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2012 Conference Program

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SNAG's Annual Juried Student Exhibition: Fusion "FUSION": As temperatures increase, materials and objects begin to melt as they change from solid to liquid under the intense heat. The process often results in the joining together of two or more elements to form a single entity. The intensity of educational programs often leads to similar blending of ideas, techniques or materials. The 2012 SNAG Juried Student Exhibition will focus on fusion - showcasing the best student work from any North American degree, diploma or certificate granting institution. Jurors made selections from a full range of metal and jewelry work, including traditional and non-traditional approaches, promoting innovation and success in the next generation of metals and jewelry artists. JURORS: Lynn Cool-A published author of critical reviews for Metalsmith magazine, she exhibits both nationally and internationally, and her work is published in The Creative Art of Tassles. Inspired by European liturgical and secular masterworks of the Gothic period, Cool's hollow-formed constructions commemorate through organic iconography, offering a fluid exchange between sculpture, vessel, and wearable. French Thompson- Owner of French Designer Jeweler in Scottsdale, French has a background in both bronze foundries and studio jewelry. He serves as Vice-President of the Contemporary Forum at the Phoenix Art Museum, and has been a member of SNAG for 30+ years. For 15+ years, French has represented some of the top jewelry artists in the world, while maintaining his own jewelry design. Michael Parrett- Michael opened Firescale Studio in 2010 in St. Louis, MO and is active in the arts community. He works for Craft Alliance, teaches enameling at SIUE, is president of the Wagner Association of Metalsmiths, and is an instructor for the Society of Midwest Metalsmiths. He also works in blown glass, flame-worked glass and several fiber techniques, which he incorporates into his metal sculptures and wearable pieces. Michael was the metals artist in residence at the Kranzberg Arts Center from 2009 to 2010. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Trailblazer's Ballroom May 23-May 26, 2012 Credits: Defense Mechanism, by Damia Smith, University of Kansas Sponsored by University of North Texas, Dr. Robert Milnes, Dean, College of Visual Arts and Design 53

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