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SNAG 2018 Voting Now Open

The SNAG membership elects leaders for the coming years. All SNAG members have the right to vote. Online voting is open now through May 25th. Vote Now!

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Member Achievements – April 2018

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Congratulations to the 45 finalists of the 2018 Saul Bell Design Award competition. The group includes many SNAG members: Rosario Garcia, Matthieu Cheminée, Jill Tower, Janet Huddie, Susan Coddon, Elysha Roberts (above), Wolfgang Vaatz, Sophia Hu, and Tyler Kane. All of the finalists can be seen here.

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Two SNAG members were recently selected as 2018 Windgate Fellows. The Fellowship is one of the largest awards offered nationally to art students. Congratulations to Charlene Lachicotte, Tennessee Tech (above left), and Sonya McCormick, University of the Arts (above right). Learn more here.

Emily StoehrerCheck out AJF’s “In Conversation with Emily Stoehrer” by Roberta Bernabei. Emily is the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is also on the SNAG Board of Directors. In the interview, Emily explains how she came to her career as a curator and describes some of her approach to the exhibit Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry.


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

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New Volunteer Recognition Award Brooch Design

2018 SNAG VRA BroochBowling Green State University student Michael Nashef won a design competition held by SNAG for the 2018-2020 Volunteer Recognition Award brooch. In the Middle East and surrounding countries the term “thank you” is usually verbally pronounced in one of these three main languages: “Shukran” in Arabic, “Merci” in French, and “Thank you” in English, depending on your education level and status. 2018 SNAG VRA Brooch 2However, the main symbol or motion that everyone agrees on is the motion of putting your right hand over you heart and chest area, indicating deep gratitude from the bottom of your heart to the person who you are trying to thank. This sincere motion or symbol is a sign of respect to someone who you want to show genuine and honest appreciation for their hard work, and that you are grateful for them and what they did.

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

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Thank You to “Metalsmith” Editor Suzanne Ramljak

SNAG would like to share a big thank you and farewell to our long-time Metalsmith Editor, Suzanne Ramljak.

Suzanne RamljakIn the fall of 2000 Suzanne Ramljak took over as the Editor of Metalsmith magazine, and our field and SNAG are both immeasurably better for it. In her seventeen years at the helm of the magazine she has edited, organized, curated and herded the cats to put together 87 issues. In doing so, she set the benchmark for critical writing in the craft world.

Suzanne was hired during my tenure as SNAG President. As I recall, hers was the first application we received, arriving two days after the job was posted. Until then we’d worried whether we’d find anyone qualified. Now here I was looking at a Fed-Ex envelope with a return address bearing the name Suzanne Ramljak. My fears dissipated at once.

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Not that we’d ever met. But I was intimately familiar with Suzanne’s work as editor of Sculpture magazine. I had also been very impressed with a critical essay she’d written for an exhibition catalog about the jewelry of Daniel Jocz. In my mind, Suzanne was the Holy Grail of editors, someone from outside our field with a deep knowledge of contemporary art, art history, sculpture and critical writing, but also someone with demonstrated interest, understanding, and appreciation of our small corner of the craft world.

What the hiring committee didn’t know was what Suzanne was like as a person. That too turned out to be something we needn’t have worried about. Suzanne, as anyone who has met her knows, is warm, charming, thoughtful, passionate, and highly intelligent. On a personal note, I’m grateful to be able to say that this writer and editor I didn’t know but admired, has become a close friend, and I thank her for the many thoughtful conversations marked by laughter that we’ve shared over the years.

On behalf of the field, I thank her for her vision, her steady hand, her innovations and insights. We will all miss her presence at SNAG conferences and other events. We will think of her with gratitude whenever our copies of Metalsmith arrive at our doors.

–Don Friedlich


Working with Suzanne over the last 4 1/2 years has been a privilege and honor. Her support and point of view of Metalsmith and the field made the magazine the publication is it today. My wholehearted thanks to Suzanne for her many years of service to SNAG and Metalsmith.

–Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, SNAG Executive Director


If you would like to reach out to Suzanne directly, she can be contacted at suzanneramljak@gmail.com


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Letter from the President – April 2018

Hello everyone, I hope this finds you all enjoying some crocus, daffodils or even snowdrops!

Nicole Jacquard 2018With this spring letter, I wanted to first say thank you to Brigitte Martin and her service over the past year. I know her decision to step down from the position of President was extremely difficult, and one that she struggled with. However, the board is thankful for her leadership and I am thrilled that she has graciously agreed to fulfill her term on the board, where SNAG can continue to benefit from her experience and vast skill set.

In addition, I must say that I am humbled again for the opportunity to serve as your President. It is a job that was not taken lightly, and as with any organization there is still much work to do as we approach the 2018 conference and in the next two years celebrating our 50th anniversaries of the organization.

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It is also hard to believe that another year has passed and many of you will be making your way to Oregon in less than two months. I am really excited for this year’s conference; the lineup of speakers, events and exhibitions as well as the opportunity to experience the city of Portland for the first time. In addition to the amazing program that the conference committee has put together, there will also be the recognition of two distinguished awards. Professor Sharon Church will be receiving SNAG’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening ceremony of the conference, and Anne Havel will be receiving the Volunteer Recognition Award at the Membership Meeting. They are two greatly distinguished artists who have left an indelible mark on SNAG and I personally have admired them for their leadership, creativity in their personal practice, and their impact on the jewelry and metalsmithing community. The Membership Meeting will be held on Friday May 25th, and I highly encourage all of you to attend to find out what is happening with YOUR organization. It really is one of the most important events of the conference and imperative that you stay informed about what is going on and how we are moving forward.

In addition, several people will be finishing their terms and I would like to say thank you for all your hard work, your dedication and your commitment to SNAG. Members of the Board of Directors completing their terms are: Dominique Bereiter, Kat Cole, Brian Ferrell, Anne Havel, and April Wood. Also finishing up her term is the chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, Tara Locklear. Thank you as well, the job of the NEC is crucial as we ask members to step up and be a part of what makes SNAG a great organization. I would like to thank our previous editor, Suzanne Ramljak, who has given her insight and skills for 17 years and extend a warm welcome to Emily Zilber our new editor who is working on some very exciting publication projects.

To all of the members of SNAG — thank you for your patronage. Please keep in mind as we all move forward in this unprecedented time that can leave organizations vulnerable, each of us needs to stay vigilant, and continue to support the things that are meaningful to us in our lives. And this organization that you created is a safe-haven for like-minded people who are generous, thoughtful, inclusive and supportive of all creative endeavors. SNAG will need you even more in the future to continue to financially support the programs you enjoy, be active and share your successes, and of course volunteer in whatever capacity you can to guarantee the Society’s success.

In closing, I am looking forward to catching up with many of you in Portland. It is always a wonderful feeling as people start to arrive and you see them in the hotel lobby, at registration, catch up before the official start of the conference where you start to see all the familiar faces, meet new people, laugh, enjoy old stories and of course create new memories. Overall, I think THAT is the beauty of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and I am happy to be a member of this tribe.

Best wishes to you all!
Nicole Jacquard
President
Society of North American Goldsmiths
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