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International Prize in Art Jewelry to Accept Applications in July


San Antonio, Texas, USA—Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is pleased to announce the 2020 Young Artist Award (formerly the AJF Artist Award) guidelines and jurors. Applications will be accepted starting July 22, 2019.

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 2020 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 has 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 for contemporary art jewelry is an important way to strengthen public awareness of this vibrant art form. This year we are excited to announce that the next three cycles of the Young Artist Award competition will be generously supported by collectors Karen and Michael Rotenberg, whose collection focuses on emerging talent and mid-career artists and on the innovative use of alternative materials.

This year’s jury includes these distinguished professionals in the field:

2018 Young Artist Award winner, Chinese artist Bifei Cao | Norwegian collector Jorunn Veiteberg | American curator Barbara Paris Gifford

2020 AJF Artist Award Jurors
From left to right: Jurors Artist Bifei Cao (China), Collector Jorunn Veiteberg (Norway), Curator Barbara Paris Gifford (United States)

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 deadline to apply is January 12, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., Mountain Time Zone (Denver, Colorado, USA). More information and complete guidelines can be found here.


About AJF

Art Jewelry Forum is a nonprofit organization spreading awareness and increasing appreciation of art jewelry worldwide since 1997. 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, an online resource for original content on art jewelry.



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