Calls for Entry


Our objective is to showcase work that reinterprets cultural symbols and icons through the use of material, scale, wearability, and interaction. Our goal is to curate work that challenges and “plays” with the viewer’s understanding of what that symbol has come to represent. We are interested in icons and symbols that appear in the commercial jewelry world such as the bow, heart, snakes, crowns, keys and the faceted stone as well as in our everyday lives through emojis and other cultural symbols. We want to see these symbols interpreted from a different viewpoint, providing the viewer/wearer a new lens to interpret and experience icons; challenging the viewers preconditioned definition of what the icon represents.

Curators: Manuela Jimenez and Kendra Pariseault

  • Deadline for all Applications: September 1st, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST
  • Entry Fee: $25.00
  • Artists notified of acceptance: September 7th, 2017
  • All work must be received by October 1st, 2017
  • Exhibition Dates: October 7th – November 30th, 2017
  • Opening Reception: October 7th, 2017

Location: In the Gallery at Brooklyn Metal Works 640 Dean St.Floor 2



SNAG JAMS                          SNAG                                 LINK TO APPLY   

SNAG is launching an exciting new project, the Jewelry and Metals Survey (JAMS).  This new annual publication will increase the visibility of SNAG, help propel the field forward, and highlight the best new work being made in the field of jewelry and metals in the world, and to present a wide range of the type of work being made in the field.

JAMS will be an annual survey of jewelry and metals in contemporary art, architecture, craft, and design created in the previous year by emerging and established artists, as well as students. Every year, a new jury of curators, artists, designers, gallery owners, and historians will select the work. The goal is to showcase 200-juried objects made in the last year highlighting the wide range of work being made currently in the field of jewelry and metals. These objects can be traditional or art jewelry, objects – functional or not, sculptural, architectural, public art, or design objects.

This survey publication will not be themed but instead be judged on the following criteria:

  •    Creative and inventive use of medium
  •    Innovation in style and concept
  •    Technical proficiency, construction, and craftsmanship
  •    Form and aesthetics of the piece
  •    Consistency of the quality of the piece
  •    Other considerations as determined by the jury

SNAG invites artists, craftspeople, designers, public artists, and architects worldwide to submit images of new works focusing on metal and/or jewelry. Everyone from any sector of the field at any level of experience is encouraged to apply. Curators are welcome to submit recent work purchased by their institution as well.

Submissions may be entered on CaFE. Please click here to submit. Deadline September 1, 2017.

The JAMS book will be published and available in both e-book and print format in December 2017.

Participants are requested to complete the entry form, submitting a total of one to three digital images illustrating one work per image. Three images of different pieces are preferred, although participants may send up to three images of multiple views of one or two pieces. Digital photographs must be of actual objects designed and made between July 15, 2016 and September 1, 2017.

One one entry allowed per artist. Please note an entry can have up to three pieces for consideration.


Call closes September 1, 2017 11:59 pm MST.


The photographs must be of actual objects designed and made between July 15, 2016 and September 1, 2017.

For submission on CaFE, applicants need to submit their photographs in the following format:

  • File format: JPEG only
  • File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
  • File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
  • File size: 5 MB maximum
  • The image file should be labeled as follows: artist’s last name_first name_title.jpg. Do not use quotation marks, apostrophes, parentheses or any characters that are not numbers or letters.
  • If object dimensions vary, type in “dimension varies.” For diameter, complete width and depth fields with the same dimension.

If accepted for the publication, we will then be asking the artist to submit print ready photographs in the following format:

  • Minimum of 4 inches x 6 inches at 300 dpi (1200 x 1500 pixels).
  • The image file should be labeled as follows: artist’s last name_first name_title.jpg or artist’s last name_first name_title.tif. Do not use quotation marks, apostrophes, parentheses or any characters that are not numbers or letters.
  • Image file sizes are limited to 25MB each.
  • If object dimensions vary, type in “dimension varies.” For diameter, complete width and depth fields with the same dimension.


$45 for entry, SNAG members see your Riveting News email for a discount to pay only $20 to enter.

Questions? Contact Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith

The 2017 jurors are:

Vivian Beer is a furniture designer/maker based in New England. Her sleek, abstracted metal and concrete furniture combines contemporary design, craft, and sculpture creating objects that alter expectations of and interface with our domestic landscape. Her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, MFA Boston, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Arts and Design and the cities of Portland ME, Cambridge MA and Arlington VA. She holds a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has held numerous residencies including Penland School of Crafts, Museum of Glass, and a Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Cornelie Holzach was born in Reutlingen 1959. After an apprenticeship as a goldsmith she studied jewellery design at the University of Applied Arts in Pforzheim and art history in Karlsruhe. Among others she acted as scientific officer at the University of Applied Arts in Pforzheim as well as at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 1997 she has been a staff member of the Pforzheim Jewellery Museum, and its director since 2005. Most recently Cornelie served as the curator for Schmuck 2017.

Alan Revere holds a unique position in the jewelry community, with one foot firmly planted as an award-winning designer and the other as one of the country’s most prominent jewelry educators. With degrees in psychology and art, followed by German training as a goldsmith, Revere set out to make jewelry. For two decades, he designed and created a signature line of dramatic jewelry, which was sold in stores and galleries nationwide. In addition, Alan has trained over 10,000 students at the school he founded and directs, the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, in San Francisco, California.

Alan’s jewelry appears in many books and his work is included in the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, the GIA Museum in Carlsbad and the Oakland Museum. Alan is the author of seven instructional books, a hundred articles and a series of DVD’s for goldsmiths and jewelers. Alan Revere is the founder of the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group ( and he is past president of the American Jewelry Design Council ( With his deep understanding of the field and his broad influence on the industry, it is no wonder that Alan is revered as, “A master’s master.”


