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AJF has an annual grant for exhibitions. Every year we get a number of applications and the jury is asked to find the applicant whose project resonates best with our mission to advocate for art jewelry and create opportunities to build knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the field. This year we are giving out $7500.


The 2012 jury consisted of Perry Price, curator from the Fuller Museum who received the grant in 2010, Toni Greenbaum, independent curator and author of Messengers of Modernism: American Studio Jewelry 1940-1960 and me.


Randy Long

After thoroughly reading through each application we rated them on a number of criteria and came up with a winner. This year's AJF Exhibition Grant goes to Shift: Contemporary Makers That Define, Expand and Contradict The Field of Art Jewelry, curated by Randy Long and Nicole Jacquard from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Perry Price says, 'The exhibition presents a compelling and exhaustive look at the important players and moments of the contemporary studio jewelry movement. The criteria for selecting the artists and the voice of the exhibition should not only reach those already familiar with the field, but introduce material to audiences unfamiliar with art jewelry to date.' And for Toni Greenbaum, this proposal 'provided the most compelling, evolved and exciting concept, along with the infrastructure to produce a winning show.'

Somerset House, Wendy Ramshaw Room of Dreams


I want to personally thank all those institutions which submitted proposals and wish them all the very best of luck. In October 2013, we will look forward to reviewing Shift and bringing you more in-depth coverage of this exciting project.


I also want to thank Elizabeth Goring and Helen Carnac for arranging a wonderful event in London during Collect last month, which included a guided tour of Wendy Ramshaw's exhibition Room of Dreams, followed by dinner at a London restaurant. Thanks goes to Louise Taylor as well for leading an inspired tour. We hope to arrange more activities abroad in the future.


By the way I'm just finishing Liesbeth den Besten's book On Jewellery, which I think is a must-read for all of you who want an excellent overview of this field. You can find this book, along with others that AJF has reviewed, in our Bookstore. Have fun. It is a treat.


Also, in case you haven't noticed, we have a number of interviews with very interesting artists, collectors, curators and gallerists spread throughout the AJF website. Some are on the blog, some are under Articles - Interviews and some are under Collecting - Collector Profiles. One that many people have enjoyed is Gabriel Craig's interview with Iris Eichenberg. Check it out.


Onward into the summer . . . or the winter if you are in the south!


Susan Cummins

Chair, AJF
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Gallery Loupe


In each newsletter we introduce you to one of the galleries that has joined AJF to support and promote contemporary jewelry. This month's AJF Questionnaire has been answered by Eileen David of Gallery Loupe, Montclair, New Jersey, United States.


Where did your gallery name come from and what does it mean? 

When it came to naming the gallery, we were drawn to the image of a 'loupe' - a magnifying lens through which otherwise unseen details become apparent. We see the loupe as a wonderful metaphor for the world of contemporary art jewelry - a world where perceptions are altered and the unexpected is revealed the longer and deeper you look through it. Read more.


This month we feature the following galleries on the AJF website (click photos for more info). 


Renee Bevan BroochLisette Colijin Francis Willemstijn   Manon van Kouswijk Maris Sustins


The National: Renee Bevan, New Work

Galerie Louise Smit: Lisette Colijn, (Take a) Look at me

Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h: Natural/Artificial, curated by Luzia Vogt 

Shibumi Gallery: Brigid O'Hanrahan, Geologica

Klimt02 Gallery: Under That Cloud

Putti Art Gallery: Māris Ṧustiņs, Sphere



Raimo Nieminen Joyaviva Matthew McIntyre Wilson  Christine Graf Jemposium


 Delphine Joly Brooch Rachelle Thiewes Necklace Mary Lee Hu Choker Jeweler'sWerk Iris Bodemer 


 CVH Ulrich Reithoffer Bernard Stimpfl-Abele  Barbara Stutman Yasuki Hiramatsu  



Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery

April 20 - August 26, 2012

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia


Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta 

June 5 - September 23, 2012

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY 


Craft Spoken Here 

May 5 - August 12, 2012

Philadelphia Museum of Art


Transit: Jewelry from Israel

June 15 - August 12, 2012

Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Germany


Knitted, Knotted, Twisted & Twined: The Jewelry of Mary Lee Hu

February 7 - June 17, 2012

Bellevue Arts Museum


Jewels, Gems, and Treasures: Ancient to Modern

July 19, 2011 - July 1, 2014

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Out on a Limb: Contemporary Wood Jewelry

February 26 - June 17, 2012

Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin


un peu de terre sur la peau : Bijoux contemporains en ceramique

March 15 - August 19, 2012

Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France


From Picasso to Jeff Koons. Artist's Jewellery

May 16 - September 2, 2012

Benaki Museum, Athens


June 23 - November 23, 2012
Espace Solidor. Cagnes sur Mer, France

May 11 - September 23, 2012
Museum fuer Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland

On the home page of our new website we have a changing list of the interesting, strange and wonderful ways that contemporary jewelry is hitting the headlines. Why not find out what has been attracting our curiosity at AJF Recommends.