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July 15-17, 2022 ~ Pueblo, Colorado

 Current Registration Fees for the three-day conference are as follows:

CoMA Member - $350 

CoMA Student Member - $100 

Student Group Rate (5+) - $75 each (code required) 

Non-Member - $400

In addition, day passes will be available, on the day, for Saturday and Sunday @ $150 each.

For more details and to register - see below!

Pueblo Convention Center,
320 Central Main St, Pueblo, CO 81003, USA




Tanya Crane

Tanya Crane is a Professor of the Practice in Metals at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts in Boston and a professional jeweler and metalsmith. She has taught workshops on enameling at prestigious craft institutions and in academic settings for the past 20 years while maintaining a rigorous studio practice in Providence, Rhode Island. Crane’s work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the National Ornamental Metal Museum and the Stewart Program for Modern Design in Montreal, Canada. Crane has an MFA in Metals and Jewelry from UW Madison and a BFA in Metal from SUNY New Paltz. 

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Kim Cridler

Trained as a metalsmith, Kim was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, earned an MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and studied at Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting. Kim has applied her use of steel, structure and ornament in large-scale public art projects and commissions, as well as maintaining a studio practice. She recently installed work for the MTA Arts-For-Transit program in Mamaroneck NY and at the newly opened Londoner Hotel in Macau China. Her work was featured in a retrospective at the Metal Museum in 2022.


Her professional experiences include teaching, curatorial work and arts administration. An assistant curator at Mesa Contemporary Arts in Mesa, AZ, Kim went on to act as program coordinator for the John Michael Kohler Art Center’s Arts/Industry Artist-In-Residence program. She most recently served as a tenured faculty in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after having taught at University of Michigan, San Diego State University, Arizona State University, and the Penland School of Crafts, and has participated in national and regional public art panels, state arts fellowship panels, and national residency review panels. She has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Metalsmith magazine, and has contributed essays and exhibition reviews for national publications.


Kirk Lang

Kirk Lang is a Seattle based Studio Artist. He holds a MFA from the University of Washington in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Jewelry & Metals. His work can be seen in such publications as MJSA Journal, 500 Metal Vessels, 500 Necklaces, 1000 Rings and Metalsmith Magazine. He was selected for a solo exhibition at the Metals Museum in 2014 and for inclusion in the 2016 Biennial at the Bellevue Arts Museum. He has received several awards including an Artist Trust Fellowship, Artist Trust GAP Grant and an Individual Project Grant from 4Culture. Most recently, he received a Saul Bell Design Award for his jewelry in both 2019 and 2020. Recurring themes in his work include time, space and mythology, in the form of wearable and interactive sculptural objects.

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Harry & Nicole Hansen

Forged of a partnership between two artists who have metal smithing in their blood, “Sterling and Steel” sculptural housewares are both contemporary and timeless, bringing the beauty and uniqueness of handwork to 21st Century life. There is nothing new in using heat and hammers to transform hard metal into a material soft and pliable as silk, before carefully allowing it to cool and assume its final shape. But in the right hands, the results are stunning, inviting, tangible, lasting.
In an era when most flatware and other goods are produced by machine, objects made with the creativity and skill of human hands are rare, precious. Machine-made objects are mere “things,” too easily disposed of, resources thoughtlessly wasted. Hand-made objects have a connection to the heart. They invite a relationship that, like the metal we forge, grows stronger over a lifetime and beyond.


With the support of donations from members, CoMA is able to offer a limited number of scholarships to the conference every year. For 2022 we have 8 scholarships available for Emerging Metalsmiths to attend the 2022 SILVER JUBILEE: 25 YEARS OF MOVING METAL FREE of charge. 

2022 Marlin Cohrs Emerging Metalsmith Scholarship




In keeping with CoMA's mission, we want to support and foster the professional, educational, and artistic growth of all metalsmiths! The intention of the following definition is to include aspiring metalsmiths of all ages and following a diversity of paths to metalsmithing. Applicants should have the goal of developing a metalsmithing career. If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Kim Harrell,


Emerging Metalsmith is defined as follows:


  • graduated from a full-time or part-time educational program (college, university, technical college, community college, non-traditional school) and/or any other degree, certificate or non-certificate granting program within the last 3 years.


