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CALL FOR ENTRY: “Shifting Sites”

Contemporary metalsmithing is a dynamic field, marked by ever-expanding possibilities for the creation and presentation of work. “Shifting Sites,” SNAG’s 2016 Juried Exhibition in Print produced by Metalsmith, will showcase works that explore the changing spaces of jewelry and objects as they are conceived, made, and displayed. Jurors Eva Eisler, Lauren Fensterstock, and Lori Talcott are seeking examples that creatively engage with their environment.

For this “Shifting Sites” issue, the emphasis is on location or place as either subject or actual space for the creation and display of work. The jurors welcome works that expand and explore the “where” of contemporary metalsmithing. As a subject for metalsmithing, “site” can be understood as geography, landscape or cityscape and be revealed in imagery or forms that reference natural settings, architecture, urban or rural spaces. Actual space of a piece can refer to where the idea was realized, the physical location of construction, where it is worn, or where it is displayed or sold.

“Shifting Sites” broadly refers to the changing boundaries in metalsmithing practice.

Deadline Feb 22, 2016

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Discussion Forum

Halstead Design Challenge

Started by Liz Steiner. Last reply by Brigitte Martin 36 minutes ago. 6 Replies

So, I was lucky enough to snag one of this year's Halstead Design Challenge kits. The Halstead company put together these little packets, full of all kinds of metal goodies, and issued the challenge to create a brooch out of the components, following the theme of…Continue

Tags: Memento, brooch, Challenge, Halstead, snag


Started by Liz Steiner. Last reply by Liz Steiner Oct 13. 2 Replies

College of the Albemarlein Manteo, NC, is planning on shutting down its metals program (Professional Crafts: Jewelry). This is a small, but vital community college metals program, currently run by Kathryn Osgood. I went to an exhibition there a few years ago, and saw their fantastic studios and beautiful gallery. Kathryn is a phenomena linstructor, and many members in our field…Continue

Tags: closing, program, community, metals, snag


Started by Liz Steiner Sep 27. 0 Replies

There are some great t shirts for sale over in the SNAG Swag shop! Shirts are available in mens', women's, and tank top styles.Also, last call for Upsetting the Stone. Deadline is Friday!Continue

Tags: t, shirts, swag, stone, the

Exhibition Opportunities

Started by Liz Steiner Sep 12. 0 Replies

Here are a few more exhibition opportunities I should have mentioned last week. Luckily, there's still time to apply!First up: the annual Saul Bell Prize, sponsored by Rio Grande. This is a very prestigious award, with several difference categories from hollow ware, gold and silver, enamel, and even two separate emerging artist categories: one for 18 year olds and under and one for 22 year olds and under. You can check out all the details here. Deadline October 27.Also…Continue

Tags: belt, Buckle, Belt, buckle, Saul

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Comment by Brigitte Martin on August 9, 2016 at 12:33pm

Looking for: Conference Planning Intern for SNAG's annual conferences - 2017 in New Orleans!

It's a remote position and you can work from anywhere, spread the word, please!!

Interested applicants, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to Alaina Clarke at

Comment by Brigitte Martin on May 11, 2016 at 2:38pm

I was told today that I should be doing a better job THANKING my people for all their hard work. I thought I was usually pretty good at this, but maybe I need to up my efforts at this critical juncture. So here it is:
To Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith- the BESTEST Executive Director I could wish for. To Alaina Clarke the BESTEST Program Director I could wish for. To Tara Jeklin, the BESTEST office manager I could wish for. To Emma Zanetti who is new on our staff and already shows great promise to be the BESTEST too: I know you guys are (currently) working your butts off, doing double shifts, running around crossing the t's and making sure things will run as smoothly as they can at the conference next week. You are doing waayyyy more than your job description tells you to, especially Gwynne taking over a motherload of things that would otherwise fall down the drain.

Unless you, dear reader, have been on our board or on one of our committees, you really have no idea what is involved in making a big conference like a SNAG conference successful, trying to juggle all the balls, make everyone happy and keeping the big picture in mind as well. It is a gargantuan task and as a bonus everyone's a critic of your efforts. No good deed goes unpunished.

I want you and everyone reading this to know that I am very grateful and thankful to have GREAT staff. Please be nice to them and when you see them at the conference, say THANK YOU. It would mean so much.

Comment by Brigitte Martin on February 8, 2016 at 8:41am
Melissa Cameron goes to SNAGneXt:
"At the modified and re-branded SNAG conference this year I'm very pleased to have been invited to speak in the SNAGspark portion of the program, where I will be giving a presentation entitled 'Holistic Thinking: Interconnection in Jewels and Practice.' There, among a few other things, I'll share my "tips for maintaining a sustainable creative practice, gleaned from sources near and far." The basic premise of my talk is that I get around, and in all the places I go, I've noticed a few common threads that help make for robust communities (first hint) and economically sustainable jewellery practices."
Comment by Brigitte Martin on October 27, 2015 at 9:15am


SNAG-sponsored lectures on Friday, November 6.

Since 2001, SNAG has sponsored lectures at the International Expositions of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA). We bring some of the most interesting contemporary jewelers and metalsmiths into the public eye. All lectures are free to SOFA attendees.

