Purpose of Award
The purpose of the Emerging Artist Award (EAA) is to acknowledge promise, innovation and individuality in the work of emerging jewelers and to advance the career of a promising artist.
Amount of Award
An unrestricted cash award of $7500 will be given each year.
- The winner is expected to travel to SOFA New York or to COLLECT in London to attend the award presentation.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Maker of wearable art jewelry.
- Must have completed academic/professional training and be out of school with date of graduation at least one year from date of submission of the EAA application; self-taught artists may apply.
- Work submitted must have been unsupervised; work from BFA/MFA shows may NOT be submitted.
- Artists who have received honorable mentions in past years may apply if they remain eligible.
Application Requirements and Instructions
- Current resume (one page).
- Artist statement relating to the work submitted, approximately 200 words.
- A maximum of ten digital images showing six to seven pieces of work.
- One of the images must show a piece being worn.
- One of the images must show the back of a piece.
- Each image must include full caption information:
- 1. Name of artist
- 2. Title of piece
- 3. Year produced
- 4. Materials
- 5. Dimensions
Applications must be received by midnight September 30th. The following must be included in the application:
- If had solo exhibition in commercial gallery or museum (Y/N)
- Date completed professional training ([BA, MFA or self-taught] (Mo/Yr graduated)
- Represented by gallery (Y/N); if yes, name of gallery
- How learned of this competition (e.g. instructor, posting at school, curator, gallerist, SNAG News, magazine [specify], collector, former award winner)
Images (except for those of back of piece and the piece being worn) must be high-resolution (300 dpi or higher TIFF file) and immediately available to AJF for use in print media.
The jury will consist of three persons, two of whom must be members of AJF and could include the following to achieve balance and diversity of viewpoint/opinion:
- 1 curator
- 1 artist (previous year’s winner, unless unable to serve)
- 1 collector
Jury review will take place in October/November. Work will be judged on originality, depth of concept, continuity of design and quality of craftsmanship.
There will be two rounds of review; those scoring highest in the first round of individual review by each juror will be moved to the second round for group jury review.
Jurors may request an optional, third-round review of interviews with applicants.
The winning artist will be immediately notified by telephone and email.
All applicants will be informed by email after the winning artist is notified.
The winning entry will be announced in the AJF newsletter and on the AJF website in December.
The winning artist will be invited to deliver a brief presentation at SOFA New York or COLLECT in London, where their work will be featured prominently by an AJF member gallery.