Exhibition Calls

The Body: Altered/Adorned

Entry Deadline: November 13, 2018

Entry fee: $35, for up to three entries of jewelry

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.

The Body Altered/Adorned is a community design challenge and exhibition that explores the idea of the manipulated body through the use of raw materials or wearable objects. Using 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.


There will be three Juror’s Awards given for this exhibition:
  • First prize: $250
  • Second prize: $150
  • Third prize: $75

Important Dates:

Feedback Session: November 1, 2018
Entry deadline: November 13, 2018
Artists notified: November 18, 2018
Work must be received by: November 23, 2018
Exhibition dates: November 30, 2018 – February 3, 2019

Submission guidelines:

Please email images and completed entry forms to bjcexhibitions@gmail.com with “The Body: Altered/Adorned” in the subject line.

Entry checklist:

About the juror:
Holland Houdek’s work focuses on medical implants, the body, and embodied experience. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and internationally in China, France, Austria, Taiwan, Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Canada, Mexico, and Morocco. Her work can be seen in an upcoming 2018 group exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in NYC, Metalsmith Magazine‘s “Exhibition in Print 2017”, two Lark Books’ 500 Series, Susan Ramljak’s On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, SNAG’s A Body AdornedContemporary Jewelry in ChinaCAST, and elsewhere. Holland is the recipient of the Janet Indick Sculpture Award and Material Hard & Soft‘s Ray & Georgia Gough Grand Juror Award. She was also a 2016 Niche Awards Winner and a 2015 Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition Finalist, and she holds numerous Best in Show and other awards of merit. She is a former John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry resident, and was the 2014-2015 Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the University of Iowa. Working closely with the medical industry through her five Implants Series, Holland has formed professional partnerships with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, MedWish International, Cleveland Clinic, and others. She took her MFA from Syracuse University in 2012, and her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2009. She is currently an assistant professor and the Art Gallery director at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.


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.