AJF Announces Increase in Award FOR 2012 Emerging Jewelry Artist Award


Mill Valley, CA, June 21, 2012—The Art Jewelry Form (AJF) has increased the amount of the cash award to be given this year to the winner of the Emerging Artist Award (EAA) competition. This is the thirteenth year that AJF will be providing a cash award to a contemporary jewelry artist. The amount of the 2012 award has been increased to $7500 from $5000 in 2011.

The jurors for this year are Farrah Al-Dujaili, the 2011 EAA winner, Kelly Hays L’Ecuyer, the Ellyn McColgan Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Marjan Unger, a Dutch collector, curator and writer on jewelry.

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 a date of graduation at least one year but not more than six years prior to the date of submission of the EAA application;
  • work submitted must have been unsupervised; work from BFA or MFA shows may NOT be submitted.

Deadline for submission is September 30, 2012. More information about the award may be found on the AJF website: Applications may be submitted beginning June 21, 2012 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 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 $7500 cash award will be announced during SOFA New York (International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Fair), which is being held April 12-15, 2013. The artist’s work will be exhibited at one of AJF’s member galleries taking part in the fair.


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