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Announcements and Events 34.5

THE MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN hosts Picasso to Koons: Artist as Jeweler, an exhibit beginning September 20 and ending January 8, 2012. In an exhibition of over two hundred forty pieces, Picasso To Koons explores works from an array of artists, not known as jewelers, who have created works of jewelry both reminiscent of their existing artistic vocabulary and in other instances representing a departure from their oeuvre. Shown are a necklace by Alexander Calder, a pendant by Roy Lichtenstein and Brooch: Untitled, 1990 by Robert Rauschenberg. 2 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10019; 212.299.7777;



THE ART JEWELRY FORUM issues a call for entries for their Emerging Artist Award program. This is the twelfth year that AJF will be providing a cash award to a contemporary jewelry artist. The amount of the award is five thousand dollars. Its purpose is to acknowledge promise, innovation and individuality in the work of an emerging jewelry artist and to help to advance the artist’s career. Deadline for entries has been moved to September 30.


BERKELEY ARTISANS sponsors its twenty-first annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios from November 26 – 27, and December 3 – 4. Over one hundred handpicked artists and craftspeople at studios, workshops and galleries in Berkeley will open their doors to the public. All manner of fine art and craft will be shown, including blown glass, functional and decorative ceramics, ornaments, lamps and lighting, furniture, garden art, floor cloths, one-of-a-kind clothing, textiles, jewelry, leather bags, recycled art, sculpture, photography, paintings, mosaics, stained glass, musical instruments, artisan food products, and naturally made wines. The Holiday Open Studios event was started by clothing designer Carol Lee Shanks and jewelry artist Susan Brooks.


THE SAN DIEGO VISUAL ARTS NETWORK begins a new community project entitled DNA of Creativity. The objective is fusing the energies of art and science. Teams of artists and scientists will collaborate over an eighteen month period starting next year to explore a concept that incorporates both disciplines. The projects may take the form of artworks, publishable papers, photographs, film, music score, performance, theater piece, or a documented research experiment, among others. Teams are starting to form now; so for more information visit or contact Patricia Frischer with the San Diego Visual Arts Network at


THE ILLINOIS ARTISANS PROGRAM looks for talented new artists to join the Program. All areas of arts and crafts, including folk, traditional, contemporary, and ethnic, as well as fine artforms are eligible. The Program markets crafts through Illinois Artisans located in museums and shops in Chicago, Springfield, Lewistown, and Rend Lake. Applications are due October 12.


THE SCULPTURE OBJECTS & FUNCTIONAL ART EXPOSITION takes place at Chicago’s Navy Pier from November 4 – 6. At SOFA expositions, prominent international galleries and dealers present craft work from sculptures to jewelry. The works presented bridge historical periods, art movements and cultures, from ethnographica, Asian arts and mid-twentieth century modern to the contemporary arts and design.


THE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE OF THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM hosts Eureka! Jewelry Fair at the Walters from November 4 - 6. The eighth annual jewelry event will showcase twenty American jewelers in the Museum’s Sculpture Court. These craftspeople will present unique pieces representing a range of influences and styles—from traditional to contemporary. The weekend will also include an opening night party, lectures by Walters curators and visiting gemologists and jewelers featuring never before seen treasures from the Walters collection, a jewelrymaking workshop for children, and a Treasure Hunt offering visitors the chance to take home a piece of jewelry hidden within the galleries. 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201;


THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF JEWELRY AND RELATED EVENTS announces its 2011 Fall Annual ASJRA event, running October 14 – 16. Co-Director Elyse Zorn Karlin has announced that instead of its usual all-day conference and study day, the 2011 event will take place all weekend with a smaller attendance. Among other activities there will be a curator’s tour of the Kaplan Jewelry Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a tour of the jewelry in the Museum’s new American wing, including selections from the Daphne Farago Collection, and a lecture by award-winning gem sculptor Helen Serras-Herman.


THE WESTCHESTER CRAFT SHOW celebrates its eighteenth anniversary from October 14 – 16, and will exhibit the work of one hundred fifteen outstanding artists in the fields of basketry, ceramics, glass, fiber decorative and wearable, furniture, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, and wood. The show will be held at the Westchester County Center. 198 Central Ave., Route 119 at Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606; 914.995.4050.



PIEDMONT CRAFTSMEN hosts their forty-eighth craft fair from November 19 - 20. More than one hundred twenty artists from across the southeastern United States come to present works in jewelry, wearable art, furniture, home goods, and decorative items. The fair is the keystone event for 6 Days In November, a week-long celebration of art and culture in Winston-Salem. Fair proceeds support the programs of the nonprofit Piedmont Craftsmen. The event takes place at the M.C. Benton Convention Center.



THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CRAFT SHOW shows from November 10 – 13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. With a contingent of foreign craft artists every year and almost two hundred craft artisans featuring work in basketry, ceramics, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood, the show has a wide range of craft for every collector.


THE WAYNE ART CENTER issues a call for entries for CraftForms 2011, the seventeenth annual international juried exhibition of contemporary craft. Elizabeth Agro, Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be the juror for the exhibit, which runs from December 2 to January 21, 2012. Deadlines for call for entries is September 15.


THE NORTHWEST BEAD SOCIETY presents its twenty-third annual Bead Bazaar at the Lynnwood Convention Center, from October 8 – 9. Explore a variety of precious and base metal, crystal, ceramic, semiprecious stone, lampwork, polymer clay and seed beads, tools, books, handmade and finished jewelry, collectibles, findings, and more. Activities include demos, exhibits and classes.


THE CRAFT EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND issues a fundraising challenge for donations: if CERF+ can raise two hundred thousand dollars by September 2011, the Windgate Charitable Foundation will donate one hundred thousand dollars to CERF+. CERF+ is close to the halfway point of their fundraising goal. The funds raised will help increase the size of CERF+’s emergency assistance grants and loans and help CERF+ build the resources needed to respond to artists in distress.


THE WORLD SHIBORI NETWORK stages its eighth International Shibori Symposium in Hong Kong from December 28, 2011 to January 2, 2012. The theme, Technology Shaped By Creativity, reflects the innovative artistic approaches toward traditional shaped-resist textile techniques that will be explored during the six-day gathering. Highlights will include metalizing of textiles, imaginative use of animal fibers, extreme textiles, fashion creations, natural colors and dyes, tannin and polymerization, and much more.,



THE CHEONGJU INTERNATIONAL BIENNIALE CRAFT COMPETITION holds its seventh exhibition from September 21 through October 30. The festival showcases modern craft trends in ceramics, wood lacquer, metal, textile, and glass and opens new prospects in world craft culture. This year, there will be a guest pavilion for Finland. The exhibit will be held at the Cheongju Cultural Industry Complex.

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