AJF Announces Changes for 2011 Emerging Artist Award


MARCH 13, 2011
Contact: Gail Hufjay
New York


Mill Valley, CA, March 15, 2011—The Art Jewelry Form (AJF) has made some changes this year to eligibility criteria and timing of the Emerging Artist Award (EAA) program. This is the twelfth year that AJF will be providing a cash award to a contemporary jewelry artist. The amount of the award will remain $5,000.

The purpose of the award is to acknowledge promise, innovation and individuality in the work of an emerging jewelry artist and to help to advance the artist’s career. The competition is open to makers of wearable art jewelry who:

  • have completed their academic/professional training.
  • have been out of school for one year or more with date of graduation at least one year from date of application submission for the EAA.
  • work submitted must have been unsupervised; work from BFA or MFA shows may not be submitted.

Beginning with this year’s award, artists who have had a solo exhibit in a gallery or museum may also apply.

Jurors for the 2011 competition are: Perry A. Price, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton MA; Marion Fulk, long-standing member of AJF and a collector of contemporary jewelry; and Agnes Larsson, jewelry artist and recipient of the AJF’s 2010 Award. 

Deadline for submission has changed to September 30, 2011. More information about the award may be found on the AJF website,  Applications may be submitted beginning in May at

The Art Jewelry Forum, founded in 1997, is a non-profit organization with the mission to advocate for the field of contemporary art jewelry by promoting education, appreciation and support for contemporary art jewelry. The EAA award was established in 1999 and its first recipient, Yeon-Mi Keong, received the award at the 2000 Conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

The winner of this year’s competition and the $5,000 cash award will be announced at SOFA New York (International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art), April 2012 where the artist’s work will be exhibited at one of the AJF member galleries. The artist’s work will also be featured in an AJF ad.


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