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.
Roberta Jean “Robin” Kraft, age 65, of Lafayette Indiana and Portsmouth, Virginia, passed away Monday, September 7, 2020. Robin was a long-time member and supporter of SNAG.
She graduated Naperville High school, Naperville Illinois in 1973, obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Painting in 1978 from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Kent State University in 1991.
Robin was Professor of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana from 1994 until her retirement in 2019. She was a wonderful teacher and mentor, devoted to and loved by her students. Her curiosity and thirst for knowledge was infectious and she inspired her students to work hard to meet her expectations.
Robin was an artist in the true sense of the word, approaching her artwork seriously and studiously. Her talent and versatility in material usage enabled her to focus on content. Her work is beautiful, meticulously and painstakingly crafted, eliciting wonder from her audience. Robin’s work had to answer the right questions or would not make it to completion – there was never a ‘good enough’. Her thoughtfulness about a subject was apparent in each piece she made.