ART JEWELRY FORUM ARTIST AWARD FINALISTS
FRIDAY MARCH 11, 17-20
EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL MARCH 19, 2016
Recognized for their promise, innovation, and individuality, the artists
selected as finalists for the 2016 AJF Artist Award are: Lynn Batchelder,
Seth Papac, Carina Shoshtary, Aric Verrastro, and Timothy Veske-McMahon.
these five rising artists, Lynn Batchelder was awarded winner of the 2016
prize. Batchelder's studio practice relies on a drawing process where
forms and ideas develop intuitively, and industrial steel is rendered
as transparent and delicate as a line drawn by hand. Batchelder earned
an MFA in metal from State University of New York at New Paltz, New York,
USA, in 2013.
Carina Shoshtary transforms found materials from her immediate surroundings
into pieces that appear to be artifacts of a past civilization, or fossils
from another planet. Shoshtary was a master's student under Professor
Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, graduating in 2012.
Seth Papac draws upon the motifs of Southern California life to create
objects with varying physical relationships to the body, utilizing the
vocabulary of both jewelry and architecture. Papac is a 2009 graduate
of the MFA program in metals/jewelry at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield
Hills, Michigan, USA.
Aric Verrastro uses the contrast of steel and thread and architectural,
modular forms to express the vitality of the urban human experience. Verrastro
received an MFA in metalsmithing/jewelry from Indiana University, Bloomington,
Indiana, USA, in 2015. Timothy Veske- McMahon's pieces are surprising
and visually arresting, offering complex social observations while at
the same time remaining very wearable. Also a graduate of Cranbrook Academy
of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA, Veske-McMahon earned an MFA in
metalsmithing in 2013.
This year's jury of distinguished professionals in the art jewelry field
included: Philip Clarke (New Zealand), inaugural director of Objectspace;
2014 Artist Award winner Seulgi Kwon (South Korea); and AJF board member
and collector Susan Kempin (United States).
The 2016 AJF Artist Award provides tangible support for developing artists
at a pivotal early stage of their careers, in the form of a US$7500 cash
prize for the winner, along with a one-year professional membership to
AJF, and a coveted Schmuck exhibition spot during Munich Jewelry Week
for each of the five finalists. The 2016 competition was open to makers
of wearable art jewelry who are less than 35 years of age and not currently
enrolled in a professional training program. The AJF Artist Award was
generously funded by Susan Beech and Karen and Michael Rotenberg.
Art Jewelry Forum is a nonprofit organization spreading awareness and
increasing appreciation of art jewelry worldwide since 1997. AJF advocates
for art jewelry through an ambitious agenda of education, conversation,
and financial support. It commissions critical writing that sets the standard
for excellence in the field and publishes artjewelryforum.org, an online
resource for original content on art jewelry.