The Bench
Southwest Makers Symposium

Santa Fe, New Mexico
July 26-28, 2019

Early Bird Registration: $100 (through 3/31/19)
Early Bird Registration with enamel pin: $125
Student Registration:




Marissa Saneholtz and Sara Brown, co-founders of the Smitten Forum residency project, collaborate with form & concept gallery on this dynamic symposium and group exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Unfolding on the final weekend of July 2019, the event series will unite over 70 makers who have participated in Smitten Forum, along with an international creative community that surrounds them.

The Bench: Southwest Makers Symposium features lectures, demonstrations, and workshops by prominent names in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. Six Years Smitten, a cumulative exhibition at form & concept that opens in conjunction with The Bench, spotlights new work by past participants of Smitten Forum. In celebration of this momentous weekend, Sandy Parr has designed an enamel pin that is available with registration (click here to register with added pin purchase) or as a separate purchase (click here to purchase a pin without registering).

Image (top right): Enamel pin design by Sandy Parr, available for $25.

The Schedule

Thursday, July 25: Pre-Symposium workshops.

Friday, July 26: Opening remarks for The Bench, and Six Years Smitten opening reception.

Saturday, July 27: Opening day of The Bench symposium, with keynote speaker and maker demonstrations. Six Years Smitten artist talks.

Sunday, July 28: The Bench continues, with maker demonstrations and closing remarks. VIP closing celebration at form & concept.

Monday, July 29 & Tuesday, July 30: Post-Symposium workshops for The Bench. 

The Artists

Presenting Artists for The Bench

Don Friedlich, Masako Onodera, Rachel Shimpock, Anika Smulovitz, Kristin Beeler, Jack da Silva, Ben Dory, Robert Ebendorf, Rebekah Frank, Nicole Jacquard

Workshop Instructors

Kristina Smith, Nicole Jacquard, Bryan Petersen, Heidi Lowe

Artists for Six Years Smitten Exhibition

Michael Dale Bernard, Nisa Blackmon, Sara Brown, Jim Charles, Kat Cole, Bob Ebendorf, Christopher A. Hentz, Mi-Sook Hur, Nicole Jacquard, Andrew Kuebeck, Zachery Lechtenberg, Barbara McFadyen, Barbara Minor, Mary Hallam Pearse, Marissa Saneholtz, Marlene True, Laura Wood, Autumn Brown, Liz Clark, Ben Dory, Shingo Furukawa, Arthur Hash, Anya Kivarkis, Galatea Kontos, Tim Lazure, Tara Locklear, Kathryn Osgood, April Wood, Ken Bova, Motoko Furuhashi, Deb Karash, Sharon Massey, Masako Onodera, Kerianne Quick, Jane Ritchie, Demitra Thomloudis, Ellen Wieske, Martha Banyas, Andy Cooperman, Nicole DesChamps-Benke, Maria Eife, Jeff Georgantes, Julia Heineccius, Yevgeniya Kaganovich, Heidi Lowe, Beverly Penn, Rachel Shimpock, Katja Toporski, Leia Zumbro, Melissa Cameron, Cappy Counard, Tanya Crane, Rebekah Frank, Don Friedlich, Laritza Garcia, Leslie LePere, Hannah Oatman, Sarah Perkins, Bryan Petersen, Anika Smulovitz, Kristin Beeler, Marilyn da Silva, Jack da Silva, Abigail Heuss, Tova Lund, Dawn Nakanishi, Heather Nuber, Kris Patzlaff, Jan Smith, Kristina Smith, Rachelle Thiewes, Myung Urso

The Workshops

Registration for The Bench workshops will open in the near future. In the meantime, we are offering priority reservations to Early Bird registrants. View the schedule below, and email us to save your spot in a workshop. We’ll send you a confirmation email, and notify you first when registration opens. Priority reservations depend on availability, so let us know as soon as possible!

Pre-Symposium Workshops

From RAW to Refined — Documenting 2D and 3D artwork with a DSLR.
Instructor: Kristina Smith
Dates: Thursday, July 25 – Friday, July 26
Click here to make a reservation.

Voodoo Dolls — Create an interactive doll using conductive threads & fabrics.
Instructor: Nicole Jacquard
Dates: Friday, July 26
Click here to make a reservation.

Post-Symposium Workshops

Sustainable Belt Buckles — From recycled materials & found objects.
Bryan Petersen
Dates: Monday, July 29 – Tuesday, July 30
Click here to make a reservation.

Business Coaching for Makers — One-on-one consultations.
Instructor: Heidi Lowe
Dates: Monday, July 29 – Tuesday, July 30
Click here to make a reservation.

The Experience

Register now and you will receive a forthcoming registration packet including:

  • Access to all lectures and demonstrations for The Bench symposium (July 26-28). Pre and Post-Symposium Workshops require separate registration.
  • A finalized schedule for The Bench and Six Years Smitten.
  • An official The Bench travel guide for Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Access to discounts for The Bench partner hotels in Santa Fe (see below).
  • Email updates on The Bench and Six Years Smitten.

The Bench has partnered with Hotel Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sage Inn to offer special rates for symposium participants. If you’re on a budget, consider making a reservation at Motel 6 Santa Fe Plaza- Downtown. All three hotels are within walking distance of form & concept gallery and other venues for The Bench and Six Years Smitten. Look below for details on securing special rates at Hotel Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sage Inn. Hotel discounts depend on availability, so book early!

  • Hotel Santa Fe: Make your reservation by phone, and mention ‘Six Years Smitten’ to receive a special rate.
  • Santa Fe Sage Inn: Make your reservation by phone, and mention ‘Zane Bennett Contemporary Art’ to receive a special rate.
  • Motel 6 Santa Fe Plaza- Downtown: There are no special rates available, but this option is great if you’re on a budget!

The Fine Print

This page represents a general overview of The Bench: Southwest Makers Symposium and Six Years Smitten, and is subject to change. Additional details are forthcoming, including specific locations for The Bench events. Registration includes access to all lectures and demonstrations, but pre and post-symposium workshops require separate registration (see “Workshops” section above). Six Years Smitten and related events will take place at form & concept gallery, 435 S. Guadalupe St., in the Santa Fe Railyard. Registration fee does not cover travel expenses such as airfare, lodging, or meals. Hotel discounts depend on availability, so book early!