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Perception is the way we see things or think about them. These perceptions can be literally how we view the external world or they can be how we see the inherent features of something, its characteristics. How can we view the natural world through an artistic lens using the elements of art jewelry? 

​Artists are encouraged to consider the elements of nature and how we interact with them, their importance in our lives  and create works of art that incorporate what they observe. Depictions of nature can be about abstract concepts, intellectual thought, the characteristics of a given subject and spirituality. 

Show us something different!

Dates: 

  • Call for Entry: March 15 - July 31

  • Jurying: August 22-25

  • Announcements: September 15

  • Online Exhibition: Nov 1 - Dec 31

Competition Categories:

Note: You may submit work in only one category. Only one submission per artist will be considered.

Category 1:  Established Artist - Professional and or making jewelry for 5 years or more.

Category 2:  Emerging Artist - Actively enrolled in jewelry studies and or making jewelry for less than 5 years.

Prizes and Awards

Emerging Artist Prize: First place  $500

Established Artist Prize:  First Place $500

 

Emerging Artist Prize: Second place: $150

Established Artist Prize: Second Place $150

 

Emerging Artist Prize: Third Place $75

Established Artist Prize:  Third Place $75

Place Awards:  Honorable mention

Accepted works

*Note on Alternative Processes, Do not be discouraged if your do not see your medium listed.

We will consider all submissions within the framework of wearable art jewelry.

 

  • Metalwork: jewelry created in gold, silver, copper, brass, copper and ferrous metal.

  • Mixed Media: metals, gemstones, beads, fibers, wood, or other nature-based or polymer clay, unconventional materials.

  • Enamelwork

  • Up-cycled or Recycled Materials: jewelry created using found objects, recycled material.

Juried work will be featured in an online exhibition, FSG social media, and in our eNewsletter. Artists will be spotlighted in social media posts and videos. Submission in this competition gives the FSG right to use submitted images for promotional purposes only and artist and work will be credited.

Jurors:

  • Lindsay Minihan - Jeweler, Organizational Leadership and Communications, Gesswein and former Executive Director of Metalwerx.

  • Paulette Werger - Jeweler and Educator, Board of Trustees, Metalwerx

  • Juan Carlos Caballero - Metal Artist and Professor of Metals and Jewelry Design, Rochester Institute, School for American Crafts.

Jury Process: Jurors will evaluate submissions based on creative approach to the theme, craftsmanship, technical proficiency, aesthetics, and other considerations as determined by the jury.

Meet the Jurors

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Lindsay Minihan

Lindsay Minihan is a skilled metalsmith with a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. For sixteen years, she served as the Executive Director of Metalwerx, a nonprofit jewelry school, where she supported numerous artists in teaching and learning. In 2022, Lindsay joined Gesswein, a 100+ year old family-owned tool and supply company. Her role involves enhancing education, supporting studio jewelers, educators, and schools, providing resources for optimal bench practices. 

 

Lindsay is passionate about fostering a well-equipped and safe studio space, always eager for tool discussions and dedicated to solving practical problems at the bench. In her spare time, she creates jewelry from her home studio as well as ink and watercolor drawings, inspired by tools and equipment used in the trade, pairing each illustration with a clever phrase.

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Juan Carlos Caballero

He received his MFA and BFA at Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts, where he is currently a Professor in the Metals and Jewelry Design Program.

Carlos is a New York State Foundation of the Arts Fellowship Recipient and a Craft Alliance of New York State Career Development Grant Recipient.  His work is in several publications including “On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets” and “Breaking Ground: A Century of Craft Art in Western NY” both by Suzanne Ramljak; “Art Jewelry Today” Dona Meilach, “30-minute Necklaces” Lark Books and “500 BRACELETS” and “500 PENDANTS,” Lark Books.

He has exhibited his work, lectured and taught workshops across the country and internationally at Hongik University, Konkuk and Seoul National University of Science and Technology, all in Seoul, South Korea; Kendall College, Grand Rapids, MI; Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne Australia, Appalachian Center for Crafts: Tennessee Tech University, East Carolina University, NC, and Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, among others.

His work includes the creation of public sculptures; Kennelly Park, Historic Erie Canal, Fairport, NY, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, NY,  American Society of Civil Engineers, Rochester, NY, Rowan College at Burlington, Willingboro, NJ, Pieters Family Life Center, Rochester, NY, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, and the Meridian Center, Rochester, NY.

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Paulette Werger

Paulette Werger is studio jeweler and educator living in New Hampshire. She received her B.S. in Painting and Sculpture from the College of Saint Rose and Skidmore College, NY, and her M.F.A. in Art Metal from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She serves on the Board of trustees for Metalwerx, and has been a trustee of Society of Arts & Crafts, Society of North American Goldsmiths, and AVA Gallery and Art Center with a goal of broadening artistic support and creating community.

Eligibility - Open to emerging and established makers within the United States.

Work must have been created in the last 2 years. 

Entry Fee:  Must be an FSG member - Membership $25, Student $10.50

Note: Membership is annual and comes with free access to all FSG presented online demos, workshop opportunities at member rates, discounts with select jewelry suppliers and inclusion in our members online gallery.

Image Requirements:

 

  • Submit 2 images, one full image and one detail image. White background required.

 

  • Image formats: JPG, JPEG and PNG files

 

  • Images file size 3MB no smaller than 300 dpi. Images must be cropped to a 1:1 ratio (square). White background preferred.

  • Image File Labeling: First Name_Last Name_Title _Front or Detail

(example: First Image: John_Smtih_ SummerBrooch_Front, Second Image: John_Smith_SummerBrooch_Detail

Important

Please upload the requested information and files to complete your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact fsgdesigncompetition@gmail.com. Subject line: Call for Entry.

 

Thank you for entering your work in this juried call for entry.

Note: This system cannot save partial entries; you cannot log in repeatedly to make changes or updates.

You must start again if you neglect any information or details the first time. 

Artist Information

You may submit artwork in one of two categories: Established Artist (professional or invloved in making jewelry for over 10 years) and Emerging Artist (actively enrolled in jewelry studies and or making jewelry for less than 5 years.

Please choose a category

Please upload two images of your submission:

1. Full view - Front image - White background required

2. Detailed image

Image specifications: Jpg, JPEG and PNG. Images file size 3MB no smaller than 300 dpi.

Images must be cropped to a 1:1 ratio (square).

Image Labeling: First Name_Last Name_Title_Front or Detail

(example: First Image: John_Smtih_ SummerBrooch_Front and Second Image: John_Smith_SummerBrooch_Detail)

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Please upload one artist headshot 

This will be used for promotional purposes and artist will be credited.

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Your application will not be considered if you are not a paid member. Become a member here

Your submission is complete.

Thank You and Good Luck!

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