Following last month's announcement that AJF received a $50,000 grant towards the publishing of a book on Contemporary Jewelry we are again delighted to announce that the Rotasa Foundation has also granted $25,000 towards this project. Five international writers - Kevin Murray, Monica Gaspar, Benjamin Lignel, Namita Wiggers and Damian Skinner - have agreed to participate in writing texts for the book. Damian, who is the editor of AJF, will also be the editor of the book. We will keep you posted on the progress of the book as it happens but we plan to bring all these writers together at the SNAG conference in Seattle in May 2011. If you attend the conference you will have a chance to meet them for yourself.
SOFA Chicago is taking place on 5 - 7 November this year. As a member of AJF you are entitled to a VIP pass which grants you access to opening night, a complimentary catalog, every day attendance and admission to the VIP Lounge. Sign up at www.sofaexpo.com/ajfvip/
. You will also find special side events listed at www.sofaexpo.com/salon/
and lectures of all sorts at www.sofaexpo.com/chicago/2010/lectures.htm
. On Friday at 2 pm in room 327, Susan Kempin and I will give a talk entitled 'And Viewers Like You', which will explore the role of the collector, curator and writer to the object and maker and the way that AJF promotes viewing, buying, wearing and displaying contemporary jewelry. Susan and I will also be stationed at a booth for AJF in the part of the fair reserved for non-profits. Please stop by and say hello. We will have a special treat for you if you do.
Agnes Larsson the AJF Emerging Artists winner will be at SOFA for a brief talk following our lecture on Friday. Her work will be displayed at Ornamentum Gallery on the floor of the show.
On Sunday the Friends of Fiber Arts is organizing a trip to the Racine Museum of Art and all AJF members are invited to go as well. The museum is featuring the exhibition of Bruce Metcalf's work called The Miniature World of Bruce Metcalf
and if you haven't seen the show yet this is your last chance. Please contact Karen Ziemba at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more specifics and to sign up for the trip. There may be a limit to the number of participants so be in touch now.
I hope to see some of you in Chicago.