AJF supports artists through a generous award and grant program.

In support of their willingness to make outside the box jewelry, Art Jewelry Forum provides resources to artists who have chosen this alternative art practice. We offer two generous awards and grants, made possible by our membership, to aid jewelry artists in their research and practice: the AJF Young Artist Award and the Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant. 

These programs provide recognition for artists at different stages in their lives along with substantial financial support to help them achieve their creative goals. The AJF Young Artist Award comes with an unrestricted cash prize of $7,500. The Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant provides $20,000 toward the completion of a significant jewelry-related project.

The awards are offered on alternate years, the AJF Young Artist Award on even-numbered years, and the Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant on odd-numbered years.

Apply and be discovered.

The 2022 YAA jury and guidelines will be announced in the coming weeks. The application period will be from November 1, 2021, through January 9, 2022. 

Iris Eichenberg, winner of the 2021 Susan Beech Mid-Career Grant, photo: Erik Perry
MJ Tyson, winner of the 2020 Young Artist Award, Dust to Dust, detail, 2018, reconstituted jewelry, velvet, board, 230 x 130 x 30 mm, photo: artist
Cristina Filipe, winner of the 2017 Susan Beech Mid-Career Grant, Contemporary Jewelry in Portugal book cover
Bifei Cao, winner of the 2018 Young Artist Award, photo courtesy of the artist
APPLY - Grants and Awards through AJF
APPLY - Grants and Awards through AJF
Cristina Filipe, winner of the 2017 Susan Beech Mid-Career Grant, Contemporary Jewelry in Portugal book cover
APPLY - Grants and Awards through AJF