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Lynn Batchelder, Sooyeon Kim and Laura Wood
SNAG Emerging Artists: Lynn Batchelder, Sooyeon Kim and Laura Wood – These three artists speak about the design and development of their innovative jewelry. (Batchelder and Kim are represented by Charon Kransen Arts; Wood is represented by Donna Schneier Fine Arts)

9:30-10:30 a.m. – Jamie Bennett
Jamie Bennett: Drawing and Making – Rather than serving as renderings of his jewelry, Bennett’s drawings represent fragments of ideas and images that instigate new pieces. The relationship of these separate creative endeavors will be explored in this lecture. (Represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h)

10:30-11:30 a.m. – Donald Friedlich
Donald Friedlich: Things that Make my Heart Beat Faster – Friedlich discusses the development of his innovative glass and gold jewelry, as well as sources that have inspired him over a 40-year career. (Represented by Hedone Gallery)

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – John Iversen
John Iversen in conversation with Toni Greenbaum: Other Fancy Stuff - Jeweler John Iversen and art historian Toni Greenbaum will discuss Iversen’s unique ability to make pieces praised equally by the “art,” “craft,” and “fine” jewelry communities. (Represented by Hedone Gallery)

Thanks to Don Friedlich for organizing the SNAG lectures!
Learn more:

John Iversen, Represented by Hedone Gallery
Donald Friedlich, Represented by Hedone Gallery
Jamie Bennett, Represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h
Laura Wood, Represented by Donna Schneier Fine Arts.

Comment by Ruudt Peters on May 5, 2015 at 7:50am

Ground interview RUUDT PETERS by Amani Boudargham

Comment by Jennifer Merchant on January 30, 2015 at 1:42am

2015 Call for Nominations and Candidacy


The 2015 SNAG Election will determine three (3) members of the Board of Directors, and one (1) member of the Nominations & Elections Committee.


The deadline for candidates to be added to the 2015 Election slate is February 19, 2015. Please contact a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee today. 


Michael Dale Bernard - 2015 Chair,

Laura Wood,  

Dan DiCaprio,

Comment by Jennifer Merchant on January 8, 2015 at 12:55pm

Adorned Spaces

The 2015 Boston SNAG conference is seeking curators, organizations, schools, and individuals to fill pop-up spaces at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on May 22, 2015. Deadline: January 19, 2015.

Learn more

Comment by Jennifer Merchant on October 23, 2014 at 10:13pm


Steven Gordon Holman
SNAG-Sponsored Lectures at SOFA Chicago

SNAG Emerging Artists 2014
November 7, 9-10 am

Steven Gordon Holman, Lauren Tickle and Demitra Thomloudis  


Carrying Devices and Other Absurdities
November 7, 10:30-11:30 am

Sigurd Bronger 


Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 7, 12-1 pm 

Donna Schneier, Bruce Metcalf, Kiff Slemmons and Don Friedlich    


Learn more and see complete list of lectures 

Comment by Brigitte Martin on October 20, 2014 at 11:43am

"Forging Entrepreneurs" Presenter Spotlight

Chris Hentz
The Possibilities of Digital Fabrication in a Small Metals Studio: Flat Pattern Development vs. 3D Printing
Hentz presents a variety of ways to use the Rhino CAD program as illustrated through his studio practice. He will talk about his methods for converting a 2D hand drawn sketch into a Rhino CAD drawing illustrating a 3D form. That 3D CAD drawing can be used to create a 2D flat pattern for traditional metal fabrication. Or that same drawing can be used with a variety of 3D printing processes.
SNAG's 2014 business symposium, "Forging Entrepreneurs: The Inside Track," is for artists running independent studios looking for skills and information on how to better run their business.

November 9th at the High Museum's Walter C. Hill Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia from 8:30-5:30, with an after party 6:30-8:30 at Signature Gallery.   More details

Register here by October 31st
Comment by Jennifer Merchant on October 8, 2014 at 2:50am

Adorned Spaces:

A Pop-Up Exhibition Event

at the 2015 SNAG Boston Conference

Impact: Looking Back, Forging Forward


The 2015 Boston SNAG conference is seeking curators, organizations, schools, and individuals to offer a fresh look at the field of contemporary metalsmithing through a multiple-exhibition event called Adorned Spaces. This juried event will highlight both established and emerging artists to celebrate the innovation of metalsmithing that “looks back and forges forward.”

Macintosh HD:Users:lindsaymis:Desktop:Picture 2.pngThis year’s conference organizers are offering pop-up spaces to applicants interested in creating their own exhibition at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Twenty different 100 square feet pop-up galleries will occupy the 4th floor meeting rooms during the conference on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  This event and participating artists will be actively featured in conference promotional materials including the conference website, advertisements and in the Conference Program Brochure. Additionally, a special reception highlighting the Adorned Spaces celebration will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

This opportunity is an open call to all conference attendees (day-pass attendees included).

Submit applications no later than: January 19, 2015. Free to apply. Fee for accepted exhibitors, see below.

Click HERE for more information and instructions to apply.


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Brigitte Martin replied to Liz Steiner's discussion Halstead Design Challenge in the group SNAG
"That's perfect, Lieta! Love your international  outlook. You are so right, 10 years ago, none of this could have happened this quickly and on this scale. Enjoy, let us know how you're coming along."
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Lieta Marziali replied to Liz Steiner's discussion Halstead Design Challenge in the group SNAG
"Hi! I managed to get one this year, mainly because I practically got there within the first few hours of it going on sale (despite the time difference here in the UK!). It's going to be my first Halstead challenge but the project fits very much…"
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Brigitte Martin replied to Liz Steiner's discussion Halstead Design Challenge in the group SNAG
"Hello Adriane, Very good to hear about your being prompted to use materials you wouldn't otherwise. That's another valid good point for people to consider: breaking out of your trot, trying something new often changes how we look at our…"
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Adriane Dalton replied to Liz Steiner's discussion Halstead Design Challenge in the group SNAG
"I was able to successfully acquire a kit too (largely through aggressively refreshing my was like buying tickets to a quickly sold out concert!). I am thrilled to have a one/off project that can deviate from my other projects and…"
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