Emerging Curators Program

The Emerging Curators program offers grants up to $2,500 to assist an emerging curator or curators in executing an exhibition focused on jewelry and/or metalwork.

2017 Emerging Curators grant recipient

Sasha NixonSasha Nixon
A View from the Jeweler’s Bench: Jewelry, History, and the Craft will highlight the contemporary jewelers who add their voice to a developing self referential jewelry vernacular using ancient and historical antecedents. Contemporary and historical jewelry are typically exhibited separately, denying the story, connections in form, technique, and means that link the two. A View from the Jeweler’s Bench differentiates itself from these recent jewelry exhibitions by focusing on the role of the maker in determining the form of the final jewel. Traditional and current processes employed by jewelers will be displayed in tandem with contemporary and historical jewels and artifacts. In this way the exhibition will illustrate the influential role that ancient and historical jewelry archetypes play in the development of jewelry styles and techniques, an association that is lacking in current scholarship. A View from the Jeweler’s Bench will explore the process of making jewelry and the connection contemporary jeweler’s have to ancient and contemporary methods as well as historical subjects as unique sources of inspiration. (Date in 2019 to be announced. Venue to be announced.)

Application Requirements:
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A selection committee awards grants based on the following objectives:

  • Support Documentation and Scholarship
  • Encourage Innovative Research
  • Promote Curatorial Practice
  • Educate the Public

Who is Eligible?
SNAG realizes that emerging curators in the field of Jewelry and Metalwork have varied backgrounds. An emerging curator may be a recent graduate of a jewelry and/or metalwork program with an exhibition idea; or artists who have hosted a few exhibitions and are looking to stay in the curatorial field; or curators looking to host an exhibition about the jewelry and metalworking field. On the application you will have the opportunity to expand on why you fit the title of  “emerging curator.” We think this is exactly what will make this program dynamic and diverse! Priority will be given to exhibitions occurring in North America (United States, Canada, Mexico).

Additional Benefits:

  • An online version of the exhibition hosted on the SNAG//SPACE website
  • A special post on the SNAG news blog
  • Promotions and marketing of the exhibition
  • ½ page ad on the exhibition in any two issues of Metalsmith magazine
  • Announcements on the exhibition to be run in Riveting News, SNAG’s weekly e-newsletter
  • Access to our Maker Profiles for potential artists for exhibition
  • SNAG Project Liaison will provide assistance in the exhibition planning process

Questions? Email exhibitions@snagmetalsmith.org


2015 Emerging Curators grant recipients

Hannah Fewtrell BoltonLexie Owen, Vancouver Metal Arts Association
“Unexpected explores the strange and sometimes discordant elements that make the viewing and wearing of contemporary jewelry a pleasurable and enjoyable endeavor. This grant, and the opportunity to develop a curated show at the CCBC Gallery with support from the VMAA’s exhibition committee, provides me with an chance to continue expanding my craft-based curatorial practice, and an opportunity to bring work to Vancouver by some of the most exciting emerging and established metalsmiths from Canada and beyond.” (image: Hannah Fewtrell-Bolton)

Uli RappLyndsay Rice, Earlham College

“I see curating as an opportunity to articulate ideas that are developing in the field. Using the body as the starting point the exhibition EMBODIED, seeks work that exhibition explores the collision of jewelry fashion and design in motion by connecting the body and re-defining the impossibility of wearing. This exhibition invokes the poetics of the history and traditions of jewelry while simultaneously subverting notions of material, scale and wearablility.” (image: Uli Rapp)

Melissa CameronMaggie Smith, CodeVA
Tech in Craft
“I met a librarian who has a brand new 3-D Printing lab. No one uses her lab. No one knows what to do. This made me think about the art jewelry I admire that is created by hand but also using technology. What if the library were able to show patrons real life artistic applications of the technology available at their local branch? …A great deal of thought and craftsmanship goes into creating art jewelry. When a piece is complete, it becomes personal for the maker as well as the wearer. This is part of what makes art jewelry fundamentally engaging. I want to use art jewelry to encourage people to be creative.This exhibition will reach both patrons who may be inspired to use the library’s resources and educators who can open minds.” (image: Melissa Cameron)