Call for Entries! Spring/Summer 2019 Opportunities


From competitions and exhibitions to grants and publications, find out what opportunities await this Spring/Summer 2019!

SNAG 2019 Juried Student Exhibition

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
Entry Fee: $35

In keeping with the theme of the conference, SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths)’s 2019 Juried Student Exhibition, entitled “Coming Full Circle,” will focus on the journey the metal arts field has gone through over the past 50 years and a chance to explore work that celebrates and reflects on its history. The exhibition will be held onsite at the conference in Chicago from May 22-25, 2019. Images of up to three pieces of original artwork relating to the exhibition theme and created between January 2018-2019 may be submitted for consideration. SNAG membership not required.

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Emerging Artist 2019

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
Entry Fee: $10 (member), $20 (non-member), $50 (entry + membership)

The Emerging Artist Showcase gives emerging artists the opportunity to have their work shown in Fiber Art Now, an international magazine for contemporary fiber art & textiles. The final selection of works will be curated by Marcia Young, editor-in-chief, and will be shown in the Spring 2019 issue of Fiber Art Now and sold on over 200 newsstands in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. If you enter your work but it isn’t chosen for the magazine, your work will still be promoted online to the community of over 65,000.

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Graduating Student Showcase

Application Deadline (Spring 2019): March 25, 2019

SNAG invites graduating students to participate in an online exhibition that showcases their work. This online showcase is a wonderful opportunity for graduating students to display their work to a wider audience and show the community what they are capable of, while gaining the practical experience of submitting work to an exhibition without the added pressure of a formal submissions process. SNAG membership not required.

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2019 JEM Club Award Trophy Design Contest

Application Deadline: April 5, 2019
Entry Fee: Free

The best designs will be transformed into the JEM Club Award Trophy to be presented to the receiving candidate at the JEM Spring Show Awards. All entries will be reviewed by the JEM Department, and those selected will be posted to the JEM Facebook and Instagram pages for voting on Monday, April 8. The student design with the most votes (via “Likes”) will also receive a $50 gift card to Rio Grande Jewelry Supply!

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2019 BeadDreams International Jewelry Artistry Awards

Application Deadline: April 8, 2019
Entry Fee: $55

BeadDreams International Jewelry Artistry Awards is an annual competition presented by Bead&Button. For 2019, the categories are Finished Jewelry, Objects and Accessories, and Young Beader. Finalist entries will be displayed at the Bead&Jewelry Expo from Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 9, 2019 on the third floor of the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI. The competition is open to both professional and amateur beaders and jewelry makers from the U.S. and around the world.

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92Y's Jewelry Center Artist Residency

Application Deadline: April 12, 2019
Entry Fee: $100 deposit due within two weeks of notification

For 143 years, 92Y has been a world-class cultural institution where people around the world connect through culture, the arts, and entertainment. The 92nd Street Y Jewelry Center serves 1,400 students each year through over 60 classes weekly and technical workshops in four fully equipped studios. The International Jewelry Artist Residency is a juried residency for cutting-edge, emerging, and established jewelry artists to develop their work in the multifaceted New York City art scene. For a month from mid-August to mid-September, the residency will provide the opportunity for an international artist with a studio-based practice to develop a new body of work or complete research while engaging with New York's cultural community.

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2019 MJSA Vision Awards

Application Deadline (EXTENDED): April 23, 2019
Entry Fee: Free (students), $100-200 (member), $225-450 (non-member)

Every year, the MJSA (Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America) Vision Awards celebrate outstanding talent in the field of jewelry design. The winning designers represent the future of the jewelry manufacturing industry, and the Vision Awards competition showcases their creativity and boosts their careers. All professional designs must be new, original, unavailable for sale at time of submission, and completely finished, and they cannot have won any previous competitions prior to the deadline date of April 2. The Future of the Industry Award is open to any student enrolled in an art, design, or jewelry-related program at a college, university, or a proprietary technical school.

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Creative Quarterly CQ56

Application Deadline: April 26, 2019
Entry Fee:
$10-25 (students), $15-25 (recent grads)

Creative Quarterly looks for the best work in art, photography, and design across all countries to feature in its quarterly magazine and online gallery. Categories include Advertising, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, and Fine Art. Both commissioned and personal work are accepted for judging. There are separate categories for professional and student entries.

