Art Jewelry Forum Contest Seeks 2012 Emerging Artist

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Necklace by Farrah Al-Dujaili, the 2011 Emerging Artist winner

Mill Valley, CA—This year’s winner of The Art Jewelry Form (AJF)’s Emerging Artist Award will receive $7,500, up from $5,000 in 2011. Even better news: there’s still time to enter the 2012 contest.

Now in its 13th year, the Emerging Artist Award is to “acknowledge promise, innovation and individuality in the work of an emerging jewelry artist and to help advance the artist’s career.”

In addition to receiving the $7,500 cash award, the winning artist’s work will also be exhibited at one of AJF’s member galleries during SOFA New York (International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Fair), held April 12 to 15, 2013.

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 with date of graduation at least one year from date of application submission for the Emerging Artist Award;

●work submitted must have been unsupervised; work from BFA or MFA shows may not be submitted.

Submissions must be received by Sept. 30. For more information and additional guidelines regarding the contest, check the AJF website. Applications may be submitted at

Jurors for this year’s award are:  Farrah Al-Dujaili, the 2011 Emerging Artist winner;  Kelly L’Ecuyer, the Ellyn McColgan Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and,  Marjan Unger, a Dutch collector, curator and  jewelry writer.

About AJF

Founded in 1997, The Art Jewelry Forum is a non-profit organization with the mission to advocate for the field of contemporary art jewelry by promoting education, appreciation and support for contemporary art jewelry. The award was established in 1999 and its first recipient, Yeon-Mi Keong, received the award at the 2000 Conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

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