Jim Cohen has assumed the presidency of the American Guild of Judaic Art (AGJA). AGJA is a multinational organization of over 130 members dedicated to celebrating the diversity of Judaic art around the world and connecting with those who create art inspired by Jewish traditions and ritual. Cohen has previously been a member of the SNAG Board of Directors and is finishing his term as President of the New Mexico Metalsmiths Guild.
Chelsea Fay was awarded the $15,000 Tiffany & Co. Foundation Metals & Jewelry Design Endowed Scholarship.
Reiko Ishiyama was selected as an Awards of Excellence winner at the 2012 Baltimore ACC show.
Susan Myers’ fabricated metalwork is on view at the Philadelphia International Airport. The exhibit, “For Your Entertainment,” is located in five large cases in Terminal A-West at the airport and will be on display until January 2013.
Michelle Pajak-Reynolds was featured on the television program “Indelible Impression with TeeMcBee,” discussing her jewelry projects and the advantages of investing in custom jewelry. Three pieces from her “Water’s Edge” collection are included in the Touchstone Center for Craft exhibition at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater estate. Pajak-Reynolds was also a finalist in this year’s COSE Arts Business Challenge. HGTV’s Dina Manzo wore her “Pirouette bracelet” on the red carpet for the Project Ladybug Bash in Chicago, and her “Fallen Trees bracelets” and “Crystalline necklace” were featured in The Burr Magazine.
Mark Thone received second place in the Annual World Championship Belt Buckle Competition for his Chased Buckle made of red brass.
Marina Babic received first place in Beads in the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award Competition held by Rio Grande. Brian Quigley took second place in Silver, and Jennifer Park received second place in Enamel.
Society for Midwest Metalsmiths’ workshop schedule for 2012 includes: August 11-12 – Micro-Forming with Andrea Kennington & Les Bryant, at Maryville University; September 22-23 – Fold Forming at SIUE with Michael Parrett. <www.midwest-metalsmiths.org>
South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild’s annual retreat is September 7-9 in Key Largo, FL. <www.sfjag.org>
Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco sponsors a two-day Fusing Sterling Silver workshop September 22-23 with Marne Ryan. Workshop will be held at Scintillant Studio, San Francisco. <www.metalartsguildsf.org>
“Form + Function” is on display at Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM August 3-26. Patina features two prominent European artists in this exhibition of highly contemporary studio jewelry. Erich Zimmermann’s voluminous, hand-forged precious metal works counterpoint the trompe l’oeil dimensionality of Claude Chavent’s. <www.patina-galley.com> Claire Kahn returns for her second Patina Gallery exhibition of crochet […]
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design awards $15,000 to ten graduating seniors in the form of an annual Windgate Fellowship. This money gives these emerging artists the validation and financial resources to pursue their dreams. This year’s ten Fellows were recently announced, and three of them were in Jewelry/Metals: Rachel Columb, University of Georgia; […]
The Phoenix conference was terrific, as anticipated, and I heard rave reviews from many of the attendees. Garth Clark delivered a provocative keynote speech entitled “Who’s Your Daddy,” which he began by asking, “Who do you want to pimp your art in the 20th century?” Needless to say all weekend I heard people debating what he talked about.