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Sooyeon Kim, brooch, 2013 AJFAA winner

Ok ... Fall is here, so the culture machine is cranking up again. And of course, AJF isn't one to be left out of the action, so please check out all the activities we have planned for you this month.


First, I have an important announcement. As a member of AJF, you have helped to support the AJF Artist Award. The jury of Ruudt Peters, Lindsay Pollock, and Noon Passama convened a couple of weeks ago and chose a short list of finalists, and now ... the winner. The AJF Artist Award for an Emerging Artist goes to Sooyeon Kim. Congratulations! Sooyeon is from Seoul, South Korea, where she attended the Sookmyung Women's University. She earned a masters degree from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. Sooyeon has been in a number of group shows since her graduation in 2010, including the AJF exhibit Geography. As the AJF Artist Award winner, she will receive a check for $7500 to use as she wishes. For the full story, see our Press Release. Sooyeon seems to be off to a great start in her career, and we hope to see more from her in the future. Thank you for making this possible.

AJF sponsored book!


Don't forget that the book Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective has been published. You can order it for a $50 donation from our bookstore or though the special member's link we sent you with a discounted price. Take a look at the line up for our September Speakers Tour in Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. This series of conversations around America has been planned to play off the themes developed in the book and to encourage a dialogue with all of you. If you want to engage in the conversation about contemporary jewelry, please join Damian Skinner or Elyse Zorn Karlin at one of the locations listed below. And did I suggest you buy the book? The speakers will be signing them at each stop on the tour ... they are destined to become collectors' items.




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EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU: September AJF Speakers Tour Stops


Washington, DC

Friday, September 20, 2013

12:00pm--Free to the public       

Damian Skinner, Speaker

Renwick Gallery Grand Salon

Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW


Friday, September 20, 2013

6:00-8:00pm--Free to the public 

Damian Skinner, Book Signing

Jewelers'Werk Gallery, 3319 Cady's Alley NW


Philadelphia, PA

Monday, September 23, 2013

2:30 pm--Free to the public

Damian Skinner, Speaker

University of the Arts, C.B.S. Auditorium, Dorrance Hamilton Hall

320 South Broad Street


New York, NY

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tickets are $10 

6:00pm Damian Skinner, Speaker

Pratt Institute, Alumni Reading Room, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

7:00pm Reception & book signing, Design Center Gallery


Boston, MA

Sunday, September 29, 2013

3:30-4:45pm--Free with museum admission, but space is limited. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to ezilber@mfa.org.

Damian Skinner, Speaker, The Daphne Farago Lecture on Jewelry 

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Riley Seminar Room. 465 Huntington Avenue


New York, NY

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

7:00--8:30pm--Tickets are $27

Elyse Zorn Karlin, Speaker

92nd Street Y, Lexington and 92nd Street




And the winner is ... Sooyeon Kim


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On the AJF trip to Amsterdam, we will be seeing jewelry from the collection of Paul Derrez (Galerie Ra) and Willem Hoogstede at the CODA museum in Apledoorn, Netherlands. 


This exhibit, Dare to Wear, runs from September 15, 2013 to January 30, 2014. 


A symposium accompanying the exhibit will take place on October 6 from 1:30- 5:00pm, featuring Marjan Unger, Jorunn Veiteberg, Paul Derrez, William Hoogstede, and Carin Reinder.

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In 2012, Dutch cultural entrepreneur Machtelt Schelling opened Ubi, a gallery for contemporary jewelry and ceramics. It is the first gallery of this kind in Beijing and one of the very few in China. The mainland is notoriously difficult to penetrate for Western small-to-midsize entrepreneurs and does not have a contemporary scene to speak of. Its expanding upper- and middle-classes tend to favor jewelry of the "bling" persuasion, far removed from the qualities that define contemporary jewelry. The nature of Machtelt's project, in short, could not be described as a walk in the park. 
Our Asian correspondent, Anja Eichler, reports from Beijing.




A rising editorial star with a market-oriented but multilayered interest in art, Art in America's Editor in Chief Lindsay Pollock has been busy with AJF concerns for the past weeks. Having barely finished sitting on the artist award jury, she has kindly agreed to take your questions, and talks to us about art, jewelry, and looking for new audiences.


Our next guest interviewee will be Dr. Madeleine Albright, the 64th Secretary of State of the United States, a formidable collector of jewelry, and a rather unique advocate of the strategic and provocative use of pins.



This month, we feature the following galleries on the AJF website:
Simon Cottell
September 18-October 11, 2013
Ubi Gallery
Top Young 2013
August 16-28, 2013
Gallery Loupe
Attai Chen
September 7-October 5, 2013
Putti Art Gallery
Contemporary Italian Jewellery

September 26-October 13, 2013
Gallery Lulo
Parallel Constellations:
Raissa Bump and Amy Tavern
 September 14-October 5, 2013
Shibumi Gallery
Karen Gilbert, Jewelry
SkLo, Objects and Lighting

September 7-October 27, 2013


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On the home page of our website, there is a changing list of the interesting, strange, and wonderful ways that contemporary jewelry is hitting the headlines. Find out what has been attracting our curiosity at AJF Recommends...