Exhibition Calls

Drawing Down

Entry Deadline: March 1, 2019

Entry fee: $30, for up to three pieces

Exhibition description:

The exhibition Drawing Down will explore the intersection between the practices of drawing and materials commonly used in jewelry-making. The word draw has many meanings: to produce a likeness or representation by making lines on a surface, to spread or elongate metal by hammering or by pulling through dies, to attract, to design or describe in detail, to formulate. In the exhibition Drawing Down, we aim to reflect this range of definitions and draw comparisons between the contemporary jewelry field and the sphere of visual art (specifically drawing and 2-D art) through their shared techniques, materials, and practices. We are seeking work from visual artists outside the realm of jewelry who are working with metals and precious materials, as well as work by contemporary art jewelers who use mark-making and drawing in their practice in unexpected ways. Submissions might include silverpoint or goldpoint drawing, works that incorporate precious metal leaf or gilding, jewelry that includes mark-making or drawing as a surface embellishment, pieces that incorporate engraving or etching, etc. Based on the gallery dimensions and limited space, please submit work no larger than 36” in any dimension.

The exhibition will be on view from April 19 – May 31, 2019, with an opening reception Friday, April 19.

Important Dates:

Important Dates:

Entry deadline: March 1, 2019
Artists notified: March 15, 2019
Work must be received by: April 5, 2019
Exhibition dates: April 19 – May 31, 2019
Opening reception: April 19, 2019
Exhibition de-install: June 1 – 5, 2019

Submission guidelines:

Please email images and completed entry forms to bjcexhibitions@gmail.com with “Drawing Down” in the subject line.

Entry checklist:

  • Completed entry form submitted to bjcexhibitions@gmail.com
  • Images of up to 3 entries (.jpgs)
  • Entry fee paid through Paypal (bjcexhibitions@gmail.com)
About the jurors:
Andrea Sherrill Evans is a Baltimore-based artist whose practice ranges from intricate silverpoint and watercolor drawings to fiber-based sculptural works that explore the relationship between the human and natural world. Evans received her BFA in Painting from Arizona State University, and MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University. She is a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Drawing, St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award, Blanche E. Colman Award, and was a 2017 Trawick Prize Semifinalist. Select exhibitions include Invasive, VisArts (Rockville, MD), Onloaded: Andrea Sherrill Evans, phICA (Phoenix, AZ), Where Nature Ends, The Cluster Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Clear-Cut, Emmanuel College (Boston, MA), and Mean Girls at SPACE Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA). Currently a full-time faculty member in the Drawing Department at Maryland Institute College of Art, Evans has also taught at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Wellesley College.
April Wood is the Exhibitions Director at the Baltimore Jewelry Center, as well as a co-founder, instructor, and studio manager. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Austin Museum of Art – Laguna Gloria, the traveling exhibition I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now, and SIERAAD International Art Jewelry Fair in Amsterdam. She has received three Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Grants. She holds a BFA in Studio Art – Metals & Jewelry from Texas State University – San Marcos and an MFA in Studio Art from Towson University. She has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Towson University, Texas State University – San Marcos, Penland School of Crafts, and Idyllwild Arts Academy.


About the Baltimore Jewelry Center

The Baltimore Jewelry Center is a 501c3 educational nonprofit building a vibrant creative community for the study and practice of metalworking for new and established artists. We offer classes, workshops, and studio space rental to anyone with an interest in contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing. In addition to our education program, the Baltimore Jewelry Center helps metal and jewelry artists grow sustainable business practices by offering professional development, sales opportunities, and a promotional platform.

Our exhibitions program is a robust component of the Baltimore Jewelry Center and supplements the education we provide to our students and community. Through exhibitions that showcase national and international artists in the art jewelry and metals field we offer students an up close and personal view of the innovations and freshness happening in the field at large.


What does my entry fee support?

The Baltimore Jewelry Center is a 501c3 educational nonprofit with a small staff and budget. Entry fees cover:

  • Administrative costs associated with the gallery
  • Promotional/print materials
  • Exhibition install and display materials
  • Shipping and insurance
  • Opening reception costs

Submission Guidelines:

  • Please email images, completed entry forms and any other requested materials to bjcexhibitions@gmail.com with the exhibition title in the subject line.
  • Entry fees must be made via PayPal (make payment to bjcexhibitions@gmail.com). Applications will not be reviewed until the entry fee has been paid in full. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Image Guidelines:

  • Please send jpeg images only, minimum 72 dpi, no smaller than 8 inches on the longest side. You may include one detail image of each piece submitted.
  • Please label each image with your last name, first name, and title. See example below:




Work may be for sale or for exhibition only, at the artist’s discretion.

Sales will be split 60/40 retail price between the artist and the Baltimore Jewelry Center.