Exhibition Calls

In Profile: Modern Cameos

Entry Deadline: Extend to August 13, 2018

Entry fee: $30

In Profile – Submission Guidelines

In Profile – Entry Form

About the exhibition

The cameo has a vast and varied history, from antiquity to the present day. It has acted as a signifier of prestige and status, a memento for travel, and an indicator of desire. Figuration within the cameo has honored rulers and real-life heroes, retold myths, and immortalized legends. The cameo is a narrative account encapsulated within the constraints of an object, and as the cameo became more popular its subjects changed from the icon to the individual. As artists we seek to mine the formats of the past and reinvigorate them through modern tendencies and associations.
For In Profile: Modern Cameos, an upcoming exhibition at the Baltimore Jewelry Center, we are seeking work by contemporary jewelers who utilize the cameo as the source, subject matter, or format for their work. You might create narrative work incorporating the figure, explore myth (established or your own), carve and manipulate a material’s surface, or use the cameo as source for your work in some other fashion. The exhibition will be on view from September 21 – November 9, 2018, with an opening reception Friday, September 21.

About the curator

Erica Bello studied metals/jewelry design at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts where she received her BFA. In 2014, Bello won the Halstead Grant for emerging artists and in 2017 she was chosen to speak at the 46th annual Society of North American Goldsmiths conference as an Early Career Artist. In addition to working as a studio jeweler Erica Bello holds a position as studio manager at the Baltimore Jewelry Center and teaches classes on metalsmithing and jewelry design. Erica currently resides in Baltimore, MD and works out of her studio located in the Station North Arts District.

Important Dates:

Entry deadline: August 6, 2018
Artists notified: August 20, 2018
Work must be received by: September 5, 2018
Exhibition dates: September 21 – November 9, 2018
Opening reception: September 21, 2018
Exhibition de-install: November 10 – 16, 2018

click below to view the submission guidelines and entry form

In Profile – Submission Guidelines

In Profile – Entry Form

Proposal deadline: November 1, 2018

Entry fee: $25

The Baltimore Jewelry Center is currently seeking solo, group, and curatorial exhibition proposals for the Baltimore Jewelry Center gallery calendar for 2019/2020. Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate unique curatorial viewpoints, expose our audience to fresh and emerging makers and ideas, explore the gallery setting in unexpected ways, and present art jewelry and metalsmithing in a broader art context. Proposals should consider the size and dimensions of the gallery space. Click here to view the gallery floor plan.

Complete proposals will be reviewed and selected for exhibition by our Exhibitions Committee, which is headed by the Exhibitions Director and the Director of the Baltimore Jewelry Center.

Deadline for submission is November 1, 2018.


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.

Submission guidelines

Please email images and completed entry forms to bjcexhibitions@gmail.com with “2018 Exhibition Proposal” in the subject line.

Entry checklist

  • Exhibition proposal (1 – 2 pages outlining your proposed exhibition, including concept, display methods, space needs)
  • Curatorial statement
  • 8 – 10 images of recent or proposed work, including sketches, thumbnails, inspiration images (jpegs)
  • Image list
  • CV
  • Entry fee paid through Paypal (bjcexhibitions@gmail.com)

Image requirements

  • 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
  • Proposal deadline: Rolling

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


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.