Exhibition Calls

Appetites and Objects

Entry Deadline: April 29, 2019

Entry fee: $30, for up to three pieces

Exhibition description:

Metal as a material is intrinsically linked to the history and production of utensils and implements for the home. Designers, metalsmiths, and blacksmiths have molded, cast, forged, and pressed metal to create housewares that conform to the hand, act as an extension of the body, and hold presence in our domestic lives. The relationship that metalware has to food informs the materials chosen (for their heat conductivity, their ability to alter the flavor of food, their tendency to tarnish) but that relationship also creates a playground for metaphor. We are all connected by the unifying need for nourishment. We seek to create a sense of place or home, surrounding ourselves with objects, materials, and textures that provide comfort. The tools we use to feed ourselves might be ubiquitous but they are also intimately unique and personal. For this exhibition we are seeking work by contemporary metalsmiths and designers that explores objects for the home, whether practical, fantastical, or metaphorical. Ideal objects for submission are vessels and utensils for the home, specifically the kitchen, however jewelry and small sculpture that relate to food and houseware is also well-suited for this call.

The exhibition will be on view from June 7 – July 12, 2019, with an opening reception Friday, June 7.

Important Dates:

Important Dates:

Entry deadline:  April 29, 2019
Artists notified: May 10, 2019
Work must be received by: May 24, 2019
Exhibition dates: June 7 – July 12, 2019
Opening reception: June 7, 2019
Exhibition de-install: July 13 – July 19, 2019

Submission guidelines:

Please email images and completed entry forms to bjcexhibitions@gmail.com with “Appetites and Objects” 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:
Rosemary Liss creates nourishing experiences that provide a symbiosis between mouthfeel and carnal perception. She has a background in fine arts, but her work has evolved into culinary creations and comestible experiences. Her culinary journey began at Hex Ferments and in 2014 she was the artist in residence at the Nordic Food Lab in Copenhagen. In 2017, Rosemary was an assistant for Laila Gohar’s edible installations and Badtaste.biz’s monochromatic dinner’s in New York City and was a guest digestion choreographer at Mildred’s Lane in Pennsylvania.  Back in Baltimore she made ferments, oils and syrups for Clavel’s Bar Lab and is now the co-owner of Le Comptoir du Vin, a natural wine bar and European bistro in Station North. In April, Rosemary will be co-hosting an interactive supper and poetry reading in conjunction with “A Gentle Excavation” curated by Allie Lin at Resort Gallery.
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.