92nd Street Y’s Jewelry Center Seeks Artist in Residence

The Jewelry Center at the famed 92nd Street Y (92Y) is now accepting applications for its International Jewelry Artist Residency through April 1.

The New York City–based residency allows emerging and established jewelry artists to develop a new body of work at 92Y from Aug. 14 to Sept. 15. It includes a month’s free housing at a 92Y residence, access to a 24-hour private studio work space, and travel expenses to and from New York City. During the last weekend of the residency, the selected jeweler will lead a two-day lecture and workshop at the 92Y Jewelry Center.

The applications are reviewed by a rotating panel of arts and humanities experts and professionals. The winning jeweler or metalsmith will be notified by April 24.

Proposals for the residencies must be compatible to 92Y’s available working studio spaces, facilities, and resources. The proposals are judged based on artistic merit, but the selection process also heavily weighs how the New York City environment will affect or progress the artist’s work. It is open to both mature as well as emerging artists.

Guidelines and application submissions can be seen here.

In 2018, the Jewelry Center chose Amsterdam-based jeweler Ineke Heerkens (pictured) for the residency.

“Now in its third year, this residency is unique,” said Jonathan Wahl, director of 92Y’s Jewelry Center, in a statement. “[It is] the only one solely devoted to jewelry artisans and based in New York City, and we look forward to welcoming another artist.”

The 92Y Jewelry Center houses four fully equipped studios and serves more than 1,400 students a year through 60 weekly classes and workshops on jewelry-making techniques such as enameling, goldsmithing, silversmithing, stone setting, wax carving, and Judaica metalsmithing. Last year, the center hosted a Jewelry Talks series.

The 92Y International Jewelry Artist Residency program is supported by 92Y board member Kathy Chazen.

(Image courtesy of 92Y; credit: Rod Morata/Michael Priest Photography)

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