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Adriane Dalton Selected as Interim Editor for Metalsmith Magazine

Eugene, OR, January 29, 2019 --( The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) has announced that its current Editor, Emily Zilber, is departing the organization and that Adriane Dalton will fill the position on an interim basis. Zilber’s last day will be January 31, 2019 and she will work closely with Dalton in the transition.

Zilber joined SNAG at the end of 2017 and oversaw the debut of a totally new editorial voice for Metalsmith Magazine while also introducing a companion publication, Metalsmith Tech. In addition, she oversaw publication of the 2018 Jewelry and Metals Survey (JaMS), SNAG’s annual photo review of jewelry and metals in contemporary art, architecture, craft, and design.

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to lead SNAG’s publications through these important transitions over the past year,” said Zilber. “While I remain committed to the continued success of SNAG and all of its efforts to support the jewelry and metals community I’ve decided to take my career in a different direction, starting a new position in February.”

“SNAG has been incredibly fortunate to have had Emily on staff as our Editor over this past crucial year for our organization and community,” said SNAG Executive Director Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith. “The response to the magazine’s new voice, the launch of Metalsmith Tech, and the publication of JaMS, has been overwhelmingly positive, and we largely have Emily to thank for that.”

Dalton, who will take over editorial duties on February 1, 2019, is a writer, artist, curator, and educator based in Richmond, Virginia. She currently serves as Teen Programs Coordinator for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and teaches at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and ART 180. She is a regular contributor to Art Jewelry Forum, where she interviews contemporary jewelry artists, curators, collectors, and gallerists.

“As sorry as we are to lose Emily, we’re very excited to have a writer, curator, and artist of Adriane’s caliber step in as Interim Editor,” said Rukenbrod Smith.

“As a metalsmith, art instructor, and arts writer, I’ve been a member of SNAG for over a decade,” said Dalton. “SNAG is incredibly important to our community, as are Metalsmith Magazine and Metalsmith Tech, and I’m excited about the opportunity to contribute during this time of transition.”

Metalsmith Magazine is a leading and respected source for jewelry and metalworking inspiration, insight, and information. It reaches 20,000 art, jewelry and metalsmithing leaders throughout North America, including every member of SNAG. Metalsmith Tech focuses on techniques, processes, educational philosophies, professional development, and new technologies in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing.

SNAG consists of more than 2,300 members and advances jewelry and metalsmithing by inspiring creativity, encouraging education, and fostering community. It is the primary organization of jewelers and metal artists in North America and members include independent studio artists, teachers, students, gallerists, collectors, curators, and writers. Please contact Dalton regarding Metalsmith Magazine or with story ideas at SNAG is online at

PO Box 1355
Eugene, OR 97440 USA
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