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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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Started by Liz Steiner May 10. 0 Replies

The SNAG conference is just around the corner. Here are a few things you attendees have to look forward to!Authors Rene Zettle-Sterling and Jen Towsend will be giving away a signed copy of their book Cast, on Saturday, May 27th at the Schiffer Publishing booth in the vendor room. For more details, or to enter go here.For another opportunity to win some super cool stuff, make sure you get your…Continue

Tags: Spaces, Adorned, Tool, in, Hat

NOLA: Masterful LInks Part 1

Started by Liz Steiner Apr 5. 0 Replies

Spring is flying by and the conference will be here before you know it! Over the next few weeks, I'll be blogging about the lectures, exhibitions and other events making up this year's shin dig in New Orleans, LA. To kick things off, I like to post about the SNAG Masterful Links Project.The SNAG Links Project was originally conceived of and coordinated by Linda Kaye-Moses from 1996-2001. In this project, Linda invited 12 artists to create a link (a pendant-like adornment) utilizing their unique…Continue

Tags: Valentina, Links, Moeur, Cynthia, Eid

What's up with you guys (SNAG) not allowing pop up shows in conference hotel rooms?

Started by Brigitte Martin Feb 28. 0 Replies

"What's up with you guys (SNAG) not allowing pop up shows in conference hotel rooms? Why do you even care?"This is one of the questions I get asked fairly frequently as a representative for SNAG. I fully understand the field's desire to hold pop up shows at our conferences (everybody and their neighbor is attending, this is a good opportunity to show work, and these events are fun,) BUT there are important reasons why this cannot and should not happen. Here they are in a nutshell: ----Liability…Continue

Tags: conference, up, pop, SNAG, crafthaus

SNAG at ACC Baltimore

Started by Liz Steiner. Last reply by Brigitte Martin Feb 1. 1 Reply

It's the first day of February, which means the America Craft Council Baltimore Show is right around the corner. I know lots of SNAG members, including myself are busy busy at the bench. Some of us will be exhibiting with other emerging artists as part of the Hip Pop Program, while others are long time staples to the ACC scene.…Continue

Tags: membership, Baltimore, Jewelry, Center, exhibitors

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Comment by Brigitte Martin on February 6, 2014 at 8:40am

SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarships
Deadline March 15, 2014

SNAG recognizes the achievements and potential of those members currently enrolled as full-time students in undergraduate, graduate and community college programs through our Educational Endowment Scholarships.

Three scholarships are given annually. The scholarships are for tuition towards the artists' degree granting program. There are three tiers of awards: one for $2000, one for $1500, and the third at $1000.

Comment by Brigitte Martin on January 22, 2014 at 2:29pm

N E W: Join the VIP Trunk Show Preview Party! (Sign up during registration)

Comment by Brigitte Martin on January 22, 2014 at 2:26pm

N E W  at the conference this year:

Saturday, April 26th, Hilton Minneapolis

Annual Fundraiser: 8-9:00 p.m.

Come dressed to impress and adorn yourself all while supporting SNAG at our Annual Fundraiser!

Don’t miss this event in which YOU are the star.: Have your photo taken while trying on YOUR favorite pieces from the exhibition.

Try your luck at Blingo – a hip and fun twist on bingo –for a chance to win amazing prizes!

Tickets are required to attend this portion of the evening. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. All tickets include one free Blingo card. Additional cards will be available for purchase.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 23, 2013 at 4:49am

“Message: Beyond Adornment” 
Exhibition Announcement and Call for Your Readers Help and Participation 

The Farnham based Jewellers and Silversmiths Network (JSN) have challenged themselves to design, make and exhibit a collection of works in response to the theme of:
“Message: Beyond Adornment”
The members of the JSN will be exploring creative boundaries and interpreting the theme in its broadest sense developing ideas including environmental, philosophical, social and personal in a variety of media. 
The exhibition will run from 27th April 2014 – 7th June 2014 at The New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS

One of the displays will be a collection of work sent in by anyone who would like to join in be they professional, or amateur, young 
or old. It will look at how we can try to take control of images of ourselves, a topical theme given the prevalence of social media sites and the speed with which our image can be spread across the internet
JSN Member Poppy Porter says; “ we are keen to involve as wide an audience as possible with this exhibition and engage with people beyond a passive viewing experience. Get involved make a necklace.”
THE BRIEF: Design and make a piece of revisable neckwear that says “I Agree” on one side and “I Disagree” on the other. This allows the wearer to physically attempt to send a message about whether they want their photo taken or not. “I Agree” and “I Disagree” is the terminology commonly used in computer software user agreements. You can use any materials you like in any style. There is only one proviso – it is a swap, you will not get your own necklace back but you will get someone else’s. Do not use precious materials unless you are willing to give them away – if you make a necklace out of diamonds be aware you may get one back made out of wool.
Submissions must be received by March 24th 2014
Send to : Rebecca Skeels, Jewellery and Metalwork, University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS
Including an SAE with postage to cover the return of a necklace.
• "The Jewellers and Silversmiths Network is a group run by and for its members with the aim of strengthening links with other makers in the local area around Farnham, Surrey. We meet regularly at the Maltings, Farnham to exchange useful information and explore new skills. We also exhibit together as a group, presenting our work to as wide a range of people as possible. As members of the group, we are able to take advantage of, and create, collaborative opportunities that would not be available to us as individuals."
• The New Ashgate Gallery Trust is dedicated to promote and champion the best contemporary art and craft and to provide an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey.
Please contact JSN for hi-res images via Dropbox on

Comment by Brigitte Martin on October 7, 2013 at 11:08am

Comment by Brigitte Martin on October 6, 2013 at 6:49am

SNAG's new online exhibition "Contemporary Goldsmithing, Tradition and Excellence" is up. Jurors George Sawyer, Judith Kinghorn and Tom Herman did a wonderful job. Enjoy.

Comment by Brigitte Martin on September 20, 2013 at 10:17am
The Minneapolis PDS will have an absolute KILLER program. Just confirmed some truly s.p.e.c.t.a.c.u.l.a.r speakers and a great topic. Will post more info soon. You won't want to miss the 2014 PDS Harriete Estel Berman and I are putting together!!
Comment by Brigitte Martin on September 16, 2013 at 1:24pm

The SNAG forums are now open for all participants. First discussion: "Beginner Camera Suggestion"

For someone new to photographing their own work, what are your recommendations as far as getting a "good" camera is concerned? What's the minimum requirement?
What do you think of using smart phone cameras given that their photo quality has improved so much lately?

SIGN UP, ask questions, give answers!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 16, 2013 at 4:56am
Good luck Dana. Hope you have some lovely things planned. And thank you for corresponding with us guys over seas. It's been much appreciated!
Comment by emiko oye on August 15, 2013 at 8:45pm

We love you Dana! To me, your name is synonymous with SNAG since you started when I joined. Your shoes will be tough to fill, but happy for you!


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