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June 2022, Part 1
Art Jewelry Forum is pleased to share the news that members of our community find noteworthy. Is something missing? The success of this compilation of compelling events, news, and items of interest to the jewelry community depends on YOUR participation. If you’re a member of AJF at the Silver level or above, you can add news and ideas to this bi-monthly report by going here. If you aren’t a member, but would like to become one, join AJF here.
Listings gathered with assistance from Carrie Yodanis.
AJF LIVE + MAD: RON PORTER AND JOE PRICE: JUNE 29, 2022
Join us for a special PRIDE edition of “In the MAD Loupe”! Our guests, who are partners in life and in collecting, will discuss their studio and contemporary jewelry collection, some of which will be acquired for MAD’s permanent collection. Drawn to works with compelling stories, design, and craftsmanship, Porter and Price have created a collection informed by their life experiences, including as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Their contemporary craft collection began with a focus on ceramic sculpture related to the human figure. This led to a natural interest in narrative studio jewelry. For the last 15 year, they have primarily focused on expanding their collection of studio and contemporary jewelry. Free. Register here.
FEEL LIKE SEEING A JEWELRY SHOW?
Find these listings and many, many more on our dedicated exhibition page:
- Atelier Munsteiner Four-Day Show, at de novo, June 15–18, 2022
- Transforming the Prototype, at BJC through July 2, 2022
- Yutaka Minegishi/Lucky Swine, at Gallery Loupe through July 5, 2022
- Jonathan Boyd: Emergent Dialogues of the Topophilic Line, at Galerie Marzee through June 15, 2022
- Peace and Protection: Julia Walter, at Platina Stockholm through June 18, 2022
- Navegar é Preciso: Bettina Speckner, at Galeria Tereza Seabra through July 2, 2022
- Tatjana Giorgadse’s solo exhibition at Galerie Door
ANNOUNCING THE 30TH INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY COMPETITION “TOUCH” WINNERS!
The award ceremony of the Legnica Jewellery Festival Silver is behind us. The first prize, the Grand Prix of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, was awarded to Andrzej Szadkowski, a recognized Polish goldsmith whose work with the meaningful title Painful Touch of Time refers to the war in Ukraine. The second prize went to Rudolf M. Sheffold, from Germany, whose brooch entitled Spring impressed the jury with its precision and perfect design. The third award—the Prize of the President of the City of Legnica—went to Agnieszka Działo-Jabłońska for the brooch Touch-Painted Love Colours. The Gallery of Art Award went to Peter Machata, from Slovakia, for his work made of Plexiglas, while the Silver Spur—the Organizers’ special award for creative courage and uncompromising attitude, innovation, or sense of humor—went to Zhipeng Wang, who presented in Legnica a set of rings made of tea and coffee. The honored artists also received a very special award, referring to the tradition of the region: a silver granulate funded by KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. – Polish Copper Mining Company. In addition to prizes awarded by the jury, the artists were also honored with extra-statutory prizes from sponsors and partners of the Festival: Yes Gallery, from Poznań; MyDayByDay Gallery, from Rome; Inhorgenta International Fair, from Munich; International Amber Association, from Gdańsk; Polish Association of Goldsmiths; Lost in Jewellery magazine; and the Hopea and Usługi Odlewnicze (Foundry Services) companies.
SEE THE TRANSFORMING THE PROTOTYPE EXHIBITION
Participating artists received a wax version of a vintage ring, then transformed it through additive or subtractive processes, as wax or after casting. The resulting work demonstrates the infinite possibilities of lost wax casting while making connections between fine jewelry and conceptual jewelry. At Baltimore Jewelry Center through July 1, 2022.
IN PARIS MID-MONTH? DON’T MISS ELSA VANIER’S LATEST EXHIBITION
De l’Infrarouge á l’Outremer (From Infrared to Ultramarine) features colorful works made with high-fire enamel, anodization, oxidation, or organic matter. (Vanier’s gallery is now nomadic. See the show June 14–18, 2022, at Galerie Chéret, 11 Rue Mayet, 75007 Paris.)
DESIGN WORKSHOP FOCUSED ON RECYCLED MATERIALS
Archivio Negroni is holding a jewelry design workshop called Circular in Name and in Fact, June 8 and 12, 2022. It’s an introduction to jewelry design that focuses on using recycled materials, overcoming the logic of simple assembly. Get info.
