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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD & CONFERENCE DEDICATION SNAG 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient gary s. griffin Gary S. Griffin is a practicing metalsmith living and working in El Rito, New Mexico. He retired after 32 years of post graduate teaching as Artist in Residence and Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, and previously at the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, Griffin has exhibited extensively worldwide. These include the National Ornamental Gary S. Griffin Metal Museum's exhibition Masters of American Metalsmithing, the American Craft Museum's inaugural exhibition Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical (US toured), and Craft Today USA by the American Craft Museum (toured 4 years/ 11 countries). His work "Garden Gate" was chosen for the exhibition Art That Works: The Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America, which toured 13 US museums over 3 years. Griffin has installed work in the Rivera Court of The Detroit Institute of Arts, at New York SOFA with JewelersWerk Galerie, the American Craft Museum in New York. The Lifetime Achievement Award by Cynthia Eid Additionally, Griffin authors catalog essays, critical reviews and articles. "REMAKING MATERIAL," co-authored with Erika Ayala Stefanutti, was Dedication on Thursday, May 16, 9am Canadian Room published in the summer 1994 issue of Metalsmith which received Metalsmith's 1995 Annual Writer's Award, and served as the foundation of a presentation delivered at the 1995 SNAG Conference in New Orleans. In 2002, his essay "MATERIAL" was included in Exploring Contemporary Craft: History, Theory and Critical Writing published jointly by Coach House Books and Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada. Griffin has been called upon to jury work in the visual arts, and for 30+ years, Griffin has been invited to lecture on his work throughout the USA. His metalwork primarily focuses upon utilitarian pieces for residences, including lighting fixtures, doors and hardware, tables, sideboards, fireplace screens and tools, gates and fences. These commissioned works extend in size from door handles to a fence and entry gate 90 feet in length. In 2001, he completed pedestrian and vehicular gates for the Lone Pine entrance to the Cranbrook Educational Community. In 2004, Glenn Adamson interviewed Griffin for the Archives of American Art/Oral History Program, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. In 2005, Griffin was elected to the American Crafts Council College of Fellows. In 2007, he was a resident artist in the John Michael Kohler Co. Arts and Industry program, and in 2008 he was given the Master Metalsmith Award by the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN. 4

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