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Candidates Announced for SNAG’s 2017 Election

The 2017 Election will determine four (4) members of the Board of Directors, and one (1) member of the Nominations & Elections Committee.

The list of candidates is as follows. More information about each can be found at the Nominations/Elections page. Voting takes place in May.

Board of Directors Nominees:

  • Dianne deBeixedon
  • Anne Fiala
  • Nicole Jacquard
  • Becky McDonah
  • Emily Stroehrer

Nominations & Elections Committee Nominees:

  • Andrew Kuebeck
  • Lawrence Woodford

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2017 Call for Nominations & Candidacy

SNAG’s Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking potential members to serve our organization. The 2017 Election will determine four members of the Board of Directors, and one member of the Nominations & Elections Committee.

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Board Members Speak: Kat Cole

Kat Cole photoWhat brought you to wanting a board position?

I had several conversations with colleagues who were volunteering for SNAG in some way or another and the value they got from donating their time, and began to feel like it was time to step up.  I also wanted to closer connection with the field and knew being a more active member could do that.

What are your plans for board participation (your committee assignment, fundraising project, etc.)?

I am a part of the Fundraising, Programming, and Finance committees.  Each of these positions has given me a valuable look at the dynamic components in play in an organization as large and diverse as SNAG.  I have a very deep appreciation those people that have donated their time all these years to keep SNAG going and growing.

What exciting, interesting, confounding things are you doing right now (in your life other than being on the board)?

I am broadening my studio practice to include more large scale wall work, the shift in scale and site are totally confounding and challenging!

Can you share an anecdote of a fun or meaningful SNAG experience for you (something that happened at a conference, an interaction with another member, an opportunity that occurred through SNAG)?

I think SNAG is very important for young professionals to be a part of.  I know it can be a financial challenge but networking and being active in our community is essential.  I got my first major gallery representation from a portfolio review I had with a gallery owner at a SNAG conference.  It has been one of the most valuable relationships I have made professionally, and it was entirely due to SNAG and the programing they offer.

 


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

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Board Members Speak: Brian Ferrell

Brian Ferrell photoWhat brought you to wanting a board position?

I am always interested in the spirit of community and collaboration that exists among a group of individuals. There are times when we need a break from our workbenches. Having a group of friends for feedback, support, or inspiration makes the time in our studios more worthwhile. It makes us appreciate that we are not alone in our enthusiasm for making. Many of the people in my circle of friends feel the same, so getting involved with SNAG board was pretty natural. Additionally, I had already been a volunteer with the organization for several years.

What are your plans for board participation (your committee assignment, fundraising project, etc.)?

Under the new committee structure, I am on three board level committees. Fundraising, Programming, and Impact & Evaluation.

What exciting, interesting, confounding things are you doing right now (in your life other than being on the board)?

-My current work can be described as tableware, furniture, and lighting. My materials are metal, wood, and clay.  I also recently started collaborating on designs with glass artist Adam Kenney.
-I am Associate Professor of Art at Seton Hill University where I maintain the Metal, Ceramic, and Wood Studio! We just moved into a new facility.
-I restored a boat a few years ago and I am hoping to teach my 3-year old son how to water ski this summer.

Can you share an anecdote of a fun or meaningful SNAG experience for you (something that happened at a conference, an interaction with another member, an opportunity that occurred through SNAG)?

The enthusiasm for our field can seem infectious within the bubble of metalsmithing.  Seeing all of the social media posting of people road tripping their way to the conferences is a lot of fun.  On our drive to Toronto, we were asked at the border why we were entering Canada.
Sean Macmillian exclaimed, “We’re going to a metalsmithing conference!”
The border guard squinted and looked confused. “What?” he said.
Sean pulled out his anvil pins and said, “Yeah! These are for the pin swap tonight! You want one?” He looked us over for what seemed like a few minutes. Jim Bové was smiling in the back.
“Just go” he muttered.


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

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2016 Election Candidates

SNAG is happy to introduce the 2016 slate of SNAG election candidates! There are candidates for the Board, President, and Nominations & Elections Committee. Voting takes place in May.

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