Motoko Furuhashi

Motoko Furuhashi

SNAG Board Candidate
Motoko Furuhashi
was born in Tokyo, Japan. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, she is appointed as an Associate Professor at New Mexico State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Oakland Museum of California, Beijing International Jewelry Art, and Alliages in Lilly, France. Publications include 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs by Lark Books, New Rings: 500+ Designs from Around the World by Nicolas Estrada, and Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin.


What does SNAG mean to you? Why are you interested in committing your time and energy to our organization?

It’s a life changing organization. Since I came to learn jewelry as an international student, I’ve never thought I would take curiously about jewelry and metalsmithing as a carrier. My prospective changed and gave me a wider option when I first attended the SNAG Conference in Chicago. I would like to contribute my energy and skills to keep this organization active and bridge the knowledge and experiences to inspire future generations.

What do you think are the characteristics of a great Board member?

I am very committed to my position. Also coming from the educator background, I have learn to be very organized and work efficiently with in the timeline.

Fundraising is a significant obligation of Board service. Can you tell us about your experience in fundraising?

I am teaching in the region where funding can be challenging. However, we have had successful events to raise $10,000-$2000 (depends on the events). An example is project postcard, where we ask participants to create 6”x4” postcard size artworks and display during an opening event at the museum. I also have experience coordinating student jewelry sales, both in-person and on-line. I know SNAG has been doing lots of fundraising events. My goal is to expand the audience of these events outside of the members of SNAG, and bring money from people who never knew/participated in our fundraising.

Board members bring experience, wisdom, strategic thinking, and their support network contacts. Can you tell us about yours?

Not sure how to answer this question… but I am connected with many educators, gallery directors in Asia, especially in Japan. I know SNAG is North American based, but I think it would be a beneficial for us to be thinking wider world beyond America, especially with current digital global connection. I really enjoyed the regional symposium, and interested in doing more of these! I am also curious to work collaboratively with other organization. (NCECA, AIGA, SPE etc.) I believe other media specific art organizations have similar experience/difficulty, especially fund raising. Working with other organization might give us a new perspective!

What kind of autonomy do you have over your calendar? Are you prepared to commit the needed time to this leadership position?

My current commitment is teaching and researching, that being said, I am pretty busy throughout the year. However, besides that I will allocate all my effort and time for SNAG. I wouldn’t be submitting this if I cannot commit for this position!

Can you describe a problem you have had to address that reached a point of crisis? How did you solve it?

Luckily, I don’t recall if I ever reached a point of crisis… but if I ever have a situation of crisis, I will think flexibly to come up with other options to solve it.

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