NICHE magazine is accepting applications for the 2011 NICHE Awards Competition. The NICHE Awards annually celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian craft. Categories include Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Wood, Jewelry and more. There are new categories this year including: basketry, outdoor art, wedding jewelry, paper, and religious/inspirational art. Finalists are invited to display their work in the NICHE Awards exhibit at the winter Buyers Market of American Craft, February 18-21, 2011, in Philadelphia. Winners are announced at a special ceremony held during the winter 2011 Buyers Market and featured in the Spring 2011 issue of NICHE. Judging of entries is based on three main criteria: technical excellence, both in surface design and form, a distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought and market viability (professional entries only). The entry deadline for the professional division is September 17, 2010. The deadline for student entries is September 30, 2010. The entry fee is $40 for professionals and $18 for students.
Apply online at http://www.NICHEAwards.com.
2011 NICHE Awards (Professional division)
2011 NICHE Awards (Student division)
For more information e-mail Erin Hartz: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 410-889-2933, ext. 206
Sponsors $6,000 Jewelry Business Development Grant
Prescott, AZ January, 2010 Halstead Bead, Inc. is calling for entries to its fifth annual Business Development Grant competition for new American jewelry designers entering the bridge jewelry trade. The deadline for packet submissions is June 9, 2010. The winner of the 2010 Grant will receive $6,000 in cash and merchandise as well as other benefits.
The Halstead Bead Business Development Grant differs from other jewelry industry competitions and awards because of its emphasis on business skills. Entrants must demonstrate not only extraordinary design, but also a strong business strategy. The application experience promotes the business planning required to make a jewelry brand commercially viable at the national level in todays competitive market.
Designers utilizing a wide variety of fabrication techniques including casting, lampworking, metal clay, beading, or metalsmithing are eligible to enter the competition. Candidates must be US citizens who began their businesses after January 1, 2007. Their design companies must focus on bridge jewelry which is the segment between costume jewelry and fine jewelry that includes accessories in sterling silver, Argentium, semi-precious stones, crystal, freshwater pearls and other similar materials.
Complete application details can be found at http://www.halsteadbead.com/Grant. Candidates must submit a design portfolio, resume and answers to several business planning questions. Applications must be received between April 15 and June 9, 2010. The grant website also includes several helpful articles on launching a national jewelry brand as well as information on past winners and finalists. Previous grant winners include VOSTENAKstudios, Bridgland Studios, Belle Brooke Designs, and Ananda Khalsa Jewelry.
The grant sponsor, Halstead Bead, Inc., is one of North Americas leading jewelry supply wholesalers. The firm was established 37 years ago and now supplies thousands of component resellers and jewelry manufacturers around the globe. Halstead Bead, Inc. is wholesale only and sells findings, chain, wire, sheet & beads for the bridge jewelry segment.
Sponsors $6,000 Jewelry Business Development Grant
Award: $6,000 in
start-up cash and materials
Halstead Bead, Inc. is calling for entries to its fourth annual Business Development Grant competition for new American jewelry designers entering the bridge jewelry trade. The grant will be awarded to a winning candidate in August. All finalists will be eligible for a mentorship program that matches new designers with established and successful jewelry entrepreneurs.
The Halstead Bead Business Development Grant differs from other jewelry industry competitions and awards because of its emphasis on business skills. Entrants must demonstrate not only extraordinary design, but also a strong business strategy.
Designers utilizing a wide variety of fabrication techniques including casting, metalsmithing, lampworking, precious metal clay, or beading are eligible to enter the competition. Candidates must be US citizens who began their businesses after January 1, 2006. Previous grant winners include Bridgland Studios, Belle Brooke Designs, and Ananda Khalsa Jewelry.
National Craft Triennial
December 23, 2008
If possible, would you please send a copy of the printed article, newsletter, or other publication which lists our call for entry information to: CRAFT USA, Silvermine Guild Galleries, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, CT 06840.
Kock, Office/Facilities Manager
Silver Award:A Challenge
The SilverArt foundation, located in the silver city of Schoonhoven is inviting silversmiths, designers and artists to take part in an international silversmithing competition. SilverArt was founded in 2001 and this is the fourth time it will be organizing a competition for the Schoonhoven Silver Award and accompanying exhibitions. Through this, the foundation wants to achieve its most important aim, namely to bring contemporary "large works in silver" to the attention of a broad audience of art-lovers. We hereby invite artists from all over the world to compete for this glorious prize.
A qualified jury will judge all the entries to this. The Jury comprises: Annabelle Birnie, head of ING Art Management, Jury Chair Sjarel Ex, director of Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam Ineke Middag, director of the Singer Museum in Laren.
The winner will receive the "Schoonhoven Silver Award", a prize of 7,000, made available by Schoonhoven City Council. The foundation aims to have the exhibition tour internationally once the silver works have first been exhibited in De Watertoren in Schoonhoven.
The theme for the 2008/2009 design competition is "Poetry in Silver"
The SilverArt Foundation invites silversmiths, designers and artists to participate in the selection for this competition and the resulting exhibitions. You can enter this competition by sending documentation to: SilverArt Foundation, Bij de Watertoren 25, 2871 SW, Schoonhoven, The Netherlands; before April 12th 2008. This documentation must include clear pictures of your work together with your name, address, date of birth, telephone number and email address. Collaboration between artists is permitted.
Could you please arrange this documentation in such a way that the Jury can effectively get a good idea of your work? For this reason email with attachments cannot be accepted.
Based on the documentation the Jury will select the entrants who will be invited to participate in the design competition. In principle all entrants of whom the Jury is convinced that they can skillfully make a silver object (or have it made) will be accepted. We shall ensure that the documentation is returned as quickly as possible. All Jury decisions are binding.
The participants invited by the Jury to take part in the competition will be asked to make one object in silver with the theme of "Poetry in Silver". This object must be original and recently made. It must not have been previously shown at an international exhibition or have been portrayed in a catalogue.
The object must be predominantly made of silver. Other materials may be used, but these must not affect the character of the silverwork. The size of the work must be at least 60 centimeters as the sum of length, width and height. This expressly excludes jewelry.
The pieces must be received in Schoonhoven by January 15th 2009 at the latest.
The Jury will judge the objects that have been entered and select the winner of the Schoonhoven Silver Award 2009.
All pieces accepted will be exhibited in De Watertoren in Schoonhoven from April 3rd to June 28th 2009. The pieces must remain available to the organization until the end of 2009 for the anticipated subsequent exhibitions.
The SilverArt Foundation will publish a catalogue to accompany the exhibition, in which all the works will be represented with a photo, name and title.
Sufficient copies will be printed for each participant to be given their own catalogue and it will be possible for participants to order further copies.
For more information concerning this design competition please send an email with return address and the subject line: "poetry in silver".
The address is: email@example.com. Additional information is also available on the website: http://www.zilverkunst.nl