Jewelry & Metals Survey (JAMS)

The Jewelry and Metals Survey (JAMS) is SNAG’s annual survey of jewelry and metals in contemporary art, architecture, craft, and design created in the previous year by emerging and established artists, as well as students, selected by a jury of experts including curators, artists, designers, gallery owners, and historians. In showcasing approximately 200-juried objects, each publication highlights the wide range of current ideas and making practices in the field of jewelry and metals.

Deadline for the call for entries for the 2018 JAMS has passed. The jury is working to select the top 100 images from the submissions; each juror will also select an additional 33 images to be published. The 2018 JAMS will be published in late 2018/early 2019.

Questions? Contact Emily Zilber

The 2018 jurors are:


hoss haley cyanHoss Haley
is an American sculptor living and working in western North Carolina. A Kansas native, Haley studied blacksmithing for many years in New Mexico and Texas before turning his focus to sculpture. Despite a long career and many travels, his creations clearly depict the power and influence, both conceptual and aesthetic, of the western landscape of his youth.

Through decades of sculptural exploration, Haley’s work has evolved from literal to theoretical, simultaneously shifting in scale from intimate to monumental. Master metalworking and expertise in creating large format sculpture has culminated in several major collections and commissions in the public art sector.

In addition to multiple solo exhibitions presented by prestigious galleries and universities nationwide, Haley’s work has been featured in several museums including: New Mexico Museum of Art, (NM); Mint Museum of Craft + Design (NC); California Crafts Museum (CA); North Carolina Museum of Art; Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (NC); Huntsville Museum of Art (AL).

In tandem with a full-time art career, Haley has consistently participated in the  intellectual/academic aspects of visual art and contemporary craft through over 40 positions as: artist in residence, keynote speaker, instructor, and presenter throughout the country. Venues include: John Michael Kohler Arts Center, (WI); Society of North American Goldsmiths Conferences, Chicago and Boston; Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI); National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis; Visual Arts Center (VA); Penland School of Crafts (NC); Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, (ME); Anderson Ranch Arts Center, (CO).

todd reed cyanTodd Reed is an American artisanal luxury jewelry company renowned for creating works of art using recycled metals and sustainably-sourced raw and fancy-cut diamonds. Todd Reed creations are all one-of-a-kind, hand-forged and finished by master jewelers in the Boulder, CO studio. Todd Reed creates an alchemy of precious metals and stones that merge rugged natural beauty with refined sculptural elegance – Raw Elegance. It is a vision that fuses the iconoclastic spirit of an artist, the unwavering, handmade ethos of an artisan, and the sustainable methods of a modern-day steward.
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jams scanlan 1Jennifer Scanlan is the Exhibitions and Curatorial Director at The Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City, where she has curated a number of exhibitions, including: Melvin Edwards: In Oklahoma; Jeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me; and ArtNow 2018. From 2013 through 2015 she was a New York-based independent curator focusing on contemporary art and design.  Her exhibitions included Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Made for You: New Directions in Contemporary Design at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz; and Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York.

Prior to working independently, for twelve years, she was Associate Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Scanlan has lectured internationally, including at the 2010 Conference of the International Committee of Design History and Design Studies in Brussels, Belgium; Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute in Taichung, Taiwan; the 2007 Adornment Magazine conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York; and the 2005 Glass Art Society Conference in Adelaide, Australia. She has taught at Courtauld Institute of Art Summer School in London, England, and at Parsons The New School for Design. She has a BA in art history and Italian from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, and an MA in the history of decorative arts, design, and culture from the Bard Graduate Center, New York, New York.

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