AJF is pleased to announce that 2011 grant award funds will be used to support production of a catalog for the exhibition Geography, curated by Susan Cummins and Mike Holmes, to be shown in conjunction with the 40th Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) conference in Seattle, Washington, May 26-29, 2011. The exhibition will include approximately 60 works from AJF member galleries.
As art jewelry has developed over the past few decades it has become more international, leading to the blurring of obvious national identities in jewelry practice. But place still matters. The work featured in the Geography exhibition reflects on the global nature of the contemporary jewelry field and the different ways jewelers react to their environment, i.e. through the use of indigenous materials. The personal resonance of these materials reflects how powerful a sense of place remains. The exhibition is a celebration of the amazing variety of the natural world and humanity’s part in it and proves art jewelry continues to have the ability to represent culture and place in a rapidly changing and increasingly interconnected world.
The goal of the AJF exhibition grant award is to encourage and promote activities consistent with the mission of the Art Jewelry Forum and promote art jewelry to the broader community such as exhibitions, publications and critical writing. Applicants for the award must be tax-exempt in the United States. The focus of the application must be on art jewelry and exhibitions must be held within the United States.
AJF will be funding no additional exhibition grants in 2011; an announcement will be made early next year to solicit applications for the 2012 award.