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Jewelry and Objects Exhibition 2016

April 29, 2016 by Christine Bossler

The Michigan Silversmiths Guild is pleased to present the Jewelry and Objects 2016 exhibition, juried by Billie Thiede. The exhibition will be held at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI from September 9 to October 15, 2016. The J&O show is a competitive metalsmithing and jewelry exhibition sponsored by The Michigan Silversmiths Guild in Collaboration with the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. The Juror Billie Theide is Professor of Art and Chair of Crafts and Metal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and a BFA from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She is the recipient of a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and five Artists Fellowship Grants from the Illinois Arts Council. Her creative work has been included in over four hundred invitational, competitive, group, and one-person exhibitions. She is a Distinguished Member and Past-President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

In the Line of Fire-Torch Fired Enameling with Anne Havel

August 10, 2016 by Julie Sanford

The Michigan Silversmiths Guild is thrilled to welcome guest artist Anne Havel for a two day torch fired enameling workshop this October. Anne Havel is an enamellist, metalsmith, and lampworker (she makes glass beads). I benefit from personal sensory issues which cause radical direction shifts. My unconscious issues, apparently, are the undisputed project manager at all times. Through my enameling pursuits I explore ideas about current brain-dominating subject matter. Frequent mind disturbances include nuclear power, planet degradation, imaginary space objects and creatures, molecular & cellular structures, mathematical pursuits. As a general rule, my work is an attempt at resolving the battle for brain dominance between chaos and geometry, expressing inner turbulence through abstract drawings. This workshop is open to members and non-members. Click the photo link for more workshop and registration information!

ANNOUNCING THE $20K SUSAN BEECH MID-CAREER GRANT

July 19, 2016 by Julie Sanford

Susan Beech,  Prestigious new international competition for mid-career artists Mill Valley, California, USA--Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is pleased to announce a new international grant opportunity for mid-career artists established by San Francisco-based jewelry collector Susan Beech. The objective of this grant is to recognize a mid-career artist who has made a substantial contribution to the field and to provide resources for the artist to develop and implement a significant jewelry-related project that she/he would not otherwise have the ability to undertake. This grant will alternate with the ongoing AJF Artist Award program, which will run again in 2018. The Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant is open to makers between the ages of 35 and 55 at the time of the proposal deadline. Artists submitting proposals must have an active and ongoing exhibition record and not be enrolled in a professional training program. The proposed project should be about jewelry, loosely defined. There must be a specific outcome to the project, and it must be completed within a two-year time frame. Examples could include (but are not limited to) creation of a new body of work; a book, catalog, or other publication; research and development (including travel study); or performance art involving jewelry. A proposed budget must be included as part of the proposal. The grant recipient will receive a grant of $20,000, to be paid over the two years in which the project will be implemented.Grant proposals must include: A one-page biography of the artist A two-page project proposal outlining the project including an explanation of how the grant will help support the artist's work and career and enhance the field A one-page detailed budget, A project proposal portfolio of five images that support/define/clarify the project proposal The jury of distinguished professionals for this inaugural grant cycle will be: grant founder and collector Susan Beech (United States); internationally recognized maker and academic Iris Eichenberg (Germany/United States); and curator of modern and the Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Cindi Strauss (United States).


Save the Date! 2017 SNAG Conference

July 15, 2016 by Julie Sanford

May 24-27, 2017 New Orleans Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal St, New Orleans, LANicknamed the Big Easy, New Orleans is known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene, and exceptional cuisine. A melting pot of French, African, and American cultures, it is one of the countrys most culturally and historically-rich cities. Its beauty, mystery and continuous regeneration is the perfect backdrop and inspiration for SNAGs 46th conference, NEXUS: A Connection of Ideas.Nexus: A Connection of Ideas will focus on motivating thinkers, collectors, and makers to bring new and old, materials, techniques, and ideas together in a true New Orleans celebration.

Lansing Art Gallery Holiday Exhibition


The Lansing Art Gallery Holiday Exhibition is an annual tradition that offers artists the opportunity to showcase and sell additional work during the busy holiday shopping season in a gallery setting. This years exhibit will feature artwork that ranges from fine art to small gifts; including jewelry, sculpture, paintings, pottery, paper goods and more. The deadline to apply is September 1, and the exhibition runs from November 8th - December 23rd. Participating artists have the opportunity to be selected for year round gallery representation after the exhibition.


In the Line of Fire-Torch Fired Enameling with Guest Artist Anne Havel


Join the Michigan Silversmiths Guild for an amazing workshop with guest artist Anne Havel as she presents In the Line of Fire, a two day exploration in torch-fired enameling. Workshop Description: "Using a torch, we will cover various methods of line creation to create the imagery and feeling one is trying to convey. successive layers of liquids & sgraffito, transparents, opaques, graphite, acid-etching, acrylic enamel lines, under and over-firing, and more will be used to build and preserve drawings in the final piece. No matter the student skill level, there will be the opportunity to immerse oneself in new ideas and principles. The focus of this workshop will be on enamel technique, however students may finish a simple pendant or pair of earrings as time allows. Cold-connection and minimal soldering skill options for your piece(s) can be explored"