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2001 SOFA Speaker

In 2001, Nancy Worden gave a lecture at SOFA Chicago. This lecture was sponsored by AJF. Art lovers often ask artists, ‘Where do your images come from?’ At SOFA Chicago, Nancy Worden, wearing a vintage dress given to her by her grandmother, treated her audience to a chronology of her creative influences and creative output.Worden

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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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