Call for Artists: Museum of Contemporary Craft

Sarah Brown , over at The Museum of Contemporary Craft, wants everyone to know about a new “call for artists:”

Although art jewelry is made with consideration of its relationship to the body, museum exhibitions typically display such works under glass. Often composed of precious and delicate materials, visitors are not allowed to handle – let alone wear – these works of art. Yet many of the messages of art jewelry remain vague or abstract until the viewer becomes the wearer How, then, can the physical experience of wearing art jewelry be presented to a broad audience within a museum environment?
The Museum of Contemporary Craft invites artists to help create an interactive exhibition in a museum setting – one in which the visitor is invited to touch, try on and physically engage art jewelry. For this exhibition, artists are encouraged to explore questions of materiality, construction, design and wearability. Putting aside preciousness, makers of art jewelry are invited to create objects that give audiences the freedom to touch – and temporarily wear – these adornments.

This innovative approach to the exhibition of art jewelry will coincide with Framing � The Art of Jewelry (on view January 19 – May 11, 2008), an exhibition of selected works from the forthcoming Metalsmith: Exhibition in Print 2007, curated by Ellen Lupton. Together, the three exhibitions will provide multiple ways for audiences to consider the art jewelry object: in print, in a museum exhibition and through interaction.

Eligibility: open to international artists and designers
Media: art jewelry/mixed media
Entry fee: $15
Jurors: Rebecca Scheer, Rachelle Thiewes, Namita Gupta Wiggers
Deadline to apply: 5pm on August 15, 2007 – this is not a postmark deadline

For further information contact Kat Perez, Curatorial Assistant at kperez [at] contemporarycrafts [dot]