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Out of This World Enamel Contest

Application Deadline: April 30, 2019
Entry Fee: Free

The purpose of this competition is to unite even more all the enamellers of the world who continue to devote themselves to this art to keep it alive. The theme of the contest is: the surreal. You can move from mythology to invented characters, you can create anything that does not come from our world! Everyone can enter this online contest for free with just one piece per person (jewel, picture, vase, anything without size restrictions). You can use the technique you want on the metal you prefer.

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Paperworks 2019

Application Deadline: May 10, 2019
Entry Fee: $35

Paperworks 2019 is a national juried art competition accepting works made of, on, or about paper: cut paper, folded paper, woven paper, glued paper, drawings, paintings, pastels, prints, paper sculpture, 3D, bound books, collage, mixed media, video, and installation. Selected works will be exhibited at b.j. spoke gallery in Huntingdon, NY, from August 1-28, 2019.

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New Bracelets: 500+ Contemporary Jewellery Designs

Application Deadline: May 15, 2019 (UTC/GMT)
Entry Fee: Free

Following the success and interest in New Brooches: 400+ Contemporary Jewellery Designs; New Necklaces: 400 Designs in Contemporary Jewellery; New Earrings: 500+ Designs from Around the World; and New Rings: 500+ Designs from Around the World, jeweler and author Nicolas Estrada invites artists to submit work for selection to be included in the fifth book of the collection entitled New Bracelets: 500+ Contemporary Jewellery Designs. In this new book, we attempt to gather a relevant, inspirational and contemporary sample of bracelets from all around the world. The selected pieces will be featured with a profile of the artist and technical details of the work.

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Academy of Art University Spring Show 2019

Application Deadline: April 29 – May 3, 2019

The Academy of Art University's annual Spring Show returns this May 16, 2019. Pick your best pieces from your Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and/or Spring 2019 Jewelry & Metal Arts classes (three entries total). Entry forms and more information will be provided in April.

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2019 MJSA Scholarships

Application Deadline: May 31, 2019

Every year, talented students from across the United States look to MJSA for help in realizing a shared dream: to have a successful career in designing and making jewelry. The MJSA Education Foundation Scholarship Group consists of five permanent endowment funds managed by the Rhode Island Foundation on behalf of MJSA and the Foundation. Money generated by these funds provides support to U.S. students enrolled in jewelry design, jewelry making, or other jewelry-related degree programs at colleges, universities, and technical schools. Any student enrolled in a jewelry program, who intends to pursue a career in the jewelry industry and can demonstrate financial need, is eligible to apply. Students must be U.S. citizens.

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SNAG Jewelry and Metals Survey (JAMS) 2019

Application Deadline: June 17, 2019
Entry Fee: $20 (member), $45 (non-member)

Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) invites artists, craftspeople, designers, public artists, and architects worldwide to submit images of new works focusing on metal and/or jewelry for the 2019 Jewelry and Metals Survey (JAMS). Everyone from any sector of the field at any level of experience is encouraged to apply. The jury will work to select the top 100 images from the submissions; each juror will also select an additional 33 images to be published.

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2019 Halstead Grant

Application Deadline: August 1, 2019

Each summer Halstead awards a grant to a new jewelry designer working primarily in silver. The grant consists of $7,500 in start-up capital and $1,000 in merchandise, as well as recognition in the industry. The experience is designed to help jewelry entrepreneurs create a strategy to kick-start their careers.

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Excellence in Fibers V

Application Deadline: September 10, 2019
Entry Fee: $25 (member), $40 (non-member), $50 (entry + membership)

Sponsored by the Fiber Art Network, Excellence in Fibers is organized into five categories: wall/floor works, sculptural works, vessel forms/basketry, installation works, and wearables. The function emphasis of the five categories puts the focus on the makers’ intentions and can incorporate the vast range of fiber mediums. Selected work will appear at the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan, from December 12, 2019 – March 15, 2020. Note that work does NOT have to be available for the Muskegon Art Museum exhibition to be juried into Excellence in Fibers V. It still can be selected by the jurors, shown in the magazine, and receive publicity and prizes.

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