Exhibition Calls

COMMON THREADS

Entry Deadline: November 12, 2019 Midnight

Entry fee: $30, for up to three pieces (paid via Paypal to bjcexhibitions@gmail.com)

Exhibition description:

Fashion is about creating objects to adorn the body, but also creating identity through the ways in which an individual or a community adorns themselves. Fashion can be a marker of cultural history, tracking historical movements through the lines, patterns, materials, and even hemlines of a garment or an era. For this community challenge, we are asking artists to make a piece of jewelry or a sculptural object that is inspired by an iconic fashion piece. Artists participating in the challenge will draw inspiration from a pre-selected collection of fashion items. The items in the collection are highly notable whether because of their innovativeness, craftsmanship, or the way in which they are significantly tied to a moment in history. Many of the items are shared in our collective memories and are therefore perfect objects from which to draw inspiration. Artists might choose to explore formal relationships as related to their chosen item, or speak to greater cultural concepts manifested through the object.

The exhibition will be on view from December 6, 2019 – February 1, 2020, with an opening reception Friday, December 6.

About the jurors: 

Victoria Rose Pass is a specialist in Visual Culture, particularly areas of design and fashion. She is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the Maryland Institute College of Art.  Her research considers the history of fashion culture in the 20th and focuses specifically on issues of gender and race. She is the current president of the Design Studies Forum, an affiliated society of the College Art Association.  She received her BA in Art History from Boston University, her MA in Art History from the Art Institute of Chicago, and her PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester.

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.

Submission guidelines:

Please complete the Google Entry Form

 

  • Please send jpeg images only. 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:

 

LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg

LastName_FirstName_Title_Detail.jpg

Entry checklist:

 

  • Completed entry form, including jpegs of up to 3 entries
  • Entry fee paid through Paypal (bjcexhibitions@gmail.com)

 

Important Dates:

Entry deadline:  November 7, 2019

Artists notified: November 15, 2019

Work must be received by: November 27, 2019

Exhibition dates: December 6, 2019 – February 1, 2020

Opening reception: December 6, 2019

Exhibition de-install: February 3 – 7, 2020

 

Insurance

While part of the exhibition all work will be insured for the wholesale price. The Baltimore Jewelry Center will insure the work from point of receipt of work (including storage).

Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance to the Baltimore Jewelry Center. The gallery will be responsible for return shipping, but artists are welcome to prepay for return shipping.

Packaging:

The Artist agrees to provide suitable/durable wrapping, boxing material, and wrapping/boxing instructions for the transport and storage of their work to the Baltimore Jewelry Center.

 

 

BJC Holiday Sale

Entry Deadline: October 31st

Entry Fee: $15 (paid via Paypal to bjcexhibitions@gmail.com)

We are excited to offer you a holiday sales opportunity for jewelers at the Baltimore Jewelry Center. We will be hosting our annual Holiday Sale in the studio Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1. Artists will set up their work in the studio for patrons and all sales will go through the BJC (with a 75%/25% artist/BJC split). We ask that artists be present at the sale for at least 5 hours total. The BJC will promote the event, have staff on hand to moderate and run sales, and have refreshments for guests.

Hours for the sale will be:

Friday, Nov 29: 6 – 9pm

Saturday, Nov. 30: 12 – 7pm

Sunday, Dec. 1: 12 – 7pm

To apply…

Fill out this application (which includes submitting three images of your work and paying a $15 application fee) by October 31st. Please follow all the instructions on the application regarding image size, titles, and payment. Artists will be selected by an outside juror in order to make the selection process as fair as possible. Artists will be notified on Nov. 4 of their status.

We will set a meeting once artists are selected to discuss display and other logistics of the sale.

Please feel free to contact bjcexhibitions@gmail.com with any questions and good luck!

FAQ

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:

LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg
LastName_FirstName_Title_Detail.jpg

Sales

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.