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2018 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award
540 Alabama Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Call Type: Award
Eligibility: International
State: California
Entry Deadline: 11/15/17
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 10
Total Media - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 10
Entry Fee (2018 AJF Artist Award): $25.00

The purpose of the Art Jewelry Forum's (AJF) Artist Award is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in the work of an artist who is early in his or her career, and to help advance the career of a promising artist. The award consists of an unrestricted cash award of $7,500.

The competition is open to makers of wearable art jewelry who are 35 years of age or under at the time of application deadline (Nov. 15, 2017) and who are not currently enrolled in a formal academic degree program or a vocational training program.  Work submitted must have been made within the past two years (between 2015 – 2017) and without supervision; work from BFA / MFA thesis and/or graduation shows may NOT be submitted. Applicants who applied previously for the award must submit new work in the current application; that is, work submitted in a prior AJF Artist Award application may not be resubmitted in the current application.  

Applicants are asked to submit the following:

  • Current resume (one page long maximum) – do not include your name on resume
  • Artist statement relating to the work submitted (approximately 200 words or less than 1000 characters) – do not include your name on artist statement
  • A maximum of ten digital images showing six - seven pieces of work
    • All images submitted as jpegs through CaFe must also be available in high-resolution (300 dpi or higher TIFF file) if your application makes it to the finalist round. The high-resolution images will be used by AJF for print media and promotion
    • One of the images must show a piece being worn
    • One of the images must show the back side or underneath of a piece
    • Each image must include: - title of piece - year produced - dimensions in millimeters - materials - photo credit  (these details may be included in the descriptions that are – do not include your name in the captions


Deadline for submission is 11:59 pm, (Mountain Time Zone - same as Denver, Colorado, USA) on November 15, 2017.  Incomplete or late entries will not be accepted.  

Five finalists will be selected from which the winning artist will be chosen.  Jurors for the competition will be: the winner of the 2016 Artist Award, Lynne Batchelder (USA) ; collector Inger
Wästberg (Sweden); and curator Su san Cohn (Australia).

More information about the award may be found at

Art Jewelry Forum is a nonprofit organization spreading awareness and increasing appreciation of art jewelry worldwide since 1997.  AJF advocates for art jewelry through an ambitious agenda of education, conversation, and financial support.  It commissions critical writing that sets the standard for excellence in the field and publishes, an online resource for original content on art jewelry. 

* Instructions on how to format images to CaFE™ specifications can be found at Image Prep. CaFE Technical support available during regular business hours M-F 8:30 - 5:00 PM MST. Email


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