Design competition to recognize SCAD metals, jewelry students

Together with the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA), the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will host the second annual Student Design Competition during the Atlanta Jewelry Show, Feb. 26-28 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

Themed “Trip To The Movies,” this year’s competition challenged students and alumni from SCAD’s Metals and Jewelry Program to design a commercial piece of jewelry inspired by the style, content, and aesthetics from a particular movie of their choosing. The competition will culminate with an awards presentation, led by special guest judge and award-winning jewelry designer Henry Dunay, on Feb. 27 at the Cobb Galleria.

Dunay will also lead an exclusive seminar for the students, which will allow them a glimpse into the career of a consummate jewelry designer.

“This second annual design competition gives the Southeastern jewelry industry a look into emerging talent right here in our region from one of the country’s foremost jewelry departments,” says Wendy McGar, assistant executive director, SJTA. “The competition will give both organizations the opportunity to encourage and recognize these students, and Dunay’s exclusive seminar will provide insight into the business and creative opportunities our industry can offer to them.”

The competition will be open to current matriculating students and alumni. Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts, including members of the press, industry designers, retail jewelry store owners, SCAD faculty and guest judge Henry Dunay. All pieces will be evaluated on the basis of overall design, marketability, wearability and craftsmanship. Each participant will have to opportunity to place first, second or third in each of the following categories and/or receive the overall award of “Best of Show”.

There are three categories for the competition: Gold and Platinum, Silver, Alternative Materials and Methods, and High-tech Design (using 3D modeling software Rhinoceros).

For more information on the design competition, contact SJTA at 1.800.241.0399 or 404.634.3434.

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