July 15 Student Exhibition DEADLINE

SO FRESH + SO CLEAN - Ethical Metalsmiths 2014 Student Exhibition

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Fresh: Work that's happening now, challenging how we define the field of metalsmithing and jewelry.

Clean:  Looking at how our studio practices impact the environment, and human health.

This exhibition will highlight various ways students are making ethical choices in their studio and creative lives. We encourage students to explore what wise studio practice means to you, and share it through the lens of this exhibition.

The work will be juried by the four members of the Ethical Metalsmiths Student Committee, Kelley Morrison, Lucy Derickson, Jane Barton and Brian Fleetwood. Work accepted will be highlighted in an online exhibition on the Ethical Metalsmiths website.  Exhibitions will be archived on the site for future access, and a catalog will be created for the exhibition and will be available for purchase online.

Students who apply to the show are eligible for the Annual Emerging Artist Award. This award will be given to a student who embraces the greater mission of the Ethical Metalsmith organization through their work. This student will receive $1,000 and numerous accolades including a printed catalog of the Annual Student Exhibition, complimentary membership while you are a student, one year of professional membership upon graduation, an expose on the Ethical Metalsmiths website, and the opportunity for your work to be represented by Ethical Metalsmiths.

Submission Deadlines:

Entry deadline: July 15, 2014
Notification of acceptance: August 15
Exhibition released online: September 15

Entry Fee: $20.00 (Particpants must be student members - student qualification valid up to 2 years after graduation- to apply - you can join EM (valid for 1-year) + Pay exhibition entry fee at the same time)

United States Students:

  • Go to http://ethicalmetalsmiths.org/about-us/become-a-member/ Click on the “Join/Renew” button under the Student heading.
  • Add “EM Student Exhibition Fee” to your cart and check out
  • If you are not a member yet, add the “EM Student Membership fee” to your cart as well before checking out. 
  • Anyone who has graduated within the last two years is eligible for the student membership, and exhibition.

International Students:

  • If you are not already a member of Ethical Metalsmiths, please submit your membership fee and the exhibition fee in one payment of $55.00
  • Go to PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/make-online-payments - If you are not already a PayPal account holder, you will be prompted to set-up an account.
  • Make your donation to Ethical Metalsmiths through Earthworks (our fiscal sponsor) by using this unique email address: info@earthworksaction.org
  • Include a message identifying Ethical Metalsmiths as the donation recipient. 
  • You will receive a confirmation email from PayPal (instantly). 
  • Please alert us that you have submitted your payment by emailing us at mail@ethicalmetalsmiths.org. Include: Full name, address, phone, email address, student status, school attending, expected graduation date and degree, website (if you have one).

Applicant/Submission Requirements:

  • Applicants must be student members of Ethical Metalsmiths. Anyone within two years of graduation is eligible for the student membership. (see payment instructions above)
  • Work must have been made in the last two years.  


  • This is an online exhibition, so high quality professional images are extremely important.
  • You may submit up to 3 artworks, with a maximum of 1 detail image per work. No more then 6 images of finished work should be submitted.
  • Images must be labeled in one of two ways
    • Lastname_firstname_title.jpg
    • Lastname_firstname_title_detail.jpg
  • You may include one additional image (making the total 7 images) of an in-progress or studio shot that relates to the ethical practice mentioned in your statement
    • Lastname_firstname_studio.jpg)
    • Images must be jpgs at 300dpi, and 1280 pixels on the largest side

Bio, Statement, and work info: Submit only one single .doc or .docx.

  • Include first and last name, current level of academic study, school affiliation
  • Include a brief artist bio written in first person, 100 words max.
  • Include an artist statement that expresses the concepts behind your work and what ways you consider ethical or wise practices in your studio. Be creative and think outside the box. We are interested in learning the variety of ways students can consider health (personal and environmental) in their studio practice no matter how small.   300 word max. 
  • Include an image list for each artwork entered including: Title, Dimensions, Materials, Year Completed

Where to apply

  • Send images, and document to emstudentcommittee@gmail.com with subject “So Fresh + So Clean”


  • Send questions to emstudentcommittee@gmail.com with subject “So Fresh +So Clean Question”


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