Mill Valley, CA, July 1, 2014—Art Jewelry Form (AJF) is accepting applications for its 2014 Artist Award for an Emerging Jewelry Artist. This is the fifteenth year that AJF will be providing a cash award to a contemporary jewelry artist. The amount of the 2014 award will remain at $7500 this year thanks to the generous support of Susan Kempin and Susan Beech, both long-time collectors and supporters of AJF.

Jurors for this year’s competition are Sooyeon Kim, jewelry artist and winner of the 2013 award, Carin Reinders, Director of the CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands, and Karen Rotenberg, founder Alianza Contemporary Crafts and a collector of contemporary jewelry.

Sooyeon Kim
Sooyeon Kim, jewelry artist and winner of the 2013 award

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 are not currently enrolled in an academic or other professional training program. Work submitted in the application must have been unsupervised, and not previously submitted for a BFA or MFA show. What has changed this year is:

  • Applicants must be 35 years of age or younger at the time of the application deadline (September 30, 2014)
  • Work must have been made between 2012 and 2014
  • Applicants who have applied previously must submit new work, i.e. work submitted in a prior AJF Artist Award application may not be resubmitted in the current application
  • Applicants may have had, or be scheduled to have, a solo exhibition

Deadline for submission is September 30, 2014.

More information about the award and the application guidelines may be found on AJF’s website.

Applications may be submitted beginning July 1, 2014 at

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 will be chosen from among five finalists. The announcement of the winner will be made on the website in November. The artist’s work will be exhibited at one of AJF’s member galleries taking part in a jewelry fair in the US or Europe in 2015.

Contact: Gail Hufjay 914-282-9844 New York, NY USA


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