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2020 Exhibition in Motion Call for Entries


The Exhibition in Motion (EiM) is a runway-type live exhibition event that will take place at SNAG’s next conference, “Grit to Gold: Future Fifty,” in Philadelphia, PA, May 20-23, 2020.

Call for Entries

SNAG’s 2020 Exhibition in Motion committee is seeking proposals that reflect how you see the future. What is important to you as we move into the future? What do you see as the future of SNAG, of the field, our environment, and our world? As always you must GO BIG! Consideration will be given to works that incorporate topics of inclusion and sustainability. Collaborations, class projects and international applications are encouraged. Future Now is open to all from the beginner to professional. We want you all!

All works will be presented on live models and must consider scale (think feet not inches) and wearability for all body types. The EiM is open to submissions of all kinds from finished pieces to sketched proposals. We want to show just how diverse we all are!! Deadline: October 28, 2019.

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2019 Exhibition in Motion Call for Entries

EiM_featureAurum: The Golden Year
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’s 2018 Exhibition in Motion Accepting Proposals

Objects of Protection

2016 EiMThe 2018 Exhibition in Motion committee is seeking proposals for works that offer protection, defensively or offensively. We are encouraging non-traditional proposals that push boundaries or have yet to be seen in a previous Exhibition in Motion. This includes hollowware and blacksmithing work. Unwearable objects welcome. Collaborations and class projects are also encouraged.

The event takes place May 26th, 2018 from 7:30-9:30pm at the SNAG conference in Portland, Oregon.

Deadline extended to November 30, 2017. Learn more and submit an application>>>

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Exibition in Motion 2016

We want to share some fabulous images from this year’s Exhibition in Motion!

EiM 2016 10The event took place in May at SNAGneXt in Asheville, NC. A tradition at SNAG’s annual conference, the Exhibition in Motion is a live fashion show and fundraising event featuring models wearing cutting edge jewelry.

This year’s theme was Xchange: Fashioning Intersections. The idea was collaboration, calibration and cooperation, where the pieces were made in partnerships and celebrate large scale sculpture worn on the body. The 2016 coordinators were Matt Lambert and Louise Perrone (pictured at right).

Enjoy these images of some of the pieces. Photographs taken by Micah McKenzie.

EiM 2016 1Joshua DeMonte & Emily Cobb, Flock Tower

EiM 2016 2Jan Smith & Linda Savineau, Evening Lasso

EiM 2016 3Lisa Klakulak & Sarah West, untitled

EiM 2016 4Katy Cassell & Elizabeth Shanks, Unfurling

EiM 2016 5Suebin Lee & Sunyoung Cheong, Ruffs

EiM 2016 7Boris Bally & Irene Walker, ROR: Release on Recognizance (Rosary of Rounds)

EiM 2016 9Tara Wilkins & Kathryn Osgood, Papaver Orientale

EiM 2016 8Alissa Lamarre & Jane Ritchie, Routine Maintenance

EiM 2016 6Christine Cooper Hill & Kelly Nye, Big Gems

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Collaboration, Calibration and Cooperation

by Matt Lambert and Louise Perrone

A random Instagram post, a comment in passing and the rest is yet to come.

SNAGneXt-featureAfter meeting several years ago in an elevator at a SNAG conference (no words were spoken but Matt still remembers Louise’s necklace) many social media interactions have passed and we have fallen into what could be called an intellectual collaboration. We are interested in what happens around the making of objects and the many invisible steps it takes to bring a piece from an initial idea to its presentation in a gallery.

Now we find ourselves as the contingency from SNAG coordinating the Exhibition in Motion 2016, to take place in Asheville, North Carolina during SNAGneXt. We are collaborating with Vicki Bennett from Local Cloth, a North Carolina based fiber guild dedicated to sourcing and using local material. When we were asked to take on this project some of the planning had already occurred. A relationship had already been established between SNAG and Local Cloth, and the title for the Exhibition in Motion — “Fashioning Intersections” — had been decided on.

Matt LambertOne of the reasons that we agreed to get involved with this project was because, between the two of us, we had seen or participated in multiple Exhibition in Motions. We had always left wanting more — more history, more time with the work and just more when it comes to size! Louise was in the audience at the 2015 Exhibition in Motion. Standing behind the Grande Dame of large-scale jewelry, Marjorie Schick, as pieces as small as 6 inches (6 inches!) were presented on the runway. It was clearly time make a change. One of the exciting things about the SNAG board and staff is that they take criticism seriously and welcome input — especially from people who are prepared to work for the change they want to see.

louise_perroneOur goal is to give makers of large objects a platform to show their work and to push those who do not typically make on a large scale to give it a try. As jewelers our focus often becomes so tight that we are in danger of getting lost in technique and the quiet subtle moments. We often focus in on fine details, turning a piece over to look at the pinback, running our fingers around edges to feel the quality of the finish, looking at tiny inclusions in a stone. These moments are very powerful, and yes we should get lost in them. But on a runway, we need to change how we look at a piece. How does it move with the body? How does it alter the posture of the wearer? How does the wearer interact with the jewelry? In this scenario the viewer needs to be able to see the work from a distance. Tiny details become irrelevant.

We are not saying we are opposed to the small intimate moments that jewelry offers. The spectrum of quiet to wild is one of the elements that make jewelry so powerful; it holds the ability to infiltrate on many levels. This is the opportunity for big, kinetic, interactive work to be showcased.

SNAG has teamed up with Local Cloth to make collaborative pieces of at least two makers. Some are neighbors and oceans separate others. How the makers develop their work is their own choice. Participants will be given several benchmarks to make and the rest is up to them. Leading up to the 2016 Exhibition in Motion we will be showing the process of collaboration with makers from Local Cloth. Sketches, samples, disasters and successes will be shared across SNAG’s social media platforms. In the end all work made will be shown at the Exhibition in Motion but only the big, the brave and the bold will hit the runway. #EIM2016 #snagmember #snagnextAVL

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

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