SNAG'S 2016 Juried Exhibition Shifting Sites

Open call  /  ResearchMaking  /  01 Aug 2016  -  31 Aug 2016
Published: 19.02.2016
Agnes Ma
DEADLINE: 22/02/2016

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Shifting Sites is a SNAG’s 2016 Juried Exhibition in Print produced by Metalsmith, with emphasis on location or place as subject or actual space for the creation and display of work. SNAG invites all the professionals and students of the field to explore the places of contemporary metalsmithing.
Contemporary metalsmithing is a dynamic field, marked by ever-expanding possibilities for the creation and presentation of work. “Shifting Sites”, SNAG’s 2016 Juried Exhibition in Print produced by Metalsmith, will showcase works that explore the changing spaces of jewelry and metal objects as they are conceived, made, and displayed.

Jurors Eva Eisler, Lauren Fensterstock, and Lori Talcott are seeking examples that address fluid boundaries in the production, subject matter, and siting of current metalwork and that creatively engage with their environment. For this “Shifting Sites” issue, the emphasis is on location or place as subject or actual space for the creation and display of work. We welcome works that expand and explore the “where” of contemporary metalsmithing: where shown or sold (on the street, in Pop Up spaces, on Internet, etc); where is it worn or used (under the clothes, in the hair, in ceremonies, etc); where does it have environmental impact (installations, interventions, performance, etc); where is work made (in public, at Burning Man, etc). As a subject for metalsmithing, “site” can be understood as geography, landscape or cityscape and be revealed in imagery or forms that reference natural settings, architecture, urban or rural spaces. “Shifting Sites” broadly refers to the changing boundaries in metalsmithing practice that address place, location, geography, social space, as well as the natural and built environments.


- Open to all SNAG members 18 years of age or older, including jewelers, designers, metalsmiths, and students (please see instructions below to become a member).
- Applicants need not reside in the United States.
- All work must be original and produced within the last three years (2012 or later).
- Objects made from commercial kits or commercially available plans are NOT ELIGIBLE.
- Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to apply with images that have not been widely circulated in Metalsmith or other publications.

- Apply through CaFÉ™
- Applications must be received by midnight (11:59:59 pm) Mountain Time, February 22, 2016.
- Application fee of $35 is non-refundable.
- Payments are made via CaFÉ™ website with Visa or MasterCard. Checks are not an acceptable form of payment.
- All applicants MUST be a member of SNAG in order to be eligible to apply for this opportunity. If you are not a current member at the time of application, please see the links below to become a member or renew your membership.
- For each piece submitted, please submit both a detail and a general shot of your original work. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces. Instructions on how to format images can be found on the CaFE™ website under Image Preparation. Entries submitted by any method other than through will not be accepted.
- All works must be accompanied by title, material, dimensions, and year of completion.
- Artists must submit an artist statement (1000 character limit).
- Artists must submit a one-page resume.
- All decisions of the jurors are final.
- All work must be original. By completing this application artist agrees that he/she is responsible for the creation of submitted works.

By submitting images for possible publication in Metalsmith’s Exhibition in Print 2016, the artist agrees to the following:
- That Metalsmith magazine and SNAG have the right to retain and duplicate these images for the purpose of marketing and publishing the Exhibition in Print 2016, and for display on the SNAG website and e-newsletters.
- That the artist requires no compensation or further contact from Metalsmith magazine or SNAG.
- That the artist agrees to all terms and conditions set forth in this prospectus.

2016 Jurors:
- Eva Eisler (Designer and Jeweler)
- Lauren Fensterstock (Artist  and Curator)
- Lori Talcott (Jeweler and  Educator)

Please note, phone calls regarding status of submitted entries cannot be accepted.

- Submission deadline extended to: February 22, 2016
- Notification (by email): February, 2016
- High-Quality jpegs (as specified by email) due to Editor: March 10, 2016
- Exhibition in Print 2016 published: August 2016