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The Emerging Artist award was first given out in 2000 as part of the Art Jewelry Forum’s commitment to encouraging younger artists to pursue careers in this field. Since its inception, AJF is delighted to have been able to increase the financial award several times to its current $5000 level. In addition, starting in 2003, AJF has been able to offer the winner an opportunity to show his or her work at SOFA Chicago thanks to the generosity of participating AJF gallery members. Exposure such as this provides these artists with an excellent forum to get their work in front of an enormous audience.

Applications for the 2008 Emerging Artist Award should be made at callforentry.org beginning on April 15, 2008.

Purpose of 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:

  • have completed their academic/professional training,
  • have been out of school for one year or more, and
  • have not had a solo artist exhibition in a commercial gallery or museum.

Submitted work must have been unsupervised if from an academic setting.

This Year’s Jury

Jurors for the 2008 competition are: Cindi Strauss, curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Ron Porter, long-standing member of AJF and a collector of contemporary jewelry; and Andrea Janosik, jewelry artist and recipient of our 2007 Award.

Deadline for submission: July 20, 2008.

Applications must be submitted at www.callforentry.org

The winner of this year’s competition and $5000 cash award will be announced at SOFA Chicago (International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art), November 7-9, 2008, where the artist’s work will be exhibited at one of the AFJ member galleries.

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