2001: Mark Rooker

In this second year of the award program, Mark Rooker was the winner out of an overall field of 39 entries. ‘His brooches focus on social issues that affect us all: our obsessions about body image, sex, wealth and guns,’ noted Mia McEldowney, independent curator and CERF trustee, who chaired the judging panel this year. …

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2000 SOFA Speaker

In 2000, Giovanni Corvaja traveled from his studio in Padua, Italy, to exhibit his work at SOFA NY and give a lecture. This lecture was sponsored by AJF. Giovanni Corvaja is an internationally recognized studio goldsmith. He describes himself as ‘extremely passionate about the magic and unrealized possibilities of gold.’ True to his passion, his …

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2000: Yeonmi Kang

Yeonmi Kang of Urbana, Illinois, United States, won this first ever award which was announced at the annual conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ‘Our goal was to acknowledge promise, innovation and individuality,’ said Gail M Brown, independent curator and AJF member who was instrumental in bringing the idea …

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AJF 1999 Jewelry Exhibition Award

In 1999, AJF contributed $1000 to the American Craft Museum for the exhibition Brooching it Diplomatically: A Tribute to Madeleine K Albright. In conjunction with this grant, AJF co-sponsored a tribute to Madeleine Albright at the American Craft Museum. Information about this event can be found in the Fall 1999 AJF newsletter.

1998 SOFA Speakers

In 1998, AJF and AJF gallery member Joanne Cooper of Mobilia Gallery invited five artists  – Arline Fisch, Ron Ho, Joyce Scott, Rachelle Thiewes and Joe Wood – to give lectures at SOFA Chicago. These lectures were sponsored by AJF. Information about this event was published in the Fall 1998 AJF newsletter.

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