The September newsletter finds AJF covering jewelry events far and wide. Professor Norman Cherry, Dean of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom reports on the 30th Legnica Silver festival in Poland. Art writer Ellen Berkovitch explores the sensual pull of John Iversen's intricate new work recently on view at Patina Gallery in Santa Fe. How would you celebrate a 70th birthday? For Karen Lorene, owner of Seattle's Facere Gallery, the answer was to commission 70 artists to commemorate each of those years with a separate piece of jewelry. Jennifer Cross-Gans reviews the exhibition catalog of this show, Celebrating 70: 70 Years by 70 Artists. And finally we continue with AJF's survey of 2010 jewelry graduates from schools around the world. Don't miss it.
A LETTER FROM THE AJF BOARD CHAIR
We have some big news. Art Jewelry Forum received a $50,000 grant towards the publication of a book about contemporary jewelry. It was our first attempt at getting a grant and we are thrilled to not only get the money but also the vote of confidence from the most generous foundation in the field of craft. We will have more specifics about the book as it develops but I can tell you at this point that there will be contributions from writers of international reputations.
If that wasn't enough, brace yourselves for the next bit of earth shattering news . . . Susan Kempin and I will be at SOFA Chicago tending a nonprofit booth space and also delivering a talk about AJF during the lecture period. We are hoping to make it interesting! Agnes Larrson, who won the Emerging Artist Award this year, will also present her work with Ornamentum gallery and give a short introduction about her work during the scheduled talks. The VIP passes for you, as members of AJF, will be coming shortly in a special email. We would love to see you there.
Just one last thing - if you haven't looked at the School's Out series featuring work of recent graduates you have really missed out on some images of jewelry worth seeing. You'll find the details in this newsletter, and also on the AJF blog.
Enjoy the rest of the summer.
|JUST PUBLISHED ON OUR WEBSITE
by Norman Cherry
I suppose it's normal to write a piece such as this at the time it's all
happening but due to pressure of work in the 'Day Job', a simultaneous
house removal and preparations for a Far East business trip, I find
myself composing this a week or two after the Legnica Silver Festival
has concluded... Click
to read more
by Ellen Berkovitch
Fluvial erosion is a process that happens in a river bed where there is
motion - sediment accreting - and then a hydraulic action as the water
drags across the surface of the bed and scrapes or erodes it. Click
to read more
by Jennifer Cross Gans
Celebrating 70: 70 Years by 70 Artists, published by Lorene
Publications and Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, is a charming little book
of hours, only 6 1/2 inches square. Click
to read more
|LINKS TO OUR MANY NEW BLOG POSTSAJF is very pleased to bring you the fourth in a series of posts showcasing the work of graduate contemporary jewelry students from leading schools around the world.
SCHOOL'S OUT IV
Academy of Art in San Francisco. The metal arts/jewelry program in the school of sculpture and
jewelry design provides a unique and supportive environment in which
students can develop skill, concept, effective practice, and successful
Click to read more.
SCHOOL'S OUT V
The Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design's Jewelry and
Metal Design course aims to provide an intellectual and creative
stimulus which encourages debate concerning aspects of perception and
aesthetics within contemporary jewelry and product design.
Click to read more.SCHOOL'S OUT VI
Although it may seem that there are no boundaries in the department
at Cranbrook, there is a clear context: work that comments on and
addresses the body - its conventions, traditions and social behavior
Click to read more.SCHOOL'S OUT VII
The Jewelry/Metal Arts Program at California College of the Arts
encourages personal expression through the creation of jewelry,
functional objects, and sculpture. Click to read more.
SCHOOL'S OUT VIII
SCHOOL'S OUT IX
The Jewelry and Metals program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
offers a BA, BFA, MA and MFA. Students are encouraged to explore a
variety of processes and materials, creating objects that challenge
functional and non-functional issues relevant to our culture.Click
to read more.
Central Washington University is located in the (very) rural high desert of central Washington State. The university awards BA, BFA and MFA degrees in visual art.
Undergraduate BFA students sample a range of media and cross-media areas
but have the option to choose to focus on a specific media area if they
Click to read more