Yuyen Chang, a MFA graduate from the University of Wisconsin, won this year’s EAA of $2000.
'The work of artist Yuyen Chang was of consistent high quality and finesse combined with a fresh approach to art jewelry. In the best of traditions, the pieces are strongly sculptural but eminently wearable. The surfaces were handled beautifully and not overworked,' noted Mia McEldowney, independent curator and CERF trustee, who led fellow judges Nancy Worden, jewelry artist, teacher and collector; and independent curator Jo Lauria, former decorative arts curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
This year’s field of 50 applicant was a record. This was also the second year in a row that AJF has boosted the amount of the award to the current $2000.