On Monday, 92Y’s Jewelry Center announced that it’s accepting applications from jewelry designers and metalsmiths for its high-profile International Jewelry Residency Program. Artists have until April 1 to submit applications.
The annual residency, which funds living expenses and provides workshop space for a single designer in downtown New York City for a month, was created for “cutting-edge” emerging and established jewelry artists. The 2020 residency—the fourth for the Jewelry Center—is scheduled for Aug. 19–Sept. 20.
The Jewelry Center’s juries have favored artists with a clear point of view and a narrow focus: Göran Kling, the center’s first resident artist in 2017, is an edgy Swedish goldsmith whose work is directly inspired by American hip-hop culture. Amsterdam-based jeweler Ineke Heerkens, whose work centers on large, cast ceramic beads that resemble shells, won the 2018 residency. And Estonian jeweler Claudia Lepik, whose specialty is metal face jewelry (think chained face masks), nabbed the 2019 spot.
The Jewelry Residency includes accommodations in a studio apartment with a private bathroom and kitchenette in the 92Y Residence, access to a 24-hour private studio working space, travel expenses to and from New York City, and the “opportunity for an artist to share their distinct aesthetic, technical, or design style with the New York City design community through a two-day lecture and workshop at the 92Y Jewelry Center during the last weekend of the residency,” according to a statement from the Jewelry Center.
This year’s jury will be composed of a panel of experts and professionals in the arts and humanities, according to the same statement. The selected jeweler or metalsmith will be notified by April 23.
The Jewelry Center serves more than 1,400 students a year through 60 weekly classes, weekend workshops, and visiting artists.
Guidelines and application for the 2020 residency are available here.
Top: Jewelry by Claudia Lepik, the Jewelry Center’s 2019 resident designer (image via: @claudia.lepik)
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