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Adriane Dalton Selected as Interim Editor for “Metalsmith” Magazine

SNAG has announced that its current Editor, Emily Zilber, is departing the organization and that Adriane Dalton will fill the position on an interim basis. Zilber’s last day will be January 31, 2019 and she will work closely with Dalton in the transition.

EmilyZilberZilber joined SNAG at the end of 2017 and oversaw the debut of a totally new editorial voice for Metalsmith Magazine while also introducing a companion publication, Metalsmith Tech. In addition, she oversaw publication of the 2018 Jewelry and Metals Survey (JaMS), SNAG’s annual photo review of jewelry and metals in contemporary art, architecture, craft, and design.

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to lead SNAG’s publications through these important transitions over the past year,” said Zilber. “While I remain committed to the continued success of SNAG and all of its efforts to support the jewelry and metals community I’ve decided to take my career in a different direction, starting a new position in February.”

“SNAG has been incredibly fortunate to have had Emily on staff as our Editor over this past crucial year for our organization and community,” said SNAG Executive Director Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith. “The response to the magazine’s new voice, the launch of Metalsmith Tech, and the publication of JaMS, has been overwhelmingly positive, and we largely have Emily to thank for that.”

Adriane Dalton editorDalton, who will take over editorial duties on February 1, 2019, is a writer, artist, curator, and educator based in Richmond, Virginia. She currently serves as Teen Programs Coordinator for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and teaches at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and ART 180. She is a regular contributor to Art Jewelry Forum, where she interviews contemporary jewelry artists, curators, collectors, and gallerists.

“As sorry as we are to lose Emily, we’re very excited to have a writer, curator, and artist of Adriane’s caliber step in as Interim Editor,” said Rukenbrod Smith.

“As a metalsmith, art instructor, and arts writer, I’ve been a member of SNAG for over a decade,” said Dalton. “SNAG is incredibly important to our community, as are Metalsmith Magazine and Metalsmith Tech, and I’m excited about the opportunity to contribute during this time of transition.”


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Welcome New Metalsmith Magazine Intern

Colleen TerrellPlease join SNAG in welcoming our new Metalsmith magazine intern, Colleen Terrell. Colleen is currently an M.A. student at the Bard Graduate Center in New York, NY. With a graduate degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, for the last decade she has worked as a grant proposal writer for nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia. Now she’s making the jump to a different kind of writing: at the BGC, she’s building a foundation from which to write and report about craft. As an intern at Metalsmith magazine, Colleen is learning first-hand about what that kind of writing involves, while building her knowledge of the jewelry and metalsmithing fields. Metalsmith Vol 37 No 1frameDeep familiarity with Metalsmith also will help her frame her master’s research at the BGC on the role that professional publications played in supporting the post-war studio craft movement. Colleen’s parents are metalsmiths, so in some ways, her internship with Metalsmith is also a return to familiar territory; the magazine has been regular reading in her family’s home for decades. For Colleen, though, words are the chosen medium, and she looks forward to forging her own path, finding and sharing stories about objects and their makers.


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Thank You to “Metalsmith” Editor Suzanne Ramljak

SNAG would like to share a big thank you and farewell to our long-time Metalsmith Editor, Suzanne Ramljak.

Suzanne RamljakIn the fall of 2000 Suzanne Ramljak took over as the Editor of Metalsmith magazine, and our field and SNAG are both immeasurably better for it. In her seventeen years at the helm of the magazine she has edited, organized, curated and herded the cats to put together 87 issues. In doing so, she set the benchmark for critical writing in the craft world.

Suzanne was hired during my tenure as SNAG President. As I recall, hers was the first application we received, arriving two days after the job was posted. Until then we’d worried whether we’d find anyone qualified. Now here I was looking at a Fed-Ex envelope with a return address bearing the name Suzanne Ramljak. My fears dissipated at once.

