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The Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is pleased to announce grants have been awarded this year to Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington and Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio.  Renate Raymond and Lena Vigna, curator of exhibitions, respectively, submitted the winning proposals.

Each will receive a $2500 cash award. The total award of $5000 is a substantial increase and more than double the amount awarded last year. 

The Bellevue award will support the exhibition Lisa Gralnick: The Gold Standard, which explores Ms Gralnick’s interest in gold and the profound way it exists in our culture. The project underscores some of the highly conceptual work being done in contemporary art jewelry. The exhibit will open March 23, 2010.

The award to Miami University Art Museum will support the exhibition Adornment and Excess: Jewelry in the 21st Century. Work by nineteen contemporary jewelers will draw attention to how we consume materials and objects historically, visually and metaphorically. The exhibition will open January 21, 2010 and run through July 10. 

The goal of the AJF grant award is to encourage and promote activities consistent with the mission of the Art Jewelry Forum and promote art jewelry to the broader community; activities include but are not limited to publications and critical writing, exhibitions and conferences.  Applicants for the award must be tax-exempt in the United States. The focus of the application must be on contemporary art jewelry and exhibitions must be held within the United States. 

Members of the grant review committee for the 2008 award were: Ulysses Grant Dietz, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum; Jill Baker Gower, assistant professor in the metals/jewelry department, Rowan University and recipient of the 2008 grant award; Rita Newman, long-standing member of AJF; and Susan Kempin, this year’s award program chair.

December 1, 2009
Contact: Susan Kempin

Bruce Pepich in Conversation
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