bill Youmans is a Chicago filmmaker and Marjorie’s cousin. After Marjorie’s passing in December of 2017, he and Marjorie’s son Rob and husband Jim started a film for her memorial which was held In June of 2018.
That film is the basis for a much more inclusive film on Marjorie’s talent and life. “For the memorial we focused on the art but ended up leaving so much more on the cutting room floor. At the memorial we were able to interview people that we weren’t able to contact before. We wanted to come to [the] SNAG [conference] that year but the timing was bad considering the date of the memorial. Marjorie loved SNAG. It gave her a chance to share ideas with her peers, be inspired, be in her element. She loved the pin swap.”
To complete her story they are interviewing curators at the V&A Museum, RTA Galleries in Amsterdam, her publisher in Germany and several others. But her story would not be complete without the voices of her friends and colleagues at SNAG. They will be doing interviews at the 2019 SNAG conference in Chicago on Wednesday, May 22nd between noon and 6:00pm. They would love to hear your stories of Marjorie and your connection to her. If you would like to participate, email Bill to set up a time. If you are not available on May 22nd but would like to participate please contact Bill and he’ll see what arrangements could be made. They are also looking for any photos, videos, etc. that you might have of Marjorie at previous SNAG conferences. Those can be uploaded here.
Thanks in advance to all of those who would like to be a part of the Marjorie Schick story.