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Juried exhibition at the SNAG Conference 2020

For 72 years, the Michigan Silversmiths Guild’s mission has been to broaden knowledge of Metalsmithing and to facilitate communication and interaction between metalsmiths.

This juried exhibition aims to continue that mission by bringing together the diverse work of our current members. The connections and artistic expressions our members have forged will allow the guild to remain strong into the future. The conference theme Grit to Gold fits our members perfectly, as they continue to persevere and explore materials, techniques and modes of expression inspired by our history while creating something new and “golden.”

About SNAG Adorned Spaces:

Our exhibition will be part of the Adorned Spaces exhibition at the 2020 SNAG conference: Grit to Gold. This on-site exhibition features twenty-four individually curated pop-up galleries offering a fresh look at the field of contemporary adornment. This juried exhibition will highlight both established and emerging artists to celebrate innovations in jewelry and metalsmithing. 


Tom Muir is Distinguished Professor of the Arts at Bowling Green State University, where he is head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing area in the School of Art. He received his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his BFA degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Mr. Muir has lectured and taught widely, holding positions at universities and craft schools around the country. His award-winning work has been published and exhibited extensively in art, craft and design exhibitions. Collections include the Art Institute of Chicago, Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and The White House Collection of American Crafts, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.


Exhibition is open to current members of The Michigan Silversmith’s Guild. Apply or renew membership.

How to Enter:

Fill out the following google form.

To pay by PayPal:

Artist Name

Space Limitations:

Due to space restrictions, pieces can be no larger than 20” in any direction

Application Fee:

$15 for up to three entries.

Application fee will be refunded if accepted artist signs up to help install the exhibition on May 20th


All work must be for sale, and 25% of all sales will be donated to SNAG.


Deadline for Submissions: March 30th

Notification of Acceptance: April 7th

Delivery of Work (If not attending SNAG Conference): May 15th

Date of Installation: May 20th

Exhibition Dates:

Thursday, May 21  |  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, May 22   | 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Closing Reception Friday May 22  |  5:30 – 7:30 pm Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.


The exhibition will be held at SNAG’s Grit to Gold: Future Fifty Conference in Philadelphia. MSG’s exhibition will be located in the Adorned Spaces exhibition in the Philadelphia Ballrooms North and South in the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel (also known as Philadelphia 201).

Delivery of Work Options:

Hand Delivery at the SNAG Conference:

If you are planning on attending the SNAG conference, you may hand deliver the work to Jennifer Marcson (419-202-3387), or another MSG volunteer in the Philadelphia Ballroom on the Mezzanine Level from 3-7pm.


All shipped work must be received by Friday, May 15th

Artists are responsible for all shipping costs. You must include a prepaid return shipping label or postage in your shipping container.

                        MSG Adorned Spaces c/o Jennifer Marcson

                        131 Liberty St.

                        Bowling Green, OH 43402

Hand Delivery to Armstrong Tool:

Work can be delivered to Mary Kernahan at Armstrong Tool (31541 W. Eight Mile, Livonia) from Wednesday May 13th through Friday May 15th from 10a to 5p.

Mary can be reached via phone at 734-890-4536. You may have a representative drop off your work.


Work will be displayed on tables at the conference, we have no access to walls for this exhibition. Artist-made stands may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Include a picture of your work on any stands or hanging devices you may want to include.


SNAG is not responsible for the previous condition of artwork. SNAG shall provide insurance coverage for each item during the period of its control for an amount equal to that of the estimated wholesale value as herein designated by the Lender. In the event of a loss it will be the responsibility of the Lender to establish to the satisfaction of SNAG’s insurer that the declared wholesale value for each loaned item is the fair market value.

The work will be covered by MSG’s liability policy while work is in MSG’s possession before and after the exhibition.

Pick up of Work:

At the Conference:

You may pick up work in the Philadelphia Ballroom on the Mezzanine Level on Friday, May 22nd from 8-10pm.

Armstrong Tool:

Wednesday May 27th through Friday May 29th from 10am to 5pm.

You may have a representative pick your work up for you; however, you must notify us in advance.