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SNAG 2018 Events

Society of North American Goldsmith’s 47th Annual Conference, MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage, is taking place in Portland on May 23-26, 2018. OCAC is hosting several events, exhibitions and workshops in partnership with SNAG - check them out below!


Party on the Hill at OCAC
Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 8:00-10:00pm

In conjunction with the 2018 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) annual conference, Oregon College of Art and Craft will host “Party on the Hill at OCAC.” The special entertainment event follows the Thursday evening Gallery Crawl in the Pearl.

Guests will arrive on campus at 8pm and experience two exhibitions: in the Hoffman Gallery, Reliant Objects, curated by Courtney Kemp (OCAC faculty) and Lyndsay Rice; and in the Centrum Gallery, Matter of Course, work created by students taking classes in the Metals Department.

Other amusements include food from Bunk Sandwiches, Churros Locos food cart, and drinks from Widmer and Hopworks breweries and Happy Mountain Kombucha. Music, tours of the campus, and information about OCAC and our many programs are also included.

This is a fundraiser for SNAG; tickets are $50 per person. To purchase a ticket and for more information, click HERE.


Hoffman Gallery
Reliant Objects is a group exhibition of interdisciplinary craft work challenging notions of form, function, and the future of domestic objects. In Reliant Objects, the works attempt to claim their own narrative space, building new futures and object-agency through challenges to form, misuse, and dysfunction. These objects rely upon a viewer’s recognition of their sameness and difference, in the ability to seek meaning in their digressions from everyday familiarity. This exhibition is not about strictly historical objects or everyday objects, material specificity or labored craft. It is not about the history of "the thing," but rather about the ability for these objects to look into the future and serve as a reflection of self. In their multiplicity, augmentation, or fragmentation, these works act as a mirror, allowing the viewer to recognize themselves and their collective future potentials in disparate and unfamiliar parts and pieces.

Co-curators: Courtney Kemp (OCAC faculty) and Lyndsay Rice (Alberta College of Art and Design faculty)

Dates of Exhibition: May 23-August 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 5:00-8:00pm

Public Open Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am - 9:30pm
Friday: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Centrum Gallery
Matter of Course is an exhibition showcasing the work of current OCAC students, representing the art made in one of six metals courses. Carefully chosen, it characterizes challenging, innovative, thematic, well-executed pieces from beginning to advanced level classes. Jewelry, sculpture, sculptural wearable art and functional objects such as teapots and spoons in a broad range of materials are represented in this diversely original exhibition of student work.

Curated by Christine Clark, Professor and Metals Department Head, OCAC

Dates of Exhibition: May 23-June 22, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 5:00-8:00pm
Special SNAG Party on the Hill Reception: Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 8:00-10:00pm

Public Open Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am - 9:30pm
Friday: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Participating Artists:
Ashley Anderson
Rachel Barker
Geoffrey Bowton
Gwyneth Bushman
Joey Rose Cardoso
Julie Cron
Danielle Gannett
Winona Hwang
Thea Kinner
Amanda Linn
Hannah Terjeson
Cheyenne Zinker


Click, Boing, Snap: Spring-Based Mechanisms for Jewelers and Metalsmiths
Date: Monday-Tuesday, May 21-22, 2018 | 9:00am-4:00pm (two-day workshop)
Instructor: Nash Quinn
Fee: $265 per person
Level: Beginner to Advanced

Springs can be used in small-scale metalwork to add movement and drama, as well as ensure secure and satisfying catches, clasps, and connections.  However, since springs generally cannot withstand the heat of soldering, they can often present considerable design and fabrication challenges. In this workshop, participants will learn the different varieties of springs and their corresponding functions. Demonstrations and simple projects will give students hands-on experience with commercially-produced springs, as well as making custom handmade springs. Soldering tips and tricks and strategies for using cold connections to incorporate springs will also be introduced, including utilizing telescopic hexagonal tubing, threaded connections, and more. 

Minimum Number of attendees: 6
Maximum Number of attendees: 15