MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage focuses on materials, art, design, and interdisciplinary collaboration. While celebrating traditional and innovative techniques alike, we seek to engage makers and other creative individuals who push the boundaries of our field with a cross-media sensibility. Portland is a city that has a strong sense of community and is home to entrepreneurs and craftspeople alike. In response to this, we invite makers who work across disciplines to explore the unforeseen directions, inventiveness, and ingenuity within the metalsmithing field. Dates of Conference: May 23rd-26th, 2018 Location: Portland, Oregon Hotel: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR

Do you dream of dabbling in the world of curating? Do you have a great idea for an exhibition? SNAG's Emerging Curators Program offers grants up to $2,500 to assist an emerging curator or curators in executing an exhibition focused on jewelry and/or metalwork. Application deadline: December 1, 2017 An emerging curator may be a recent graduate of a jewelry and/or metalwork program; or artists who have hosted a few exhibitions; or curators looking to host an exhibition. Exhibition must open before December 31, 2018.

MSG and the South University Area Association will sponsor two booths for the 2017 South University Art Fair. All current MSG members are eligible to apply. All work submitted must be made by the applicant. Although mixed media pieces are accepted, some metal is required. Members who are interested in learning about art fairs or may be considering them as a career path are especially encouraged to apply. No previous art fair experience is necessary!

It's back by popular demand! The time honored annual Hammer In at College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University is coming soon. It's a free and fun event, so come and join in for Dr. Cotters Travelling Metals Show with special guest Nicole Jacquard. Sponsored by the College for Creative Studies, Wayne State University, and the Michigan Silversmith Guild the Hammer In will be held March 16th, 17th, 18th, 2017.Events: Thursday, March 16 1:30p 3:30p Presentation on Business + Professional Life with Jim Cotter & Nicole Jacquard at the auditorium of the Walter B. Ford II Building.Friday, March 17 2-5 Jim Cotter Demo at CCS, Metals Studio B211. Invited are Wayne, MSG, CCS, Cranbrook (not for the general public) 5-6:00 Chili Potluck, HUB of Kresge Ford. 6:00-7:30 Lecture in Walter B. Ford Auditorium, presenters Jim Cotter & Nicole Jacquard. 7:30-8 Networking/socializing reception sponsored by SmithShop.Saturday, March 18 1-4 Nicole Jacquard demo at Wayne State University, Studio 50 and 52.More information about Jim Cotter may be found at More information about Nicole Jacquard may be found at

Curated by Dr. Gretchen Otto, Professor of Art, and Brianna Wickoff in partnership with the Michigan Silversmiths Guild, METALS 2017 features the metalwork of 11 regional schools. There are over 60 pieces in the exhibition from Bowling Green State University, College for Creative Studies, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Eastern Michigan University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, Northern Michigan University, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University. Instructors were invited to show their work and select several pieces of their students' work. The exhibition is an opportunity to honor students who will show alongside the best work in the area. It allows students and instructors to see what is happening in other institutions. This can spark curiosity and excitement and an opportunity to make connections and exchanges.Metals 2017 includes two receptions. The opening reception will take place Wednesday March 8, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. A second reception, sponsored by the Michigan Silversmiths Guild will he held Saturday March 11, from 6-8 p.m.The works will be on exhibit from March 8 to April 11 at the University Gallery at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center. The center is located at 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti. Gallery hours are Monday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.