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Like many of you this time of year, I attended a commencement ceremony. California College of the Arts president Steve Beal spoke about something common to all art schools--the critique. He talked in a very expansive way about criticism when he said:

Open critique with Steven Beal, Lawerence Rinder, and Jessica Silverman, photo: CCA


More than just passing judgment on someone's work or analyzing what you're looking at, the critique is a collective experience--a shared reading, if you will.


He also quoted Michel Foucault: 


Criticism is absolutely essential to transformation ... the work of deep transformation can only be carried out in a free atmosphere, one constantly agitated by a permanent criticism.


Those words resonated with what I feel is at the core of the values of AJF. It was nice to have them discussed at a commencement as something that will serve the students in many ways in their lives after school.


Our factoid for June--Over the past 12 months, the number of visitors to the AJF website has increased by more than 40 percent. Whoa!




Susan Cummins

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Please find a list of all our donors on our website, and let me introduce our newest supporters: Allyson Bone, Thomas Cohn with Galerie Thomas Cohn, Lisa Kramer, Jacqueline Lillie, Alexia Markarian, Debra Rosen, and Mallory Weston.


These new supporters became part of the AJF community in the past month. Thank you to each and every one of you.



We are still digesting all the sights and sounds from the AJF trip to New York City. The days were filled with amazingly impressive displays, thoughtful and inspired shows, tempting fairs, and old and new friends. It was a delectable spread. I want to particularly thank Donna Schneier and Jane Adlin, curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for arranging to host all the AJF members at the exclusive opening of Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection and the exhibition walkthrough the following morning. Witnessing a contemporary jewelry collection enter the halls of the Met was a momentous occasion for all of us to celebrate. The other extraordinary show, called Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photographyopened the following night at the Museum of Arts and Design. It was curated by Ursula Ilse-Neuman and was a rare attempt to place jewelry in a cultural context outside of our jewelry bubble. A thank you also goes to MAD and Ursula for hosting the AJF members for the panel discussion and for the opening. And finally, one more thank you goes to the Collective 2 Design Fair for issuing VIP passes to us. And I almost forgot to mention that we had 44 people--a really mixed crowd at a get together for dinner at Bottino in Chelsea one night.


We were well taken care of in New York. Thank you to everyone involved.


  Jane Adlin  


Rago: During the Rago Modern Design auction on June 15, 2014, three jewelers are featured, including Carolyn Kriegman, Sam Kramer, and Ed Weiner (lots 825 to 830). There are also two pieces by June Schwarcz (lot 840 and 841). 
Wright Auctions: These four Sam Kramer pieces will be available in the June 12, 2014 auction at Wright. The estimates range from $2000 to $7000.
Happy hunting.

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.

Check out what has been attracting our curiosity!
Three gallery shows in a fair, two museum exhibitions, and a private curatorial initiative: NYC gives contemporary jewelry a rare spotlight
Sienna Gallery at Play
ARTnews refers to the jewelry in MAD's show Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography as BLING ... really?
A NY Times review of
de Castellane's show at Gaogosian turns into a candid overview of art jewelry's "why" and "what."
EDUCATIONAL DISPATCHES: Videos from chp...? 

"This one we made earlier"--jewelry brand chp...? offers a video lesson in technical versatility: 
Manual: the making of Circle in Circle by Gijs Bakker
Surgical: the making of Little Mat by Dinie Besems
Industrial: the making of Global Bracelet by Paolo Ulian

Are you a student in a metalsmithing program at a degree-granting institution? If your school is a supporter of AJF, you can upload your graduate portfolio to the AJF website by following this link. We want to see what you have been up to!


If your school is not a supporter of AJF, let them know they should be! Tell them about the platform AJF provides students to show their work to a community of people who appreciate contemporary jewelry. It is a great opportunity to promote the students, the program, and the philosophy of your school! 

Kyleigh Garman, MFA 2014, Indiana University
Agne Visiauskaite, BA 2014, Edinburgh College of Art
Kelly Marie Novak, MFA 2014, Indiana University



"Honestly, of course, we cannot speak for students as a whole and can only respond from the voice of RISD Jewelry & Metals, which is an independently run forum and platform for the RISD department, students, and alumni. Our relationship with AJF began with our interest in and enthusiasm for seeing the promotion of schools and specific student work updated and represented each year in a consolidated online format. Now, our relationship to AJF has somewhat expanded in what seems to be a growing forum for articles and interviews as well as a form of call-and-response dialogue circling around fundamental questions surrounding the field of contemporary jewelry.


Of course, we are also excited by and look forward to the emerging artist award each year, both as an opportunity for ourselves and as a promotion for fresh voices in the field, which we firmly believe in encouraging. "

Mariah Tuttle & Kamal Nassif

STUDENT VOICES: Reviews of the Speakers Tour Lecture Series
Taboo Studio   
Out of the Blue   

May 23-July 26, 2014
Sienna Gallery   
Biba Schutz

June 21-July 13, 2014
Putti Art Gallery
Amber in Contemporary Art Jewellery   
May 23-July 26, 2014
AME Gallery
Building Jewelry: Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition
May 8-30, 2014
Gallery SO 
Bernard Schobinger: Rings of Saturn 
June 5-October 19, 2014
Patina Gallery 
 Honoring Harold O'Connor 
 May 2-June 8, 2014



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