LOUISA GUINNESS GALLERY SHIFTS TO ONLINE-ONLY
“I will be more nimble and able to do lots of different things. I will be steering the gallery in a new direction, working from home,” says Guinness. She plans continue to focus on secondary market, particularly Calder and Lalanne, but is also interested in supporting the younger generation of upcoming designers and goldsmiths.
MEN EMERGE AS THE NEW JEWELRY TASTEMAKERS
Historically, men wore the jewels, but Renaissance women asserted themselves. Since then, men’s jewelry has seen highs and lows in popularity. Today, fueled by gender fluidity, freedom of expression, and anti-establishment sentiment, more men are wearing bling, especially for high-profile occasions. Phillips auction house shares key moments in the story of men’s jewels. Thanks to Ron Porter for sending this in!
ATTEND “GOLDSMITH, SILVERSMITH, ART SMITH,” A LECTURE ABOUT … YOU GUESSED IT, ART SMITH
A Black, gay man in mid-twentieth century America, Smith ran a bustling studio shop in New York City’s Greenwich Village for 30 years. Historian Toni Greenbaum shares the story of his life and jewels and their lasting impact. Sponsored by GemX, and guest hosted by jewelry designer Jameel Mohammed, of Khiry. June 8, 2022, 12:00PM EST, online. Register here.
JOYCE J. SCOTT AWARDED AN HONORARY DOCTORATE OF HUMANE LETTERS
Johns Hopkins University recognized Scott’s significant contributions to the visual arts, from beadwork to performance to sculpture, as well as her visionary commitment to art as a conduit for honoring history and for conveying profoundly resonant commentary on cultural stereotypes, systemic racism, and healing. Congratulations! To honor Scott, Mobilia Gallery has organized a traveling exhibition of the artist’s most recent work. It will start in January 2023.
OBITUARY: FLORA BOOK
The respected jewelry artist passed away on April 7, 2022. Book learned to make jewelry in the 1980s, at the University of Washington, under Professor Mary Lee Hu. Book wanted to pursue it further, but she and her husband spent half of the year in Seattle and half in the UK. To continue making jewelry, she had to find a way to work in a tiny English flat, and a way of working that could travel between both countries. Her solution: she began stringing short lengths of sterling tube on nylon fishing line to create her signature garment-like work. Book could travel light and make jewelry wherever she landed: a brilliant solution. Flora’s work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Smithsonian, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Flora Book’s website.
CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS GRAD SHOWS 2022
All disciplines will show graduation work at the same time/same place for the first time. Meet the artists, designers, and innovators of the future as they spring into the world. Previews take place June 14–15, 2022, and require reservations. The show is up June 16–22 without reservations.
NEW HIRES ANNOUNCED IN THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS MUNICH’S JEWELRY DEPARTMENT
Nadine Kuffner has joined the team as artistic assistant. Jasmin Matzakow, who did a great job for the class over the last five and a half years, has started her new job as assistant to the Akademie’s president, Karen Pontoppidan. This created another position, so David Clarke has been brought on as Guest Professor.
JEWELRY JOURNEY INTERVIEWS NAN SUMMERFIELD
The Senior VP of California Operations of Doyle Auction House discusses what a jewelry wardrobe is and how to create one. Why have brand recognition and signed jewelry become so important in the last 20 years? How have antique shows changed? Why has it become more difficult to find quality jewelry at shows? Find out by listening to the podcast.
THE LOCATION SERVICES EXHIBITION PRESENTS PERSPECTIVES ON PLACE
The crafting of jewelry and objects is a means to profoundly support and express identity. Motoko Furuhashi, Kerianne Quick, and Demitra Thomloudis observe site, place, and origin within historical and contemporary contexts of craft and the inseparable bond place has to individuality, society, and culture. At the Craft in America Center, June 25–September 10, 2022. Info.
NEW BIENNIAL STARTS THIS WEEK: ORIZZONTE D’AUTORE, MAY 7–JULY 24, 2022
Conceived by Thereza Pedrosa, the biennial will include a group exhibition, a Giampaolo Babetto retrospective, a lifetime achievement award, book presentations, an artist’s talk by Giovanni Corvaja, a guided tour by Eliana Negroni, and several conferences. At the Civic Museum of Asolo, in Italy. Info on Instagram; museum website.
ASSOCIATION FOR CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY 2022 CONFERENCE
Conference themes for Beyond Silver: 25 Years of the ACJ include Jewellery as a Social Connector; Jewellery: Meanings and Messages; Democratising the Field?; Jewellery as Art; and New Voices. At Exeter University, England, July 1–3, 2022.