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Not that we’d ever met. But I was intimately familiar with Suzanne’s work as editor of Sculpture magazine. I had also been very impressed with a critical essay she’d written for an exhibition catalog about the jewelry of Daniel Jocz. In my mind, Suzanne was the Holy Grail of editors, someone from outside our field with a deep knowledge of contemporary art, art history, sculpture and critical writing, but also someone with demonstrated interest, understanding, and appreciation of our small corner of the craft world.

What the hiring committee didn’t know was what Suzanne was like as a person. That too turned out to be something we needn’t have worried about. Suzanne, as anyone who has met her knows, is warm, charming, thoughtful, passionate, and highly intelligent. On a personal note, I’m grateful to be able to say that this writer and editor I didn’t know but admired, has become a close friend, and I thank her for the many thoughtful conversations marked by laughter that we’ve shared over the years.

On behalf of the field, I thank her for her vision, her steady hand, her innovations and insights. We will all miss her presence at SNAG conferences and other events. We will think of her with gratitude whenever our copies of Metalsmith arrive at our doors.

–Don Friedlich


Working with Suzanne over the last 4 1/2 years has been a privilege and honor. Her support and point of view of Metalsmith and the field made the magazine the publication is it today. My wholehearted thanks to Suzanne for her many years of service to SNAG and Metalsmith.

–Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, SNAG Executive Director


If you would like to reach out to Suzanne directly, she can be contacted at suzanneramljak@gmail.com


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SNAG Hires New Editor for Metalsmith and Metalsmith Tech

EmilyZilberSNAG is pleased to announce its new Editor, Emily Zilber. Emily currently serves as the Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has served in that position for 7 years. Emily was the Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum before her position at the MFA. Emily has edited and written numerous publications, articles, exhibition texts, including the catalog for Crafted: Objects in Flux (2015), Contemporary Highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2016), “Craft’s Restless Boundaries” in Crafting A Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft (2013), and “Curator’s Eye: Thomas Gentille,Modern Magazine (Summer 2012).

The Editor position at SNAG recently was reorganized to become a full-time position overseeing the editorial content of the award winning Metalsmith magazine, the launch of a new publication Metalsmith Tech, and the annual Jewelry and Metals Survey (JaMS).

Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith says, “Emily is a well respected curator with a great history of strong craft focused exhibitions, including the creation of the Daphne and Peter Farago Gallery, which displayed contemporary craft including works from the Daphne Farago collection of studio jewelry, the integration of craft into the new Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art at the MFA, and Crafted: Objects in Flux, which focused on 40 craft artists, including jewelers and metalsmiths, working at the borders of craft, art, and design. Emily will bring her own voice to these SNAG publications and I am looking forward to seeing what develops under her direction.”

“I am honored to join Metalsmith and the SNAG team, especially at a time of exciting change for the organization. I look forward to growing Metalsmith’s vital voice in a way that serves the diverse SNAG community and warmly welcomes new readers. I am eager to work with SNAG to develop innovative new publications, platforms, and conversation spaces that can shape and engage the field in meaningful ways,” says Emily.

Emily will begin her position on November 27, 2017 as a part-time employee and move into the position full-time April 1, 2018.


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Exhibition in Print at Contemporary Craft

September 8-November 25, 2017
Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

Metalsmith Vol 37 No 4 EiP smallExhibition in Print: Repair and Renewal showcases outstanding metal artworks by over 20 artists. As an annual feature of Metalsmith magazine, the 2017 Exhibition in Print focuses on the metalwork tradition and the capacity for restoration by highlighting artists from across the United States as well as Germany, Belgium, and Finland. The exhibiting artists in this companion exhibition give renewed life to objects and materials through innovative art expression rooted in traditional metalsmithing mediums such as silver, copper, and gold, and nontraditional found objects such as horsehair, syringes, soap, and credit cards. Besides prolonging the life of the object, the act of repair also speaks to our yearning to make things right and to make things whole again.

Curated by Stuart Kestenbaum, Maine’s poet laureate and an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council, Exhibition in Print: Repair and Renewal features jewelry, sculpture and non-traditional wearable objects by emerging and established metalsmithing professionals and exposes the public to a variety of techniques and mediums.

Learn more about the Exhibition in Print publication.