AJF Award 2013

Award  /  01 Jul 2013  -  31 Jul 2013
Published: 05.04.2013
AJF Award 2013.
Mill Valley
Susan Kempin
DEADLINE: 30/06/2013
Noon Passama. Necklace: Twisted Chain, 2012. Platinum. Noon Passama
Necklace: Twisted Chain, 2012
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The purpose of the Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award for an Emerging Artist is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in the work of emerging jewelers and to advance the career of a promising artist.
Since 2000, AJF has been offering the Emerging Artist Award, which recognizes promise, innovation and individuality in the work of an emerging jeweler. AJF aims to advocate for contemporary art jewelry through education, appreciation and support for the field. The EAA is one of the primary ways in which AJF directly supports and promotes contemporary art jewelry (and those who make it) and the award acknowledges that the transition from study/training to professional practice is a sometimes difficult one.

The EAA is awarded to makers of contemporary art jewelry who have completed their academic/professional training and are making new work as part of their post-training career. As well as receiving US $7,500, the winner of the EAA will have their work shown at SOFA NY or COLLECT in London with an AJF member gallery and will give a short talk as part of the lecture series. Their work will also be featured in an AJF advertisement.

Currently, the EAA is open for applications on a yearly basis. The winner is selected by a jury comprised of professionals and collectors from the contemporary art jewelry field, including the previous winner of the EAA.

Art Jewelry Form (AJF) is accepting applications for the 2013 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award for an emerging jewelry artist. This is the 14th year the organization is awarding a cash prize to a contemporary artist. The amount of the 2013 award is $7500. The purpose of the Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award for an emerging jeweler is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in a jeweler’s work and to help advance her career.

Jurors selecting this year’s prizewinner are: 2012 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award winner Noon Passama; Lindsay Pollack, Editor in Chief of Art in America and a collector of art jewelry; and Ruudt Peters, illustrious vanguard jeweler and professor at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence, Italy.

The Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award competition is open to makers of wearable art jewelry who have completed their academic or professional training at least one year but not more than six years prior to the submission date of the AJF Award application. Applicants must not have had a solo exhibition at a commercial gallery or a museum or have one scheduled. All artwork submitted must have been unsupervised; work from BFA or MFA shows may NOT be submitted.


Award Schedule
April 1, 2013 Applications may be submitted at
June 30, 2013 Deadline for application entry.
September 2013 The winner of this year’s competition and $7500 cash award is announced.

Amount of Award
An unrestricted cash award of $7500 will be given each year.
The winner is expected to travel to attend the award presentation.
The winner will be given a one-year “Arts Professional” membership to AJF.

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.

The jury will consist of three persons. Two jurors must be AJF members and one will be from outside the United States. To achieve balance and diversity of viewpoint/opinion, jurors could include:

1 curator or educator
1 artist (previous year’s winner, unless unable to serve)
1 collector

Jury review will take place in July/August 2013. Work will be judged on originality, depth of concept, continuity of design, and quality of craftsmanship.

There will be three rounds of review; those scoring highest in the first round of individual juror review will be moved to the second round for group jury review.

In the second round, five (5) artists will be shortlisted. The shortlisted artists will be notified by telephone and email. The names of the shortlisted artists and an image of their work will be posted on the AJF website two weeks prior to announcing the winner.

In the third round, the winning artist will be selected from the group of five shortlisted artists. The winning artist will be notified immediately 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 September 2013.

Post-award Promotion
The winning artist will be profiled on the AJF website under Grants > Artist Award Recipients. He or she also will be promoted to the AJF membership and the media via press release.

The winning artist will deliver a brief presentation at a major art fair, where their work will be prominently featured by an AJF member gallery. A written copy of the presentation will be available on the AJF website under Grants>Artist Award Recipients.

One year after the award, the artist will be interviewed to discuss the impact of the award on their career. The interview will be posted on the AJF website.

The winner will participate as a jury member for the following year’s award.


Emerging Artists Award Recipients:

2012: Noon Passama
2011: Farrah Al-Dujaili
2010: Agnes Larsson
2009: Sharon Massey
2008: Masumi Kataoka
2007: Andrea Janosik
2006: Natalya Pinchuk
2005: Sergey Jivetin
2004: Amie Louise Plante 

Art Jewelry Forum is a nonprofit organization spreading awareness, encouraging appreciation, and expanding insight of art jewelry worldwide since 1997. It is a curious, informed, and diverse community passionately advocating for art jewelry through an ambitious agenda of education, conversation, and support. The Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award was established in 1999. Its first recipient, Yeon-Mi Keong, received the award at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference in 2000.


Gail Hufjay