SCHMUCK: JULY 6–10, 2022
The one, the only: jewelry week in Munich. Helen Britton’s selections for Schmuck 2021 will be on view, including work by Mallory Weston, who won AJF’s Young Artist Award in 2022. At the Internationale Handwerksmesse.
MUNICH JEWELLERY WEEK
The annual Munich Jewellery Week showcases innovative contemporary jewelry by both established and up-and-coming designers from around the world. July 4–10, 2022.
GOLDSMITHS’ FAIR CELEBRATES 40 YEARS IN EXISTENCE
From wire work to 3D printing, traditional goldsmithing to intricate engraving, the 136 exhibitors from the UK combine ancient techniques with modern-day technologies. At Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, September 27–October 9, 2022. Info.
BUDAPEST JEWELRY WEEK: SEPTEMBER 12–18, 2022
ROMANIAN JEWELRY WEEK: OCTOBER 6–9, 2022
Applications are now open to designers in Romania and worldwide—emerging as well as established artists. Deadline: June 17, 2022. Learn more.
ISRAEL BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY: NOVEMBER 10–14, 2022
Hosted by the Geological Museum, in Ramat Hasharon. AJF is an official sponsor. Info.
OPEN POSITION FOR THREE-YEAR TEACHING FELLOWSHIP AT BJC
Deadline extended: June 15, 2022. The BJC is offering one three-year teaching fellowship; start date August 2022. In addition to gaining teaching experience, the selected fellow will develop pedagogical skills, build leadership experience, and play an influential part of a vibrant community. Applicants should have an MFA in metals and/or jewelry, or a BFA in metals and/or jewelry with work experience. Some prior teaching experience is highly preferred. Info.
JOB OPENING: SENIOR TUTOR (RESEARCH) JEWELLERY & METAL
This is a full time position at the School of Arts & Humanities at the Royal College of Art at Battersea. Application deadline: June 26, 2022. Info.
ARTIST RESIDENCY AT CRAFT ALLIANCE, ST LOUIS, MO, USA
Artists share a private studio and have access to Craft Alliance’s six main studio areas; receive a monthly materials stipend and professional development reimbursement fund; tuition waivers for workshops per session; teaching and other professional development opportunities; and a culminating group exhibition in Craft Alliance Staenberg Gallery. Application deadline: July 1, 2022. Info.
OPEN CALL FOR ENJOIA’T CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY AWARD
The prize rewards technical quality, originality, conceptual richness, and transgression in jewelry. Deadline: June 5, 2022. Information.
ARROWMONT VISIONS INTERNSHIP, GATLINBURG, TN, USA
To help shape the future of a more diverse and equitable arts and craft administrative field in central Appalachia, this internship opportunity provides arts administration experience to those who want a career within their own Appalachian communities. Arrowmont welcomes BIPOC applicants currently residing in, or from one of the qualifying central Appalachian counties to apply. Support includes: $6,000 stipend for a ten-week internship, housing on Arrowmont’s campus, meals, travel reimbursement, and financial support for professional development opportunities. Fall application due July 1, 2022. Spring applications open August 1, 2022. Info.
BJC SEEKS EXHIBITION PROPOSALS
The Baltimore Jewelry Center is currently seeking exhibition proposals for its 2023/2024 gallery schedule. Proposals are not limited to jewelry and might include thematic exhibitions or exhibitions showcasing an artist or group of artists. They want exhibitions that explore the gallery setting in an unexpected way, seek to place jewelry and craft within a larger context and expand connections in our community at large. The goal is to demonstrate unique curatorial viewpoints, expose their audience to fresh and emerging makers and ideas, and present art jewelry and metalsmithing in a broader art context. They’re especially excited to see proposals that create a diverse and inclusive gallery space in order to elevate underrepresented voices. Deadline: July 8, 2022. Info. Email with any questions.
CALL FOR EXHIBITION: JEWELRY AND LITERATURE
Tincal lab asks: Jewelry and literature—how do these two worlds meet? Jewelers are invited to look to the vast and rich world of literature for inspiration: a favorite author, a remarkable book, an unforgettable character, a support or writing instrument that you consider indispensable. Application deadline: June 30, 2022. Info.
OPEN CALL: ISRAEL BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY
Open to anyone: professional, studying, emerging artists working in the field of jewelry, all countries and nationalities. Theme: Colorful Recovery. “After a long period of uncertainty, insecurity, fear, and sometimes even despair, one begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s time to add color and joy to our lives.” Application deadline: June 23, 2022. Info.