Today In Art Jewelry: Events, Exhibitions, Opportunities & Awards




Today In Art Jewelry: Events, Exhibitions, Opportunities & Awards

By Art Jewelry Forum

Art Jewelry Forum is pleased to share the news that members of our community find noteworthy. Is something missing? The success of this compilation of compelling events, exhibitions, and items of interest to the jewelry community depends on your participation. If you’re a member of AJF, you can add news and ideas to the monthly report by going here. If you aren't a member, but would like to become one, join AJF by making a donation. Listings gathered with assistance from Carrie Yodanis.



Join the Baltimore Jewelry Center, July 8, 2021, 7 p.m. EST, for a free artist talk with Jessica Andersen. Andersen’s exhibition i found you is on view in the BJC gallery through July 10, 2021. In it she asks, “What can be seen in the objects we keep? What can be said of the objects we discard?” Andersen sourced materials from estate sales, auctions, garage sales, and junk drawers. Her interests address “Thing Theory,” a study of the world of material things: their functions, semiotics, and symbolic and commercial value in regards to their current cultural understanding. She’s concerned with the effect of objects and defined notions of waste in relation to ideas of collection. Her work showcases the form and appeal of everyday detritus in the construction and presentation of jewelry. More info. Register here.


Art with Friends, July 7, 2021, at 6 p.m. EST. Curators Alexandra Ward and John Stuart Gordon, from the Yale University Art Gallery, will share highlights from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection, an important forthcoming gift to the institution that will be installed in spring 2022. Register here.


Perspectives On Patronage, featuring Dr. Joyce J. Scott in conversation with Susan Cummins, July 15, 7–8 p.m. EST. US $20. This intimate gathering, presented by the Washington Project for the Arts, will explore patronage and the artist-patron relationship, offering new perspectives on an age-old concept. Capacity is limited; RSVP to


Body, Fear and Protection, in Lisbon, Portugal, September 16–18, 2021. The first Biennial of Contemporary Jewelry in Lisbon has invited 12 international researchers to reflect on body, fear, and protection in the context of the pandemic, underlining the importance that art has in our daily lives. More information.


Romanian Jewelry Week 2.0 will take place September 30–October 3, 2021—mark your calendars and buy your plane tickets!


Value Chains Reset, the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia, between August 17 and October 10, 2021, $30. Due to the pandemic, sessions that would normally be in one location over two days will be distributed across time and space. Simon Cottrell, Hannah Jago, Andrew Last, Kevin Murray, Mel Young and Mark Edgoose will present. Info and schedule.


The Santa Fe Indian Market is a 99-year-old Native art market—the largest and most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world and the largest cultural event in the Southwest. Over 1,100 Native artists from the US and Canada sell their artwork. Indian Market attracts 150,000 visitors to Santa Fe, NM, US, to take advantage of the opportunity to buy directly from the artists. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. The yearly event will be held August 21–22, 2021.



Divine Legacies in Black Jewelry, at the Metal Museum, in Memphis, TN, July 17–September 11, 2021. Black American jewelers take center stage in an exhibition curated by 2019 SNAG Emerging Curator Grant recipient LaMar R. Gayles, Jr. Surveying works created by Black jewelers from the 1940s to the present day, the exhibition includes 60+ works of jewelry and archival photographs, explores notions of cultural identity in the African diaspora, and contextualizes the practices of Black makers within the larger metalsmithing field.


Tributaries: Tiff Massey | Everyday Arsenal, at the Metal Museum, in Memphis, TN, July 25–September 24, 2021. Interdisciplinary artist Tiff Massey draws on contemporary observances of class and race through the lens of an African diaspora to create a site-specific installation. Massey creates work inspired by African standards of economic vitality, including both large-scale and wearable sculptures, music, and performance. She won AJF’s 2019 Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant.


Wood + Body: Expressions of Contemporary Jewelry, at the Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA, through November 7, 2021. Presents aspirational works of contemporary jewelry by leading international artists who have dedicated their practices to exploring the relationship between the warm, changing, and living material of wood and the human body.


Beautiful Creatures: Jewelry Inspired by the Animal Kingdom, at the American Museum of Natural History, in NYC, through September 19, 2021. Discover some of the world's most spectacular jewelry pieces in a new exhibition that presents more than 100 animal-themed precious jewels created by the world's great jewelry houses and artisans, from Cartier's iconic panthers to Suzanne Belperron’s butterflies.


45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now, at the Museum of Art and Design, in NYC, permanent exhibition. This show contextualizes the bold experimental practices of the field's most compelling artists within the key historical moments that ultimately broadened the scope and reach of art as a wearable medium. Selected by an advisory committee, the featured pieces showcase jewelry artists for whom anything can serve as inspiration. Unlike costume and precious jewelry, the concept takes center stage in these works.


Alexander Calder, Modern from the Start, at MoMA, in NYC, through August 7, 2021. This exhibit brings together Calder’s wire sculptures, metal sculptures, mobiles, and jewelry to showcase a vast career of creativity. Parts of the exhibit can be viewed virtually.


Les Espaces-Satellites, at Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, through July 10, 2021. Quebec artist Gabrielle Desmarais presents her first solo exhibition. The gallery has been transformed into an immersive landscape in which 40+ works are displayed, all of which were created as maquettes of familiar or imagined places. In a metaphorical way, the artist proposes a series of objects-souvenirs representing these places, which only exist in the floating space of our mind once we have left them.


Cities of Steel Cities of Rust, at BaltimoreJewelry Center, in Baltimore, MD, July 17–August 28, 2021; opening reception July 17, 6–9 p.m. This exhibition pairs artists from BJC’s Peer Group and the Allegheny Metals Collective. Each artist chose a local site with personal or iconic significance and started a piece referencing it; they then swapped and completed work made by an artist in the other city. Exchanging partially realized pieces helped break through assumptions.


i found you, BJC Gallery, through July 10, 2021. In this solo exhibition, Jessica Andersen asks what can be seen in the objects we keep. What can be said of the objects we discard? Andersen sourced materials from estate sales, auctions, garage sales, and junk drawers. Objects found and stories collected; some invented, inherited, or bought. A favorite spoon, a paddle, an old toy. What new stories do they have to tell?


Aaron Decker: it's (not) all fun and games and Samuel Gassman: The Dowery of the Faerie Queen, at Ornamentum, in Hudson, NY, through July 18, 2021. Decker’s wearables include monster faces or toothy grins juxtaposed cartoonishly with medieval weapon imagery and adorned with colorful patterns. Gassman, meanwhile, is an outsider artist in contemporary jewelry who makes curious compositions of fabric, metal, and collected historical ephemera housed in hand-made boxes that are intrinsic to the works.