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Apply now for Adorned Spaces

Adorned-Spaces-1The 2019 Chicago SNAG conference is seeking curators, organizations, schools and individuals to offer a fresh look at the field of contemporary metalsmithing through a multiple-exhibition and sale event called Adorned Spaces.

 

SNAG Loop Chicago Concept Proof 3This juried event will highlight both established and emerging artists to celebrate innovations in metalsmithing through SNAG’s lifetime. Deadline: December 15, 2018. Learn more and apply


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2019 Exhibition in Motion Call for Entries

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SNAG will celebrate its 50th Anniversary next year at the 2019 Chicago conference, The Loop: Coming Full Circle. The Exhibition in Motion (EiM) committee is seeking works that reflect this milestone. The EiM is a runway-type live exhibition event that takes place at the conference.

How do you see gold? Glitz, glam, indulgent, excessive, subtle or even demure? Gold goes beyond a material, it is a color, a signifier and a feeling. Translate the idea of gold literally, or let it transport you to a golden place.

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Deadline: October 18, 2018


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SNAG Announces New Education Director

SNAG is pleased to announce that noted metalsmith and arts educator Kristin Mitsu Shiga will join its staff as Education Director. Kristin will be responsible for planning and managing SNAG’s conferences and educational initiatives. She has held a variety of positions in the nonprofit arts sector, including Gallery Director at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Extension Program Director at the Oregon College of Art & Craft, Program Director at the Donkey Mill Art Center, and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Kristin served as SNAG’s very first Conference Director from 2003-2006.

Kristin has taught classes and workshops in metalsmithing and enameling around the world since 1992 and established successful metalsmithing programs at art centers in Oregon, New York and Hawaii. As a maker, she is deeply inspired by her participation in various artist collaborations, including the biennial EMMA International Collaboration in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as well as CollaboratioNZ in Whangarei, New Zealand and the Hawaii Artist Collaboration in Holualoa, Hawaii. Her work is featured in numerous publications, including Art Jewelry Today, The Art of Enameling and several of Lark Books’ 500 Series.  She has shown her work internationally and is included in notable collections, such as the Kamm Artful Teapot collection and the Permanent Collection of the White House. You can learn more about her work as a maker from this Oregon Art Beat segment.

SNAG Executive Director Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith says, “Kristin brings with her a wealth of experience and skills that will allow SNAG to continue and grow our array of educational initiatives while developing new programs. As a maker, she truly understands the needs of our members and her reputation as both a teacher and artist are unparalleled. Her experience planning conferences, creating professional practices classes for artists, and developing deep and meaningful connections throughout the general craft community will truly help SNAG advance our mission and serve our members. We are very excited to welcome Kristin back to SNAG!”

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2018 SNAG Student Exhibition Awards

MADE: The 2018 Juried Student Exhibition highlighted student work that challenges traditional and non-traditional ways of working using new and old materials, techniques, and ideas by the next generation of makers in the metalsmithing and jewelry field. The exhibition was held in May during the SNAG conference in Portland, Oregon.

Congratulations to the winners:

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Best in Show

Lenae Zirnheld, Virginia Commonwealth University
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Hon Mention_2018SA_Alejandra Carrillo-Estrada
Honorable Mention

Alejandra Carrillo-Estrada, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
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Hon Mention_2018SE_Amanda Linn
Honorable Mention
Amanda Linn
, Oregon College of Art & Craft
Give and Receive

Thank you to the Canadian Gemmological Association for sponsoring the 2018 Student Exhibition.
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SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Gemological Institute of America, Halstead, Pocosin Arts, and Shapeways.

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