Save the Date – Symposium 2014
Your favorite Symposium is going on tour!
This year the 19th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium is going to be held on Saturday, October 18th at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington.
We’re excited to announce an amped-up lineup of SIX speakers this year! Our confirmed presenters are curator Suzanne Ramljak, historian Stephen Fliegel, metalsmith Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, artist Jennifer Trask, blacksmith Tom Joyce and jeweler Todd Pownell.
Of the many reasons for us to gather in Tacoma this year, one of the best is to witness the unveiling of the exhibition Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, which opens on the day of the Symposium. Our speaker Suzanne Ramljak, also known as the editor of Metalsmith magazine, curated the show and will be at the Tacoma Art Museum to celebrate the opening with initiator, Carissa Hussong, of the Metal Museum in Memphis.
We’ve chosen the beautiful backdrop of the History Museum to hold the Symposium, thanks to its easy walking distance to TAM. And if you are keen on making the most of the trip, our Symposium date coincides with the annual Tacoma Arts Month which is going to feature Metal-Urge, a celebration of metal arts, so there will be lots to see and do all through October.
For the grand finale, our close-of-day speakers’ reception will also double as the opening celebration for the Protective Ornament exhibition. That way, once the curtains go down on the Symposium, we can all come together and see the Protective Ornament exhibition.
In all we’re looking forward to a mighty metal production! We’ve even negotiated cheap parking at $5 instead of $10 for the whole day, and public transit from Seattle is also available. There’s the Sound Transit bus service on Saturday/Sunday or the weekday Sounder Train service if you’re coming down then. Plus both museums are within easy walking distance of a Tacoma Link light rail station. But with so much going on, we’re letting you know extra-early in case you might like to consider making a weekend of it?
See you in Tacoma!