In May 2007, Sally von Bargen interviewed Jo Lauria, a long time AJF member and previous board member. She is the chief curator for the touring exhibition Craft in America: Expanding Traditions and co-author of the companion book Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects. Cover, Jo Lauria and Steve Fenton (ed), […]
NEWS RELEASE July 23, 2009 Contact: Susan Kempin firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-459-0866 The Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is pleased to announce this year’s Emerging Artist Award winner, Sharon Massey. Ms Massey was chosen from among ninety-one entries, a record number, from the United States, Canada, China, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, The Netherlands, Italy and Israel.
In 2009, Elisabeth Agro gave a lecture at SOFA NY titled Incubation: Philadelphia’s Emergent Metalsmiths. This lecture was sponsored by AJF. Agro also took part in a special AJF breakfast event called Curator Discussion: Collecting Studio Jewelry. In her lecture, Agro took a risky position by naming six young jewelers who she thought showed potential – three
No one tells a story quite like Robin Kranitzky and Kim Overstreet. Each narrative is skillfully presented with just enough visual information to engage and please the ‘reader.’ Ultimately each work satisfies on its own merits, but always leaves the observer wanting just one more story from this talented duo, who seem to have an inexhaustible number of literary delights swimming in their collective heads, ready to become the next jewel.
Nancy Worden, Literal Defense, 2007, photo: Rex Rystedt How appropriate that a farm near Quilcene, Washington, now houses the Olympic Music Festival. It is on that farm that Nancy Worden lived her formative years. With a paper-bag lunch and instructions to ‘Go play! See you at dinner!’ Nancy was free to explore. She’s been exploring
Susan Cummins: How would you define your collection? Did you start out to fulfill that definition? If not what did you originally think you were doing? Helen Williams Drutt English: The MFAH: Helen Williams Drutt Collection documents a segment in the history of our field. It was not my intention to build a collection; it
By Way of Introduction In 2008, I received a grant from Creative New Zealand, the government arts funding agency, to travel to Europe and give some lectures about New Zealand contemporary jewelry. I’m a trained art historian who started writing about jewelry a couple of years ago and quite quickly I became aware of my
Blah, Blah, Blah. Do you ever tire of words? It seems that we are inundated with them from the time we wake until we finally escape them in sleep. What to do short of exile? Relax, take a deep breath, and use your eyes for seeing, not reading! As children, we saw with wonder before we read with understanding. Let’s recapture that wonder and open a ‘picture book’.