Exhibitions

SNAG’s exhibitions showcase a wide variety of medium celebrating contemporary adornment and sculpture.

Yumeng Wu - Carry the Pain of Nirvana to Be Worthy of Beauty of Rebirth - Voltage Exhibition

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

SNAG’s Annual Juried Student Exhibition showcases the diversity of students who are the future of the metalsmithing and jewelry field.

In Focus

We’ve partnered with Queer Metalsmiths to showcase BIPOC and or 2SLGBTQIA+ artists from marginalized communities who are the future of the metalsmithing and jewelry field in all materials, aesthetics, levels of experience, and backgrounds.

Metalsmith Editorial Photo Call

In 2023, Metalsmith magazine invited submissions of creatively styled images of artist-made jewelry, adornment, and metalsmithing in all forms and materials. Nearly 200 artists or groups submitted around 600 images to this call for editorial photography, which were reviewed by jurors Jill Fannon and Mazzi Odu. The jurors' selections were featured in Metalsmith Vol 3 No 3.  All of the entries are now on view as a virtual exhibition.

Image: Claire Webb, Diamond Ring & pieces from the You Rule Collection
Photo: Elisabeth Krimian

Sept 2023 -Sept 2024

WE ARE SNAG: Anthology Ed. 3

A virtual catalog of SNAG membership, created as a visual resource for fellow members, educators, retail shoppers, collectors, galleries, and museums.

Image: Tami Kegley, My Lucky Cuff
Photo credit: Greg Harrison

As Good as Gold: We Are SNAG Membership Series

The sixth juried member online exhibition in the We Are SNAG Membership Series. 2019 marks 50 years since the inception of the Society of North…

Mastery in Jewelry and Metals: Irresistible Offerings!

In recognition of the SNAG’s 50th Anniversary, this exhibition showcased masterful works by makers who have worked for more than 25+ years, have achieved substantial…

Graduating Student Showcases

2019 marked the 50th anniversary of SNAG’s formation as an organization. To celebrate this milestone we planned a variety of events, including two Graduating Student…

Halstead Design Challenge 2019

The 2019 Halstead Design Challenge explores the theme of CYCLE by playing with ideas on continuity, loops or lifecycles! 2019 is a special year for…

Triple Parade 2018

SNAG was a sponsor of the 2018 Triple Parade exhibition in Shanghai, China. The Triple Parade is a prestigious nonprofit biennial international cultural project that…

HERE TODAY: We Are SNAG Membership Series

The fifth juried member online exhibition in the We Are SNAG Membership Series. When considering the temporal qualities of metalwork, it is often its endurance…

Halstead Design Challenge 2018

The 2018 Halstead Design Challenge “Hidden” asked artists to play with the ideas of secrecy and mystery to create a brooch or convertible pendant constructed…

2018 Juried Student Exhibition: MADE

MADE: The 2018 Juried Student Exhibition highlighted student work that challenges traditional and non-traditional ways of working using new and old materials, techniques, and ideas…

Exhibition in Motion: Objects of Protection

The 2018 Exhibition in Motion – Objects of Protection challenged artists to create works that would offer protection, either defensively or offensively, to the wearer….

WE ARE SNAG: Appropriated Adornment

The fourth juried member online exhibition in the We Are SNAG Membership Series. History has inspired artists for thousands of years. Rather than simply borrow…

Exhibition in Print at Contemporary Craft

Showcased outstanding metal artworks by over 20 artists. As an annual feature of Metalsmith magazine, the 2017 Exhibition in Print focused on the metalwork tradition…

Halstead Design Challenge 2017

The 2017 Halstead Design Challenge “Memento” asked artists to incorporate a photo into a brooch constructed primarily from materials in the Halstead challenge kit. A…

Exhibition in Motion 2017

Unmasked: Conceal and Reveal Makers highlighted large-scale wearable pieces that incorporated an element of transformation at this 2017 event, held during the SNAG conference in…

2017 Juried Student Exhibition: Nexus

Nexus was held during the 2017 SNAG conference in New Orleans and highlighted student work that challenges traditional and non-traditional ways of working using new…

WE ARE SNAG: (Up)Setting the Stone

As the third juried member exhibition in the We Are SNAG series, (Up)Setting the Stone is an online exhibition focused on the setting. Stone setting…

Exhibition in Motion 2016

Xchange: Fashioning Intersections was the theme of the 2016 Exhibition in Motion, a live fashion show and fundraising event featuring models wearing cutting edge jewelry….

2016 Juried Student Exhibition: Into View

Into View highlighted a range of student work from colleges and universities across North America. Jurors: Marthe Le Van and Barbara Minor.

Halstead Design Challenge 2016

For SNAG’s very first Halstead Design Challenge, 100 artists created kinetic brooches from “design challenge kits.” Some of the brooches were featured in an exhibition…

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