Society of North American Goldsmiths is the Premier Association for Jewelry, Design and Metalsmithing.

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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

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

Residency Round Up Part 2

Started by Liz Steiner Jan 17. 0 Replies

The last post was just the tip of the ice burg in terms of opportunities for residencies and assistantships. Many of the institutions listed in this post also have deadlines coming up in the next month or so, so keep those applications coming!Peters Valley School of Craft: I love Peters Valley. I was lucky enough be both an assistant and a fellow in consecutive summers. As an Artist Fellow, you're in charge of running the studio, making sure instructors have what they need and that the students…Continue

Tags: Pocosin, applications, Arts, Peters, Valley

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Comment by Brigitte Martin on October 29, 2012 at 5:04pm

Love this color combination: Petra Class' piece on the cover of the latest Metalsmith magazine!
To subscribe for a single issue or for a year:

Comment by Brigitte Martin on October 26, 2012 at 11:27am

For those of you thinking about going to the Toronto SNAG conference next year, please look at this info ahead of time, particularly at the US Customs and Border Protection Guide!!

Comment by Brigitte Martin on October 26, 2012 at 11:12am

Year-end donation ask time, oh, how I dread thee - and I know I am not alone. Do you, like me, think you should donate but then oftentimes don’t go through with it because you are (a) not rich enough to support every worthy cause and (b) worried that your comparatively tiny donation probably won’t matter anyway? For instance, do you enjoy what SNAG has to offer and know they really need the money, but ....

Well, to cut this short, this year I decided to buckle down and donate to SNAG! I can’t give thousands of dollars but I know that even my few bucks will count, will be noticed, will be effective and will support something that is really important to you and me: our community of fellow metalsmiths and the message that needs to get out there that what we do is great. I mean, really, what is more important than jewelry and metals? Anyone?

So, can I ask you to send in a donation as well, please? Absolutely every amount counts and is noticed. Can you do it now? It rally takes just 10 seconds of your time. Here is the link:

Thank you very much!

Brigitte Martin
SNAG, Board of Directors
-Community Liaison-

PS: Money is what keeps things afloat. It’s really that simple. Your contribution and your involvement matter very much, particularly to a small arts organization like SNAG. Thank you again!

Comment by Brigitte Martin on October 24, 2012 at 9:17am

Update: SNAG's informational blurb regarding the 2013 Online Exhibition:

"Contemporary Goldsmithing: Tradition & Excellence"
For centuries, master goldsmiths worked with precious metals, gemstones, and pearls, delivering highly desired jewelry and hollowware to courts and churches. The traditional techniques and skills needed to produce extraordinary pieces have changed little over time. Shown in museums, acquired for private collections, sold at esteemed auction houses, and universally revered, the finest examples of contemporary goldsmithing continue to astound viewers with their timeless beauty and skillful execution.

"Contemporary Goldsmithing: Tradition & Excellence" is the second virtual exhibition organized by SNAG. We are looking for high-quality images of exemplary work by contemporary, traditional goldsmiths. We welcome one-of-a-kind jewelry and objects created from precious metals. Of added interest are designs and processes implemented in response to the rising cost of materials. Each entry should epitomize the best of what is being created in the studio today.

George Sawyer, celebrated goldsmith and maker of exquisite mokume gane, will jury this exhibition with two other jurors of his choice. Watch in 2013 for the Call for Entries with instructions on how to submit work.
Comment by Brigitte Martin on August 13, 2012 at 10:41am
SNAG announces the creation of a new Community Liaison position on the board of directors.  New board member Brigitte Martin will be the first person filling this position. 

The Community Liaison brings the SNAG board closer to the conversations and needs in the jewelry and metals community.  If you want to give us feedback or talk about what engages you, email Brigitte at (or find her through the SNAG website under Contact).
Comment by Angelina Smith on May 17, 2012 at 9:35pm

SNAG 2012 Unofficial ROOM CRAWL

Hey for those of you attending SNAG, this year brings the first (unofficial) ROOM CRAWL. An opportunity to host a little soiree in your room, show some work and mingle!

Thursday May 24, 2012 9p-12a

Email for more information about showing your work and hosting a party.  

Facebook event page

Download: 2012 Room Prospectus

Comment by Brigitte Martin on May 10, 2012 at 8:54am
SNAG Voting Opens

Mail in ballots are now available on our website, and must be postmarked no later than May 18. Mail them to the SNAG office, 540 Oak Street, Suite A, Eugene, OR 97401.

The online voting will begin this Friday May 11 on our website, and will remain open through Friday May 25. You can also vote in person onsite at the conference. Everyone will receive ballots when they check in at registration, and the Voting Table is prominently positioned immediately outside the Grand Ballroom.

We have two candidates running for President, four candidates running for two open seats on the board of directors, and two candidates running for one seat on the Nominations & Elections Committee.

We actively encourage you all to vote.  All current SNAG members have the right to vote, including students.   


Comment by Brigitte Martin on March 16, 2012 at 11:24am

Metal Museum

Job Description – Collections Manager/Registrar


Classification: Exempt                                                           

Reports to: Executive Director


Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.  Additional hours may be required during exhibit change and events.



Responsible for the safekeeping and handling of the Metal Museum’s collections (including the of Permanent and Research Study collections and the library collection of books, periodicals, photographs, drawings and folios), as well as art objects individually on loan or on loan as part of a temporary or traveling exhibition.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities 

  1. Responsible for updating and maintaining all records pertaining to museum collections: computerized files, hard copy files, photographic/slide files, manual card catalogue system and location files.  This includes organizing and maintaining the library collection, including books, periodicals, papers, photos, catalogs and slides, recommending and overseeing the repair of items in the collections and developing and implementing a system to organize, digitize and catalog images in the library collection.
  2. Responsible for all documentation pertaining to museum collections: Incoming/Outgoing Receipt forms, Loan Agreement forms, Deed of Gift forms, Permission for Reproduction forms, general correspondence, condition reports and location reports.
  3. Responsible for documentation pertaining to proposed gifts, bequests, museum purchases and de-accessions.
  4. Responsible for initiating paperwork involving loan requests from other museums and forwarding to Exhibitions Coordinator.
  5. Responsible for coordinating arrangements for temporary exhibitions, traveling exhibitions and incoming/outgoing loans: transportation, insurance, packing/crating, and import/export customs brokers.
  6. Responsible for coordinating and supervising photography of museum collections and temporary loan objects for catalogues, museum photographic files.
  7. Responsible for dealing with insurance company regarding museum collections and temporary art objects: certificates of insurance, damage claims, and photo documentation.
  8. Supervises and assists in packing/unpacking of all art objects: either part of temporary exhibitions, incoming/outgoing loans, and/or gifts and purchases.
  9. Responsible for updating Facilities Report, Collections Policy and other related documents.
  10. Works with the Exhibitions Coordinator in the input of information and the production of computerized labels, both in-house and traveling exhibitions.
  11. Responsible for the preparation and exhibition of possible acquisitions.
  12. Responsible for setting meetings and taking minutes for the Collections Committee.
  13. Assists with organizing future traveling exhibitions.
  14. Assists in the production of exhibition and permanent collection brochures, catalogues, and the museum newsletter.
  15. Acts as courier for art objects on loan locally, nationally, and internationally.
  16. Train appropriate museum staff on the proper handling, packing and conditioning of artwork.
  17. Other Responsibilities include, but are not limited to greeting guests and acting as a docent/guard for the galleries, monitoring general cleanliness of the buildings, conducting tours as necessary, assisting with events (openings, fundraisers, etc.) and performing other essential duties as assigned.
  18. Inform Executive Director of issues or progress.
  19. Respond to change productively and perform other essential duties as assigned. 


Education: Masters degree, with a major in museum studies, fine arts or art history preferred.

Experience: Minimum 5 years experience in a museum preferred.


  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, PastPerfect and Resource Mate
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Detail oriented
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a larger team

For More Information

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume. For more information or to submit an application, please contact


Carissa Hussong

Metal Museum

374 Metal Museum Drive

Memphis, TN  38106



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