Jeanne Jerousek-McAninch – Volunteer Spotlight
After earning an MFA at Kent State in 1974 in painting and jewelry, Tucson became my home base. For several years I taught Basic Design and Drawing classes at Pima Community College. In 1976 teaching jewelry, enameling and photography at Tucson Parks & Recreation I started doing chain making demonstrations at Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. My self-published book, a compilation of these demos, Chain Making Link By Link appeared in 1977. At that time we started offering City Visiting Artists workshops. Our first was Eleanor Moty’s Photo Etching Workshop. She is our Patron Saint of Workshops!
Volunteering since 1978 for several non-profits (Arizona Designer Craftsmen, Tucson Visiting Artists Consortium, Friends of Yuma Symposium, and most recently SNAG) morphed into grant writing, doing publicity, being statutory agent but mainly coordinating lectures and workshops by visiting artists. Hundreds of workshops later, ADC, an “all volunteer” organization, currently offers 10 to 12 visiting artists lectures and workshops a year. In 2012 ADC hosted the SNAG conference. Multi-faceted educational venues, lectures, exhibitions, and networking in epic proportions. Tucson and Mesa Arts Center pre-conference workshops followed by Demo Days made possible by many volunteers from ADC and MAC resulting in ties to an exquisite venue for future workshops. Frequently, my personal projects have taken a back seat to my “non-profit obligations.” And currently, Historic Chain Making is nearly done.
Ornament Volume 35 Number 5 has articles on both Debra Lynn Gold and Mary Donald,a feature on the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston that includes a stunning John Paul Miller necklace, and a feature about Bill Seeley and his Reactive Metals Studio.
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist ‘s August issue contains features and work by James Binnion, Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Porter, and Cynthia Eid. A tool and tips article written by Helen Driggs, and a ‘Doer’s Profile on Shana Kroiz. Other work featured is by So Young Park, Pierre-Yves Paquette, Judith Kinghorn, and J. Fred Woell.
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist ‘s September/October issue contains a tool and tips article written by Helen Driggs, and a ‘Doer’s Profile on Jan Arthur Harrell. Other work featured is by Helen Blythe-Hart, Nancy Megan Corwin, Charles Lewton-Brain, Nanz Aaland, Tim McCreight, Miranda Scott, and Don Friedlich.
American Craft August/September 2012 includes features on both Ruth Reifen and David Huang‘s work, and includes pieces by Evan Chambers and Casey Sheppard in the ‘Goods for Your Life’ section. A feature on Style Makers includes works by Steven Ford/David Forlano, Talya Baharal, Heather Guidero, Reiko Ishiyama, Marianne Hunter, Donna Veverka, Valerie Hector, and Carol Windsor. Lastly, the section on ‘Ideas’ features a piece by Jennifer Trask.
Art Jewelry September 2012 issue features a tool review by Annie Pennington, a tool article by Andy Cooperman, the ‘Gallery’ section includes work by Evelyn Dombrowski and Richard Salley, who also wrote a feature article for the ‘Project’ section.
MJSA Journal 9/12 issue includes an announcement about student winners of MJSA Educational Foundation scholarships, which include student members Jessica Armstrong and Chelsey Hammersmith. The ‘Ideas & Inspiration’ section showcases Manya Tessler (half of Manya & Roumen), Diana Vincent, and Todd Reed. Oliver Passe wrote a feature for the ‘At the Bench’ section. And a feature on Elizabeth Garvin who won the Mort Abelson New Designer of the Year Award .
SNAG is seeking nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s awardee will be honored at the Toronto conference in May 2013. The award is SNAG’s highest honor and is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of metalsmithing. Any member of SNAG may nominate someone for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Nomination packages must include a resume or biography of the nominee along with a letter outlining the reasons for the nomination from the person making it, and at least two letters of support of the nomination from other SNAG members.
Nomination packages must be emailed to Mary Lee Hu, the Lifetime Achievement Award Committee chair by October 13. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions must be submitted by email.
Metalsmith Magaine’s 2013 Exhibition in Print Call for Related Work “As Seen by Others: Photography as Strategy B,” Guest Curator, Susan Cohn.
The photograph is an integral part of a maker’s practice. It not only records a work, it presents a maker’s intention and, as such, defines how a work is understood. More significantly, the photograph is often the only way an object is experienced; it becomes the filter by which the work is seen by others.
In our hyper digital world, the photograph has become more than a just a documentary tool—it is a pivotal mode of expression. Multiple image formats now coexist, and artists are increasingly exploring the formal potential of these imaging options. High-res images are typically used to publish work for catalogues and books as a way of arousing potential interest. Accordingly, these photographs tend to be crisp compositions that highlight key details in design and production. The more casual camera-phone snapshot is gaining momentum on the standard studio photograph. Whether shared among friends or on social media, these images are often less polished and provide a simple likeness of the given object. Alternatively, the photograph can be a key device for expressing an object’s concept or use, enhancing the intention of the maker. Such photographs may be experimental or documentary, showing narrative or poetic propositions for a work. The dynamic between these three photographic tactics opens up interesting ways to view objects today.
The 2013 Exhibition in Print will explore the power of the photograph to express the spirit of an object. Each work will be shown in at least two of the three photographic approaches above-–a formal high-quality studio photograph; a casual smart-phone shot; or an experimental image reinforcing the concept or function of the work. Guest curator Susan Cohn is seeking examples related to this theme of photographic translation.
For consideration, please send low-res image files to email@example.com Deadline for submission is January 15.
Susan Cohn, a Melbourne-based jeweler, designer and curator, is director of Workshop 3000 and holds a Ph.D. in Fine Art Theory. Cohn is also the curator of the major museum exhibition, Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, currently on international tour.
SNAG had a busy summer and there is a lot to share with the membership. Our new virtual exhibition space opened on our website in October with the “Body Adorned” exhibition juried by Gail M. Brown. We have been working on this for a long time and are very proud of it so be sure to check out this beautiful new space and great show.
Last summer, I was awarded a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Faculty Professional Development Grant to experiment with enamelling on complex fabricated forms. This grant allowed me to experiment on large scale, hammer formed and welded objects.