Deadline October 1, 2017

History has inspired artists for thousands of years. Rather than simply borrow imagery from the past, this exhibition asks you to engage deeply with historical appropriation.

Juried by Michael Dale Bernard (UW-Milwaukee) and Emily Stoehrer (MFA Boston), we invite all SNAG members to apply to this exhibition.

Submissions should include an image that documents the historical elements, materials, or sources that you are borrowing from and a brief statement (1-3 sentences) that describes your motivation for using them in a contemporary context. Works should be made within the last five years. Preference will be given to jewelry and other types of adornment, and photos of the work on the body are highly encouraged.


  • Open to all SNAG members 18 years of age or older.
  • Applicants need not reside in the United States.
  • All work must be original and produced within the last five years (2011 or later).
  • Objects made from commercial kits or commercially available plans are NOT ELIGIBLE.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to apply with images that have not been widely circulated in Metalsmith or other publications.
  • Collaborations are allowed under the conditions that 1, all artists involved are current members of SNAG; and 2, artists may only participate in one application: either as part of a collaboration OR as part of a personal application, but not both.
  • Because this is an online exhibition, the audience can only experience the work through the photos you submit, therefore please submit the best possible photos that show the work as clearly as possible.
  • There are no size restrictions for this exhibition


  • Applications will be accepted beginning on August 1, 2017 and must be received by midnight (11:59:59 pm) MOUNTAIN TIME October 1, 2017.  Please account for time zone differences, as entries are not eligible via email and no exceptions will be made.
  • All entries must be made online through
  • applications may be supplemented with video submissions. For consideration, one video per artwork may be sent to     Videos may also be shared via Dropbox, Google Drive, or YouTube.
  • The application fee of $25 is non-refundable.
    • This fee is used for domain hosting costs of the exhibition, juror honorariums, promotional materials, and fees
  • All applicants MUST be a member of SNAG in order to be eligible to apply for this opportunity. If you are not a current member at the time of application, please become a member or renew your membership.
  • For each application, please submit both a general shot of your original work and detail (if available). Artists may submit up to 3 separate pieces.
  • All works must be accompanied by title, material, dimensions, year of completion.
  • Artists may submit an artist statement up to 3000 characters.
  • Artists must include a brief bio, up to 250 words.
  • All decisions of the jurors are final.
  • All work must be original. By completing this application artist agrees that he/she is responsible for the creation of submitted works.
  • By submitting media (images and/or video) for possible inclusion in “Appropriated Adornment” the artist agrees to the following:
    • That Metalsmith magazine and SNAG have the right to retain and duplicate these images, videos, and video stills for the purpose of marketing and for display on the SNAG website and e-newsletters.
    • That the artist requires no compensation or further contact from Metalsmith magazine or SNAG.
    • That the artist agrees to all terms and conditions set forth in this prospectus.


August 1, 2017 – Call opens on to SNAG Members

October 1, 2017  – Deadline for Entry on

November 1, 2017* – Notification of Results to Artists (by email)

December 1, 2017 – Online Exhibition goes live on SNAG//SPACE website

*Dates may be subject to change.


The Saul Bell Design Award competition is open to designers and hollowware artists from across the globe except those from countries the U.S. is prohibited from doing business with by the State Department. We cannot accept entries from the following countries: Crimean Peninsula, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Burma, Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), North Korea, Syria, Balkan Countries (Serbia, Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo), Belarus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Iraq and Zimbabwe. Employees of Rio Grande or of any affiliate company and their immediate family members may not participate.

The entry fee for all categories (except Emerging Jewelry Artist) is:

$75 through September 15, 2017

$125 September 16 through October 26, 2017

*The fee for Emerging Jewelry Artist entries is $25 per entry through October 26, 2017.

  • Do not list your name, company name, logo or other identifying information in your description or photo.
  • Use high-quality images with a plain background and good lighting.
  • Only one photograph or rendering may be entered per registration. The photo or rendering may show multiple views in one 300-dpi JPEG or PDF file no larger than 10 megabytes (MB).
  • Make sure the piece is completely finished and all surfaces are polished well.
  • Pieces should be photographed alone. Do not prop, add extra design elements or showcase on a model.
  • Multiple photo images can be compiled into one photo submission to show different angles or design elements of the piece.

Each submission must include the following information:

  • Name of piece
  • Type of jewelry
  • Materials used, including:
    • Metal(s) type, karat
    • Stone(s) type, size/carat weight, shape
    • Other material(s)
    • Bead(s) quantity, type, size
  • Description, limited to 800 characters (including spaces and punctuation) or less, including:
    • Concept/design development
    • Techniques used
    • Steps taken to complete the piece (cast, fabricated, forged, assembled, etc.)
    • Inspiration behind the piece


  • Consist of one item or one related set of items per entry
  • Be composed predominantly of the material specified in the chosen category
  • Be the artist's original design
  • Not have won an award in any other competition prior to Oct. 26, 2017


  • Include one high-resolution photograph or rendering: 300-dpi JPEG or PDF; 10-megabyte (MB) maximum
  • Include the name and description of the piece (limited to 800 characters which includes spaces and punctuation)
  • Not include a personal name, company name, or other identifying information in the description of your piece
  • Include payment for each entry registration fee


  • Innovation and originality
  • Successful incorporation of materials
  • Wearability (except for hollowware entries)
  • Quality of workmanship