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SNAG would like to share a big thank you and farewell to our long-time Metalsmith Editor, Suzanne Ramljak.
In 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.
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.
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 email@example.com
SNAG 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.
September 8-November 25, 2017
Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
Exhibition 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.
The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) is looking for its next Editor to oversee the editorial direction of both Metalsmith magazine and a new publication, Metalsmith Tech magazine, as well as magazine-related content on SNAG’s website.
Metalsmith gives you a front row seat on the world of studio art and design in contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing. It’s smart, beautiful and provocative, and guaranteed to inspire and invigorate. Coverage spans contemporary makers, artists in their studios, edgy work, limited production jewelry, fashion, objects, hollowware, collectors’ collections, and related content.
Metalsmith explores, analyzes, promotes and documents excellence and innovation in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. Pursuing this goal, SNAG produces and oversees the direction and content of this significant resource for the metalsmithing field. The editorial content of Metalsmith emphasizes contemporary activities, makers, and ideas and incorporate supportive content, relevant critical issues and the exchange of viewpoints. For over 35 years, Metalsmith has brought the best in the field of jewelry and metals to the forefront, and we look forward to the magazine’s future.
Metalsmith Tech will be a new SNAG produced magazine that focuses on techniques, processes, educational philosophies and ideas, professional development topics, and new technology in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. The magazine will include both contemporary and historical references, highlighting a diverse range of approaches to jewelry design and metalwork, including professional practices, creative influences, and new trends.
The Editor position will be a part-time staff position to start November 1, 2017. It becomes full-time April 1, 2018. This position works remotely from his/her/their home. A full job description can be found here.
Interested applicants may send a cover letter detailing their vision for our publications, along with a resume and three professional references to SNAG’s Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith by October 15th, 2017.