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Jewelry and Objects Exhibition 2016

April 29, 2016 by Christine Bossler

The Michigan Silversmiths Guild is pleased to present the Jewelry and Objects 2016 exhibition, juried by Billie Thiede. The exhibition will be held at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI from September 9 to October 15, 2016. The J&O show is a competitive metalsmithing and jewelry exhibition sponsored by The Michigan Silversmiths Guild in Collaboration with the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. The Juror Billie Theide is Professor of Art and Chair of Crafts and Metal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and a BFA from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She is the recipient of a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and five Artists Fellowship Grants from the Illinois Arts Council. Her creative work has been included in over four hundred invitational, competitive, group, and one-person exhibitions. She is a Distinguished Member and Past-President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Halstead Grant 2016 Call for Entries!

February 14, 2016 by Julie Sanford

Halstead, Inc. is CALLING FOR ENTRIES for the 11th Annual Business Grant Competition. Win start-up funds, jewelry materials, media exposure and recognition by the only business grant competition of its kind in the industry. Halstead is proud to support American jewelry designers every day with our great products & services as well as this development program. About the Halstead Grant The Halstead Grant competition began in 2006 to inspire the pursuit of excellence in design and business practices in the jewelry arts community. Halstead Scott says, The health of the jewelry industry depends on the continuous flow of new talent and design creativity. The Grant has helped talented jewelry artists gain a foothold in this challenging field. POSTMARK DEADLINE: Aug. 1st, 2016

ANNOUNCING THE $20K SUSAN BEECH MID-CAREER GRANT

July 19, 2016 by Julie Sanford

Susan Beech,  Prestigious new international competition for mid-career artists Mill Valley, California, USA--Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is pleased to announce a new international grant opportunity for mid-career artists established by San Francisco-based jewelry collector Susan Beech. The objective of this grant is to recognize a mid-career artist who has made a substantial contribution to the field and to provide resources for the artist to develop and implement a significant jewelry-related project that she/he would not otherwise have the ability to undertake. This grant will alternate with the ongoing AJF Artist Award program, which will run again in 2018. The Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant is open to makers between the ages of 35 and 55 at the time of the proposal deadline. Artists submitting proposals must have an active and ongoing exhibition record and not be enrolled in a professional training program. The proposed project should be about jewelry, loosely defined. There must be a specific outcome to the project, and it must be completed within a two-year time frame. Examples could include (but are not limited to) creation of a new body of work; a book, catalog, or other publication; research and development (including travel study); or performance art involving jewelry. A proposed budget must be included as part of the proposal. The grant recipient will receive a grant of $20,000, to be paid over the two years in which the project will be implemented.Grant proposals must include: A one-page biography of the artist A two-page project proposal outlining the project including an explanation of how the grant will help support the artist's work and career and enhance the field A one-page detailed budget, A project proposal portfolio of five images that support/define/clarify the project proposal The jury of distinguished professionals for this inaugural grant cycle will be: grant founder and collector Susan Beech (United States); internationally recognized maker and academic Iris Eichenberg (Germany/United States); and curator of modern and the Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Cindi Strauss (United States).


Save the Date! 2017 SNAG Conference

July 15, 2016 by Julie Sanford

May 24-27, 2017 New Orleans Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal St, New Orleans, LANicknamed the Big Easy, New Orleans is known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene, and exceptional cuisine. A melting pot of French, African, and American cultures, it is one of the countrys most culturally and historically-rich cities. Its beauty, mystery and continuous regeneration is the perfect backdrop and inspiration for SNAGs 46th conference, NEXUS: A Connection of Ideas.Nexus: A Connection of Ideas will focus on motivating thinkers, collectors, and makers to bring new and old, materials, techniques, and ideas together in a true New Orleans celebration.

Call for Entry - Demonstrators and Volunteers for MSG Ann Arbor Art Fair Booth

May 14, 2016 by Mary Kernahan

MSG is seeking artists to demonstrate at this years Ann Arbor Art Fair Booth. In keeping with the Guilds mission to educate others about the craft of metalsmithing, the Guild is providing demonstrations of metalsmithing techniques throughout the Art Fair. In return for providing a demo, on the day of the demo participating members will be able to display and sell work that is related to or derivative of the technique demonstrated. Its a wonderful way to gain some art fair experience and have the chance to sell your work! All current MSG members are eligible to apply. More information and a downloadable application may be found on the website at http://misilversmith.org/documents/Call_for_Demo_2016.pdf

Annual MSG Holiday Party 2016 and Studio Tour Hosted by Paul Mergen

March 19, 2016 by Mary Kernahan

Join MSG for a day of fun, fellowship and food at Paul Mergens studio in Portage, MI. Browse Paul's work, enjoy some of his fabulous hammer demos, and learn a new skill as he shares his twine making techniques using roadside weeds. The party will take place Saturday April 23, from noon till 10 p.m. This year's holiday party is potluck style with catering and beverages provided. Due to space limitations attendance is limited to 25 people. To reserve your spot send your RSVP to Carol Tomasso at carol021772@yahoo.com. The deadline is April 16, but sign up early!

Michael David Sturlin-Fabricated settings, 4 settings in 5 days


Take your jewelry designs to the next level and learn to hand fabricate professional custom settings for faceted stones that can be used to elevate the look and quality of your bench made jewelry. Techniques include:Wire Basket, Carved Rod, Intersecting Sheet and Tapered Bezels. This technical, skill building workshop is a full jewelry course taught in 5 days by one of the most respected and sought after instructors. Michael David Sturlin will be sharing many bench tips including proper technique, organization, efficiency and professional development as he leads you in fabricating hand made settings.


Mokume Gane-Patterning, Processing and Fabricating


Fabricate and dramatically pattern your own one-of-a-kind, mokume gane sheet and wire in this 2 day workshop, taught by Julie Sanford. Use pre-laminated brass and copper billets and rod to create intricately patterned sheet and wire to use in fabricated projects. Students will: Learn to pattern their own sheet, Learn how to twist & pattern wire, See demos of fabricating with sheet and making rings with wire, Have time to practice techniques and make jewelry with their new material as time allows. Call the studio or visit the website for more information.