JEM Student Work Among Best in Contemporary Enamels

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With works created in last spring's Enameling 1 and 2 classes, four JEM students—Hsiao Han "Lucy" Huang (BFA), Chia Chen "Sabrina" Hsu (BFA), Mehrdad "Nomi" Bagherpourhamedani (MFA), and Mengyun "Mia" Xiong (BFA)—have been accepted into this year's Juried Student Exhibition sponsored by the Enamelist Society!

Titled Alchemy5, the biennial conference returns for 2019 and will be accompanied by the 17th International Juried Enamel Exhibition and the 13th International Juried Student Enamel Exhibition. These shows highlight the best in contemporary enamels produced in the last two years, demonstrating aesthetic and technical expertise of professional enamelists, as well as the talents of students from accredited degree programs across the world.

This year, jurors Kathleen Browne, Jeannine Falino, and Hee Joo Kim (read their juror profiles here) reviewed 103 submissions from 56 entrants and accepted 30 pieces by 26 students for the show. The jurying was competitive, but Lucy, Sabrina, Nomi, and Mia were able to come out on top and make it among the mere 29% of entries selected. As a result, their work will be featured in the upcoming exhibit, as well as in the 4-color catalog and CD of images to be available for sale at the conference.

Alchemy5 will be hosted at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR, from July 31 – August 7, 2019.