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Hilary Jones-Wujcik – Volunteer Spotlight

Hilary Jones-Wujcik – Volunteer Spotlight

Educated at Indiana University, I have lived and worked in Tucson, AZ since 1974. In my studio, I design and create jewelry working in gold, silver, copper, brass, bronze, diamonds, semi precious stones and random found objects. I have participated in the amazing Tucson Gem and Mineral Show since 1975. I have a retail booth and two special display cases: one with my work and one featuring my students’ works.

Metal has always remained a challenge to me. Even though I have worked in metal since 1971, I am still discovering new ways to approach it.

I have taught classes in Art, Jewelery Design and Art History since 1973. In May 2005, I retired from public education and now I am unretired, teaching Jewelry Fabrication, Lost Wax Casting and Enameling for Pima County NR Parks and Recreation.

My accomplishments include representing CDO High School in Arizona Teacher of the Year and in the Circle K Outstanding Faculty Awards program and receiving the honor or Outstanding Art Teacher of the Year in Arizona Congressional Arts program. I enjoy volunteering for causes I believe in: Art, Art Education, Metalsmithing…to meet people and get them involved in great organizations such as SNAG.

Teaching gives me balance, increasing my creativity and pushing me to learn new techniques. In some areas of study there are questions and answers. In Art, there are only more questions….”


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Andrew Kuebeck – Volunteer Spotlight

Andrew Kuebeck – Volunteer Spotlight

I graduated with my BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and my MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Indiana University in 2011. Currently I am the Artist in Residence in the Metals department at Bowling Green State University and am working on setting up my own studio. I like to work in a variety of formats ranging from functional jewelry to sculptural objects and vessels, where I enjoy the challenges of switching scale, material, and technique. Within my studio practice my research focus is the incorporation of photographic imagery into my work, switching between photographic processes from traditional to alternative depending on the piece and material I wish to work with. I have been very fortunate in having my work exhibited regionally and nationally, as well as having them appear in issues of Metalsmith and Lark Book Publications.

I first joined SNAG after my high school metals teacher gave me an extra issue of Metalsmith and I was hooked. I was drawn to the breadth of the field, the beautiful works that I saw being created, and my own belief that working in metals ensured some sort of immortality. I have had the pleasure of attending SNAG conferences and enjoy the opportunities that SNAG provides professionally, interpersonally, and educationally, and saw volunteering as a small way of giving back.