San Francisco, California, USA: Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is pleased to announce Bifei Cao the winner of the 2018 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award.
Cao was chosen as this year’s Artist Award recipient from more than 100 international applicants. He will receive a cash award of US$7,500 and have his work exhibited alongside the four finalists at Platina gallery in the Frame area surrounding the annual exhibition, Schmuck, held in the International Trade Fair Hall in Munich, Germany.
AJF’s Artist Award acknowledges promise, innovation, and individuality, advancing the careers of rising artists. The competition was open to makers of wearable art age 35 and under and not currently enrolled in a professional training program. Judging was based on originality, depth of concept, and quality of craftsmanship. This year's jurors were Swedish collector Inger Wästberg, Australian curator Su san Cohn, and American artist Lynn Batchelder, the winner of the 2016 Artist Award.
Cao describes his work, the Vase Series, as a continual investigation he completed after earning his PhD in Australia. Referenced from traditional objects that are used daily in China, such as a jar and vase in classic Chinese pottery, each work deploys a dissolving and reshaping position to reflect on the temporality of our cultural situation.
--Su san Cohn
Find out more about Bifei Cao by reading his interview on AJF, in both English and Chinese.
Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is a nonprofit organization spreading awareness and increasing appreciation of art jewelry worldwide since 1997. Its diverse community of artists, collectors, critics, educators, galleries, historians, makers, and writers is united by a passion for art jewelry. AJF advocates for 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 www.artjewelryforum.org, an Internet resource for original content on art jewelry.