  • enrolled full-time or part-time (2 or more classes) in any educational program (college, university, technical college, community college, non-traditional school) and/or any other degree, certificate or non-certificate granting program. 


  • having less than 3 years of professional experience as a metalsmith.

If you have received a CoMA scholarship anytime in the past, you are no longer eligible to apply.

Applications are open to all qualified persons regardless of member status.

As of June 26, all scholarships have been awarded. 

Emerging Metalsmith Scholarship recipients will be selected by the current CoMA Conference Committee and notified upon acceptance.


The city of Pueblo, Colorado is one of the largest producers of steel in the United States. It was historically known as Fort Pueblo. Located approximately 1 hour & 20 minutes from downtown Denver and 1 hours & 45 minutes from the Denver International Airport.



  • Courtyard Pueblo Downtown for $139 +taxes per night (LIMITED ROOMS AVAILABLE AT THIS RATE - offer expires June 17, 2022). Special rate link is printed on your ticket.




There is parking at the convention center, as well as other lots and street parking nearby.


Sunny & hot! Temps average in the mid to high 90's in July.  Pueblo is 4,692 ft above sea level so bring your sunscreen and stay hydrated!


CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: Pueblo offers a variety of local cultural venues, historical sites, and activities such as: Pueblo Heritage Museum, El Pueblo History Museum, Rosemount Museum, Colorado Mental-Health Institute at Pueblo Museum, Pueblo Zoo, Historic Arkansas River Walk, and more. Check out the Pueblo Visit Us website for more information:


COLORADO SPRINGS AIRPORT: 7770 Milton E Proby Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80916


EXIT 98B from I-25 (north and southbound)

Continue on E City Center Drive to destination 


Marissa Saneholtz

Marissa Saneholtz makes narrative based jewelry and objects using humor and sarcasm. She is co-founder of the Smitten Forum, an annual traveling residency program, and currently teaches at Bowling Green State University. Saneholtz’s work has been published in several books including Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin and Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox by Mark Fenn. Her work can be found in the collections of the Racine Art Museum, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, and the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, CA.  @saneholtzm


10 AM - Attendee check-in opens
           - Vendor Room opens
           - Silent auction intake


1 PM - Welcome


1:15 to 2:45 PM - Keynote Presentation:
                     Harry & Nicole Hansen

2:45 - 3:15 PM -  Break

3:15 - 4:00 PM - All Members Meeting


4 - 4:30 - Member Spotlight - Pamela                Webb

4:30 PM End of Day Announcements

[Dinner on your own]

7 PM - Jewelry Night Trivia with MC             Andy Cooperman & Drinks! (cash             bar) @ Blo Back Gallery


9 AM - Vendor Room opens: 
          - Coffee & Pastries available

​          - Late check-in table opens

10:00 AM - Silent Auction opens in
                   Vendor Room


10:15 AM - Morning Announcements &

10:20 - 11:50 AM - Keynote Presentation:
                             Marissa Saneholtz


12 - 12:30 PM - Member Spotlight -

                        Joshia Trujillo

12:45 - 2:00 PM - Lunch provided @ 
                           Convention Center

2 - 3:30 PM - Keynote Presentation:
                    Kirk Lang

3:45 - 4:15 PM - Andy Cooperman    

                         demonstration - Flex

                         Shaft tips & tricks


4:15 PM - Pre-Dinner Drinks & Pin Swap
              - End of day announcements
              - Silent Auction ends at 5pm


6 - 9 PM - All Members Show Reception 
              - Food Trucks on site @ The                 Front Room Gallery


9 AM - Coffee & Pastries in Vendor Room
         - Vendor Room open
         - Silent Auction pick-up opens


10:30 AM -12 PM - Keynote Presentation:
                              Tanya Crane

12:15 - 12:45 PM - Michael Boyd -

12:45 - 2 PM - Lunch provided @   

                      Convention Center

2 - 3:30 PM - Keynote Presentation:
                    Kim Cridler

3:15 - 3:45 PM - Member Spotlight -

                         Cheryl Swartz

4 - 5 PM - Master Panel with all 5       
                Keynote Presenters

5 PM - Closing Remarks

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