Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is SNAG’s highest honor and is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of metalsmithing.

About the Award

This award is SNAG’s highest honor and is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of metalsmithing. Selection of the award recipient is made by a committee of three members, and the makeup of the committee changes each year.

Honorees receive recognition at SNAG’s annual conference and on the website, a specially designed award, and a lifetime membership in SNAG.

Criteria for the award include:

  • Sustained, long term commitment to the metal arts
  • Significant contributions to the field
  • Noteworthy achievements through creative work, teaching, research, scholarship, exhibition and curatorial work, and/or other meaningful activities in support of contemporary practice.

Nominations

We are now taking nominations year-round. Nominations submitted by December 1st will be considered for the following year. Once nominated, an individual’s name remains under consideration for 5 years, after which time, if not selected, they must be re-nominated to stay eligible for consideration.

Anyone may nominate someone for the Lifetime Achievement Award. You do not need to be a SNAG member. Also the nominee does not have to be SNAG member.

Announcing the winner of our competition for a new SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award design! Youjin Um has created the new award design pictured above. "Memory of Object," made of sterling silver, will be used starting with the 2022 Award. Youjin is a SNAG member who lives in Seoul, Korea.

Recipients

Jamie Bennett (2022)
Eleanor Moty (2020/2021)
James Wallace (2019)
Sharon Church (2018)
Helen Shirk (2017)
Gary Noffke (2016)
Fred Fenster (2015)
Robert Ebendorf (2014)
Gary Griffin (2013)
J. Fred Woell (2012)
L. Brent Kington (2011)
Lois Etherington Betteridge (2010)
Stanley Lechtzin (2009)
Heikki Seppä (2008)
Mary Ann Scherr (2007)
Kurt Matzdorf (2006)
John Paul Miller (2005)
Imogene “Tex” Gieling (2004)
Helen Drutt English (2003)
Arline Fisch (2002)
Philip Morton (2001)
Oppi Untracht (2000)
Margaret Craver (1999)
Harry Bober (1998)
Nathan Winkler (1997)
Pages honoring all past award recipients are in progress and will be posted when complete.

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