SNAG Conference

Lifetime Achievement & IMPACT Awards Reception

The Lifetime Achievement Award committee has selected Mary Lee Hu to receive the Award in 2024. A celebrated artist and educator, her jewelry is in permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Renwick Gallery, and many other US collections, and in London at Goldsmith’s Hall and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Hu is Professor Emeritus at University of Washington where she taught Metal Arts from 1980 until 2006. An innovator in applying textile techniques to metal, Hu has received numerous honors and awards, including three National Endowment of the Arts Craftsman Fellowships and  the Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. In 1996 she was inducted into the American Craft Council’s College of Fellows and three years later was named “Master of the Medium” by the James C. Renwick Alliance. A longtime member of SNAG, Mary Lee Hu served as the organization’s President of the Board from 1977 to 1980.  A national treasure, her oral history is part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in the Archives of American Art. Learn more

Youjin Um, the winner of the competition to design and make the Award, has created a masterful sterling composition titled, “Memory of Object,” pictured here. Youjin is a SNAG member who lives and works in Seoul, Korea.

The IMPACT Awards selection committee has named Susie Ganch and Arthur Hash as the inaugural award recipients. This initiative celebrates and supports artists making extraordinary contributions to the ever-evolving field of jewelry and metalsmithing. These awards are presented to two practitioners whose hand-crafted work has demonstrated notable impact in the areas of socially responsible practice, sustainability, technical innovation, and/or creative innovation. Learn more

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Friday June 7th
Montezuma Hall

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