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Program Highlights

Keynote Presentation

Ronald Rael | The Expanded Borderlands

Rael will discuss how the hybrid culture of the historic and contemporary borderlands between the United States and Mexico is a productive laboratory for art and design when one understands their fraught histories and imagines their productive futures.

Demos

 

Session 1

  • Motoko Furuhashi | Gem Cutting Experience from Thailand
  • Hilario Lugo | Engraving with Lugo

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Session 2

  • Joy Fire | Joining steel and glass: linking two seemingly opposite materials to create a new object
  • Ana María Jiménez | Demonstration Volver al proceso

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Snapshots

Five presenters will each give a 20-minute quick-paced and inspirational talk about their work and career.

  • Adam Atkinson | Codes of Conduct
  • Tanya Owens Crane | Learn Anywhere; the value of craft and community
  • Sophie Glenn | Rust Never Sleeps
  • Ana María Jiménez | Return to the Process (Volver al proceso)
  • Georgina Treviño | A Journey Between Fashion and Contemporary Jewelry World

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Early Career Artists

Early Career Artist presentations are an opportunity for SNAG to introduce emerging artists and their work to a wider audience.  Presenters will each give a brief, inspirational talk about their work and career.

  • Colectiva Tilde | Rizoma: broadening our community thru connections
  • J Taran Diamond | Pretending, Performing
  • Oi Ying Valerie Ho | Jewelry as Protest: Unconventional Forms of Defiance and Non-Verbal Resistance in the Suppressive Political Environment of Hong Kong
  • Ger Xiong/Ntxawg Xyooj | Re/connections

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Meeting Points: Linking History & Place

Presentations that illuminate regional history.

  • Jean Radakovich + Rose Pfanner | Forging Love - The Art and Romance of Ruth and Svetozar Radakovich

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Meeting Points: Linking Community

Presentations that explore the potential for creative practice to nurture and empower community.

  • Sugandha Gupta | Interdependence in Design
  • Jess Tolbert | drifters: along, across, and among
  • Ingrid Valou | Forging community on unceded lands

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Expanding Practices: Sustainability, Ethical Sourcing, and Professionalism

Evolving from the Education Dialogue, presenters share insight and information meant to deepen and widen aspects of creative practice.

  • Curtis Hidemasa Arima + Russell Larman | The Intersection of Sustainability and DEIB in Jewelry and Metal Arts
  • Christina Malle | Sourcing Responsibly: What Can We Actually DO?
  • Nora McCarthy | Provenance, Professionalism and Profit

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Tech Talk: Human-Computer Collaboration

Presentations that introduce the potential of AI and computing to expand creative practice.

  • Teri Brudnak | Infinite Creativity: AI Text-to-Image in Jewelry Design
  • Lionel T Dean + Rajesh Gogna | Innovative Infusions: A design collaboration
  • Courtney Starrett | Crafting Connections: Exploring Human-Computer Interaction in Craft

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