So Fresh + So Clean — Call for Entry 2019

6th Annual Ethical Metalsmiths International Online Student Exhibition and Emerging Artist Award

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

Clean: Objectively looking at where our studio practices intersect with environmental concerns and human health.

Check out the #MakeItEthical Instagram campaign for ideas!

EM Students at SNAG! Come to our Educators Table at SNAG this year and grab a studio rag!

PHoto Credit: Ho Oi Ying Valerie, 2018

PHoto Credit: Ho Oi Ying Valerie, 2018

Call For Entry Mission

A Letter from 2019 EM Student Jury:

We would like So Fresh + So Clean 2019 applicants to deeply consider how their work & studio practice builds on EM Student's dedication to innovative thinking in their approach to the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. It is our hope to foster a generous, honest and investigative conversation around the many ways we evolve our studio and work in an ever shifting world. In this spirit of re-imagining what a practice can look like from an ethical perspective, EM Student’s is also interested in how this outlook affects your creative output. How does an ethical practice inform your work and push you to discovery, transformation and innovation? Where does your work fit in today’s contemporary practice in fresh and exciting new ways?  

-Taylor Zarkades King and Andy Lowrie
EM Students: VCU Chapter


Ethical Metalsmith Students (EM Students) is examining what it means to be an artist in the 21st century by curating the most innovative jewelry and metalsmithing work made within the past 2 years. Applicants (see eligibility and requirements below) will be automatically considered for the Annual Emerging Artist Award. This award will be given to a student who embraces the greater mission of the Ethical Metalsmiths organization, which is to inspire responsible jewelry practices through education, connection and action. The awarded Emerging Artist demonstrates an exceptional drive for innovative thinking in their approach to the field of jewelry and metalsmithing, both through the work they create and the conscious studio they maintain.  

We understand a completely sustainable practice is an ever-evolving goal. However, the first step is becoming aware of the ways our work impacts environmental and human health. It adds an important layer to the creative decision making of artists. Becoming a member of Ethical Metalsmiths is one small step that places you within this essential dialogue.

Photo credit: Eunsil leem, 2017

Photo credit: Eunsil leem, 2017


Work submitted must have been made within the last 2 years.

Applicants must be a current student level member of Ethical Metalsmiths by the Call for Entry deadline. Membership lasts 1 year.

How EM defines student level membership:
You are eligible for EM Student membership if you have enrolled in a Jewelry or Metalsmithing related course at a high school, college, craft school, or workshop during the current year of student membership, or if it has been less than 2 years since you graduated from a degree granting program.


How to Become a EM Student Member
Follow this link to become a Copper Level Member:

*All student members will receive a profile on the EM Students home page. Make sure to complete the sign up form, and send your profile image as instructed. Look forward to your welcome post on Instagram. (follow us on IG @EMStudents)

Photo Credit: Gretal Ferguson, 2018

Photo Credit: Gretal Ferguson, 2018


Call for Entry deadline: June 8th
Notification of acceptance: July 15th
Exhibition Launch: September 1st
Emerging Artist Page launch: October 1st


$1,000 Ethical Metalsmiths Emerging Artist Award
Chosen by Guest Juror Sarah Rachel Brown and the VCU Chapter of EM Students.

Emerging artist will also receive an exposé on the EM Students website, including updates and a spotlight interview.
Award Sponsored by: Richline Group

$500 Guest Juror’s Choice Award
Chosen by Guest Juror Sarah Rachel Brown
Award sponsored by: Rio Grande

$250 EM Student’s Choice Award
Chosen by the VCU chapter of EM Students
Award sponsored by: No Dirty Gold

All 3 award winners will:

  • Have work featured on promotional poster, sent to over 200 schools around the world.

  • Have the opportunity for your work to be represented by Ethical Metalsmiths in print and online.

  • Have the opportunity to work directly with EM Students on projects.

Thank You to our Award Sponsors


Photo Credit: MJ Tyson, 2017

Photo Credit: MJ Tyson, 2017

Where to Apply

Email images, application supporting materials and questions to

Use subject line: SFSC 2019

*By sending us your images and statement you agree to allow Ethical Metalsmiths and EM Students use them for promotional materials and social media posts regardless of acceptance into the exhibition. You will be credited whenever your image is used.


Submission Requirements and Guidelines

Image Requirements:

Image size: 2500 pixels shortest side, 300 resolution
This is an online exhibition, so professional quality images are essential.
You may submit a maximum of 5 artworks, and up to 2 detail images per work.

You are encouraged to include up to 3 images of in-progress or studio shots that highlight your efforts in creating a responsible practice. We will use these in social media posts leading up to the exhibition launch, and throughout the year.

Images must be labeled in the following way:
lastname_title_detail_a.jpg or  lastname_title_detail_b.jpg
lastname_studio_a.jpg or lastname_inprogress_b.jpg

Application Supporting Document Requirements:

Create a single Word doc. and attach it, along with the images, in your email submission:

  1. Student Status in the following format:
    Degree title and date received (or to be received), Name of School, Country
    Example: Bachelor of Fine Arts 2020, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

  2. Artist statement (200 words maximum)

  3. Responsibility statement (200 words maximum) How you see yourself or your work fitting with the mission statement (see page one).

  4. Image list in the following format:
    Your First Name Last name | Title of Work
    Year completed. Material, material, material, dimensions

  5. Optional: Name of lead professor, and mailing address for the metalsmithing department of your school (we will send your school a show poster).

The Jurors  

Photo credit: mercedes jelinek

Photo credit: mercedes jelinek


2019 Guest Juror: Sarah Rachel Brown
Sarah Rachel Brown is an adornment artist located in Philadelphia where she is a member of the JV Collective, a collaborative contemporary jewelry studio. Beyond her studio practice, Sarah contributes to the contemporary jewelry field through her podcast Perceived Value, as a contributing writer for Metalsmith Magazine, and as Art Jewelry Forum’s US Ambassador. Sarah has been an artist-in-residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, a Core Fellow at the Penland School of Craft, and received her education through a 3-year apprenticeship with Seattle based jeweler, Sarah Loertscher. Sarah has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently during the inaugural NYCJW.


EM Students, Chapter: Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Taylor Zarkades King
Andy Lowrie

You can find more information about the members of the EM Students: VCU Chapter on their profile page: