Society of North American Goldsmiths

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The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) was founded in 1969.[1] It is an international nonprofit organization that serves as the primary organization of jewelers and metal artists in North America. Anyone interested in the related fields may become a member. Members include independent studio artists, teachers, students, gallerists, collectors, curators, and writers.

SNAG is responsible for several major projects which contribute to the field: the publication of Metalsmith magazine, an annual conference (2013 will be hosted in Toronto, Canada), a newsletter (SNAGnews), a listserve (SNAGnet), and a website. All of these resources and events combine to document the work in the fields of jewelry, design, and metal arts; helping to foster a vibrant, professional artistic community.

Brief History of SNAG[edit]

Founded in 1969, following a first meeting 1968. The original nine gold and silversmiths, called together by Philip Morton, were: Robert Ebendorf, Phillip Fike, Hero Keilman, Brent Kington, Stanley Lechtzin, Kurt Matzdorf, Ron Pearson, Olaf Skoogfors, and of course Morton.

In 1969, eighteen metalsmiths chose the name, planned the first conference and exhibition for 1970 in St. Paul, MN, and determined the long-range goals. There were criteria for membership (it was not an open guild): • Proven professionalism • Outstanding creative achievement in metal work • Contributions to the field for other than creative work

Have produced 41 conferences (Toronto will be the 42nd), with the first one in 1970.

Have produced an estimated 30 exhibitions, with the first one in 1970. The most recent were “The Art of Gold” curated by Michael Monroe, which traveled for three years, and "Framing the Art of Jewelry," curated by Ellen Lupton at SOFA Chicago in 2007. In October 2012, SNAG will host their first online exhibition "The Body Adorned" on their website.

Annual Conferences[edit]

Year City Theme Keynote Host(s)
2014 Minneapolis, MN From Grains to Gold Tanya Harrod
2013 Toronto, Canada Meta-Mosaic tba George Brown College and Harbourfront Centre
2012 Phoenix, AZ The Heat Is On! Garth Clark Arizona Designer Craftsmen
2011 Seattle, WA Flux Glenn Adamson Seattle Metals Guild
2010 Houston, TX Going to Extremes Caroline Broadhead Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2009 Philadelphia, PA Revolution Stanley Lechtzin
2008 Savannah, GA Crosscurrents: Diverse Solutions in a Global Environment Sheila Hicks Savannah College of Art and Design
2007 Memphis, TN Directions Unknown: Looking Forward, Learning from History Ralph Caplan National Ornamental Metal Museum
2006 Chicago, IL Mind & Matter: From Thought to Object Ted Noten Chicago Metal Arts Guild
2005 Cleveland, OH Intersection Gijs Bakker Cleveland Institute of Art
2004 St. Petersburg, FL In Pursuit of Passion Christiane Corbat Florida Craftsmen and Florida Society of Goldsmiths
2003 San Francisco, CA Making it in Metal Susan Cohn Velvet Da Vinci Gallery
2002 Denver, CO 5280-2002 Lily Yeh Colorado Metalsmithing Association
2001 Richmond, VA Material Considerations John Behringer
2000 Cambridge, MA The Status of the Hand Malcolm McCullough
1999 St. Louis, MO Reaching Out Michael Good
1998 Seattle, WA Settings Kenneth Trapp Seattle Metals Guild
1997 Albuquerque, NM Enchantment of Diversity Tom Joyce
1996 Washington, DC Capital Assets

Previous conferences were held in the following cities:

  • 1995: New Orleans, LA
  • 1994: Portland, OR
  • 1993: Cincinnati, OH
  • 1992: Providence, RI
  • 1991: Atlanta, GA
  • 1990: San Francisco, CA
  • 1989: San Antonio, TX
  • 1988: Saratoga Springs, NY
  • 1987: Bloomfield Hills, MI (hosted by Cranbrook Academy of Art)
  • 1986: Flagstaff, AZ
  • 1985: Toronto, Canada
  • 1984: New York City, NY
  • 1983: Pacific Grove, CA
  • 1982: Chicago, IL
  • 1981: Lawrence, KS (hosted by The University of Kansas)
  • 1980: Tucson, AZ
  • 1979: Boston, MA
  • 1978: St. Louis, MO
  • 1977: Seattle, WA
  • 1976: Cleveland, OH
  • 1975: Bromwood (outside St. Louis)
  • 1974: Richmond, VA
  • 1972: New York City, NY
  • 1970: St. Paul, MN

Lifetime Achievement Award recipients[edit]

Board of directors[edit]

1970: Brent Kington, President, Robert Ebendorf, Vice President, Hero Keilman, Secretary/Treasurer, Fred Fenster, Stanley Lechtzin, Miye Matsukata, Kurt Matzdorf, Al Pine, Harold Stacey

1971: Brent Kington, President, Robert Ebendorf, Vice President, Hero Keilman, Secretary/Treasurer, Alma Eikerman, Fred Fenster, Kurt Matzdorf, Harold Stacey

1972: Brent Kington, President, Robert Ebendorf, Vice President, Hero Keilman, Secretary/Treasurer, Fred Fenster, Kurt Matzdorf, Miye Matsukata

1973: Robert Ebendorf, President, Orland Larson, Vice President, Arline Fisch, Secretary/Treasurer, Fred Fenster, Hero Keilman, Brent Kington, Stanley Lechtzin, Kurt Matzdorf, Miye Matsukata

1975: Robert Ebendorf, President, Joel Bagnal, Vice President, Arline Fisch, Secretary/Treasurer, Hero Keilman, Tom Markusen, George McLean, Mary Ann Scherr

1977: Mary Lee Hu, President, Tom Markusen, Vice President, Joel Bagnal, Secretary/Treasurer, John Marshall, George McLean, Jim Meyer, Mary Ann Scherr

1978: Mary Lee Hu, President, Tom Markusen, Vice President, Bill Neumann, Secretary/Treasurer, John Marshall, George McLean, Jim Meyer, Sandie Zilker

1979: Mary Lee Hu, President, Tom Markusen, Vice President, Bill Neumann, Secretary/Treasurer, Mark Baldridge, George Marshall, Jim Meyer, Sandie Zilker

1980: Mary Lee Hu, President, Tom Markusen, Vice President, Bill Neumann, Secretary/Treasurer, Mark Baldridge, Jim Meyer, Sandie Zilker

1981: Tom Markusen, President, Marcia Lewis, Vice President, Bill Neumann, Secretary/Treasurer, Mark Baldridge, Gary Griffin, Richard Helzer, Richard Mawdsley, Douglas Steakley, Sandie Zilker

1982: Arline Fisch, President, Michael Croft, Vice President, Douglas Steakley, Secretary/Treasurer, Mark Baldridge, Gary Griffin, Richard Helzer, Richard Mawdsley, Marcia Lewis, Linda Threadgill

1983: Arline Fisch, President, Michael Croft, Vice President, Douglas Steakley, Secretary/Treasurer, Mark Baldridge, Sharon Church, Gary Griffin, Marcia Lewis, Richard Mawdsley, Linda Threadgill

1984: Arline Fisch, President, Michael Croft, Vice President Douglas Steakley, Secretary/Treasurer, Mark Baldridge, Lois Betteridge, Sharon Church, Marcia Lewis, Richard Mawdsley, Linda Threadgill

1985: Michael Croft, President, Arline Fisch, Past President, Lane Coulter, Secretary/Treasurer, Mark Baldridge, Samuel Beiser, Lois Betteridge, Sharon Church, Marcia Lewis, Linda Threadgill

1986: Michael Croft, President, Richard Mawdsley, President Elect, Lane Coulter, Secretary/Treasurer, Mark Baldridge, Samuel Beiser, Jamie Bennett, Lois Betteridge, Sharon Church, Garret DeRuiter

1987: Richard Mawdsley President, Michael Croft, Past President, Richard Austin, Secretary/Treasurer, Samuel Beiser, Jamie Bennett, Lois Betteridge, Garret DeRuiter, Tim McCreight, Brigid O’Hanrahan

1989: Steakley, President, Richard Mawdsley, Past President, Richard Austin, Secretary/Treasurer, Jamie Bennett, Garret DeRuiter, Michael Good, Lynda LaRoche, Tim McCreight, Brigid O’Hanrahan, Rachelle Thiewes

1990: Steakley, President, Peter Jagoda, President Elect, Walter Soellner (replaced Richard Austin, who died) Secretary/Treasurer, Patricia Daunis-Dunning, Michael Good, Lynda LaRoche, Tim McCreight, Billie Jean Theide

1991: Steakley, President, Billie Jean Theide, Secretary, Walter Soellner, Treasurer, Patricia Daunis-Dunning, Martha Glowacki, Michael Good, Linda LaRoche, Tim McCreight

1992: Peter Jagoda, President, Tim McCreight, President Elect, Billie Jean Theide, Secretary, Walter Soellner, Treasurer, Megan Corwin, Betsy Douglas, Martha Glowacki, Don Stuart

1993: Tim McCreight, President, Peter Jagoda, Past President, Walter Soellner, Treasurer, Megan Corwin, Betsy Douglas, Martha Glowacki, Patricia Nelson, Sam Shaw, Don Stuart, Billie Jean Theide

1994: Tim McCreight, President, Billie Jean Theide, President Elect, Megan Corwin, Betsy Douglas, Tom Muir, Patricia Nelson, Susan Sarantos, Sam Shaw, Don Stuart

1995: Billie Jean Theide, President, Tim McCreight, Past President, Becky Thatcher, Treasurer, Boris Bally, Megan Corwin, Tom Muir, Patricia Nelson, Susan Sarantos, Sam Shaw (reelected), Don Stuart

1996: Billie Jean Theide, President, Don Stuart, President Elect, Patricia Nelson, Secretary, Becky Thatcher, Treasurer, Boris Bally, Megan Corwin, Tom Muir, Rosanne Raab, Susan Sarantos, Sam Shaw

1997: Don Stuart, President, Billie Jean Theide, Past President, Becky Thatcher, Treasurer, Boris Bally, Megan Corwin, Jack da Silva, Diane Falkenhagen, Susan Sarantos, Sam Shaw, Paulette Werger

1998: Don Stuart, President, Billie Jean Theide, Past President, Walter Soellner, Treasurer, Jack da Silva, Diane Falkenhagen, Tom Muir, Susan Sarantos, Becky Thatcher, Paulette Werger

1999: Don Stuart, President, Don Friedlich, President Elect, Bruce Metcalf, Secretary, Walter Soellner, Treasurer, Jack da Silva, Diane Falkenhagen, Thomas Mann, Sam Shaw, Paulette Werger

2000: Don Friedlich, President, Micki Lippe, President Elect, Bruce Metcalf, Secretary, Allora Doolittle, Treasurer, Jan Baum, Kristin Beeler, Marcia Macdonald, Thomas Mann, Lin Stanionis, Paulette Werger

2001: Micki Lippe, President, Don Friedlich, Past President, Bruce Metcalf, Secretary, Allora Doolittle, Treasurer, Jan Baum, Kristin Beeler, Marcia Macdonald, Thomas Mann, Lin Stanionis, Paulette Werger

2002: Micki Lippe, President, Ken Bova, President Elect, Tara Stephenson, Secretary, Allora Doolittle, Treasurer, Jan Baum, Kristin Beeler, Jim Cohen, Karen Christians, Peggy Eng, Marcia Macdonald

2003: Ken Bova, President, Ellen Weiske, Secretary, Angela Gleason, Treasurer, Kristin Beeler, Karen Christians, John Cogswell, Jim Cohen, Peggy Eng, Melissa Huff, Keith Lewis, Marcia Macdonald, Barbara Minor

2004: Ken Bova, President, Ellen Weiske, Secretary, Angela Gleason, Treasurer, Kristin Beeler, Jim Cohen, Peggy Eng, Melissa Huff, Keith Lewis, Marcia Macdonald, Barbara Minor, Susan Mahlstedt

2005: Sam Shaw, President, Ken Bova, Past President, Ellen Weiske, Secretary, Angela Gleason, Treasurer, Jim Cohen, Peggy Eng, Barbara Heinrich, Melissa Huff, Barbara Minor, Kiwon Wang, Sandie Zilker

2006: Sam Shaw, President, Kris Patzlaff, President Elect, Ellen Weiske, Secretary, Angela Gleason, Treasurer, Peggy Eng, Melissa Huff, Kristin Lora, Tina Rath, James Thurman, Kiwon Wang, Sandie Zilker

2007: Kris Patzlaff, President, Sam Shaw, Past President, James Thurman, Secretary, Stewart Thomson, Treasurer, Kristin Lora, John Rais, Tina Rath, Kiwon Wang, Sandie Zilker

2008: Kris Patzlaff, President, Harlan Butt, President Elect, Nanz Aalund, Secretary, Stewart Thomson, Treasurer, Kristin Lora, Anne Mondro, John Rais, Tina Rath, Marlene Richey, James Thurman, Sandie Zilker

2009: Harlan Butt, President, Kris Patzlaff, Past-President, Anika Smulovitz, Secretary, Stewart Thomson, Treasurer, Nanz Aalund, Caroline Gore, Anne Mondro, John Rais, Marlene Richey, James Thurman, Sandie Zilker

2010: Harlan Butt, President, Sue Amendolara, President Elect, Nanz Aalund, Secretary, Stewart Thomson, Treasurer, Eliana Arenas, Caroline Gore, Ann Mondo, Jamie Obermeier, John Rais, Marlene Richey, Anika Smulovitz

2011: Sue Amendolara, President, Harlan Butt, Past-President, Eliana Arenas, Secretary, Anne Havel, Treasurer, Caroline Gore, Karen Lorene, Ann Mondro, Jamie Obermeier, Bryan Park, Anika Smulovitz, Marlene True

2012: Sue Amendolara, President, Renee Zettle-Sterling, President Elect, Eliana Arenas, Secretary, Anne Havel, Treasurer, Caroline Gore, Marthe Le Van, Karen Lorene, Brigitte Martin, Sharon Massey, Jamie Obermeier, Bryan Park, Marlene True

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.snagmetalsmith.org, referenced 3/15/2007

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