REFINED: Back to Basics
Entry Fee: $35.00
Application deadline: November 6, 2009
$1,500 will be awarded at the juror’s discretion.

All applications for REFINED will be accepted through (CAFÉ).

Oppi Untracht reminded us that “craftsmanship is the key that opens the door to the creative experience by which each of us…can realize the psychological and physical satisfactions which our minds and bodies require.” As both artists and craftsmen, we, as metalsmiths, still cling to making beautiful and engaging objects in addition to exploring ideas and new contextual frameworks.

REFINED: Back to Basics calls to artists to use metalworking and jewelry techniques to both glorify craftsmanship and provide relevant content in their work. As contemporary artists, we are obligated to nod to the traditions of our past while leaving a definable mark for future generations to decipher. Please join us in celebrating the many themes and working practices of metalworking artists from across the world.

Lisa Gralnick is an artist and professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gralnick’s work is in the collections of the American Craft Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, among others. She received her MFA from SUNY New Paltz. Past jurors for the event have included L. Brent Kington, Munya Avigail Upin and James Snyder, Jennifer Sholtis and Dr. David A. Lewis, and Charon Kransen.

This exhibition is open to any artists whose jewelry responds to the theme: Back to Basics. All work must be original and completed within the last two years. Submitted works are open to a full range of processes and materials.

A maximum of FIVE entries per artist is permitted. Two views of each work are allowed (second views and detail shots must be clearly labeled as view #2). Two-dimensional work may not exceed 60 inches in any in its longest dimension nor weigh more than 75 lbs. Artists may not substitute another work for an accepted work, alter a work or the sales price, nor withdraw a work after it has been accepted. The SFA Gallery Director reserves the right to refuse any entry which does not match the images submitted or meet the criteria enumerated here. All applications for REFINED will be accepted through

Artists must arrange and pay for shipment of their work and any insurance coverage during shipment to the exhibit. The SFA Gallery will pay for the return shipment of the work to artists using the carrier of the SFA Gallery’s choice.

A publication will accompany the exhibit. REFINED’s 2008 catalog can be seen here:

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