San Antonio, Texas, US—Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is pleased to announce the 2022 Young Artist Award (YAA) competition, the 20th cycle of this prestigious award.
The biennial AJF Young Artist Award acknowledges promise, innovation, and individuality, and advances the careers of rising artists. Ambitious contemporary jewelry artists age 35 and under are invited to apply for this international prize in contemporary art jewelry, which includes US$7,500 for the winner, as well as an exhibition during Schmuck, in March 2022, for the winner and four finalists. The benefits of winning ripple out beyond the financial, however; past recipients have described the prize as boosting their energy and motivation, and the sense of encouragement and support from the field enhanced their confidence. The award has advanced their careers by virtue of increased exposure, networking connections, and exhibition opportunities.
AJF’s award and grant program is made possible by individuals who believe funding art creation is an important way to show their appreciation for the arts. The Young Artist Award competition is generously supported by collectors Karen and Michael Rotenberg, whose collection focuses on the innovative use of alternative materials by emerging talent and mid-career artists. We are deeply grateful for their commitment to fund three cycles of the YAA competition, the 2022 competition being the second of the three. We are also very excited to announce that as a result of their leadership and generosity, each of the four finalists will receive a US$1,000 award this year.
The AJF Young Artist Award is offered through AJF’s award and grant program and celebrates innovation in jewelry by a young artist. Through the AJF Young Artist Award, AJF hopes to recognize new and exciting work that will direct the future development of art jewelry.
The 2022 YAA jury and guidelines will be announced in the coming weeks. The application period will be from November 1, 2021, through January 9, 2022.
Art Jewelry Forum is a nonprofit organization spreading awareness and increasing appreciation of art jewelry worldwide since 1997. AJF advocates for international contemporary art jewelry through an ambitious agenda of education, conversation, and financial support. It commissions critical writing that sets the standard for excellence in the field and publishes artjewelryforum.org, an online resource for original content on art jewelry.