the Baltimore Jewelry Center's annual symposium
What is BJC Focus
The BJC Focus symposium is a free annual event that features workshops, demonstrations and presentations all centered around a particular theme. Our featured speakers are artists and intellectuals who are well-studied and acquainted with the chosen topic for the year. The symposium, while developed with jewelry and metalsmithing students and enthusiasts in mind, is free and open to public, with something to offer everyone. The one-day event culminates with an artistic challenge posed to our maker community: to create a new piece of work that aligns with the theme of the symposium.
2018 Symposium Theme:
The Body: Altered/Adorned
Our 2018 Symposium will examine the human tradition of altering and adorning the body.
Through this year’s symposium, we are interested in examining ways in which the body is changed through adornment and augmentation. Jewelry, as one of the oldest forms of human creativity, has a deep connection to the human need to alter and adorn the body. Through time immemorial and through a variety of means and methods, we humans have altered, modified, constricted, extended, and aided our bodies. These modifications may be enacted to fit a social norm or to set oneself apart, to adorn or restrict, to create a “better” body.
Exhibition Call/Community Challenge:
The majority of our experiences as humans are dictated by the physicality of our bodies. Our entire lived experience is translated through the way in which we inhabit our bodies. Because of our bodies we are able to have myriad polarizing experiences: comfort/discomfort, pleasure/pain, rest/exhaustion, joy/heartache, satisfaction/disappointment, peace/anxiety. The skills and limitations, whether imposed by nature or culture, of our diverse bodies can dictate our experiences and our perceptions. Through time immemorial and through a variety of means and methods, humans have altered, modified, constricted, extended, and aided our bodies. These modifications may be enacted to fit a social norm or to set oneself apart, to adorn or restrict, to create a “better” body. Using an array of provided materials, sourced from items that modify the body in some way, create a piece of jewelry or sculpture that explores the idea of the manipulated body. Or, through the use of raw materials, create a piece of jewelry or an object that is meant to modify or alter the body.
Resulting work should either clearly utilize provided source materials OR augment the body
Artists interested in participating can collect materials at the Baltimore Jewelry Center on September 22nd from 4:00 – 5:00pm or the following week.
This symposium is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council. To discover more about the Maryland State Arts Council and how they impact Maryland, visit msac.org