So Fresh + So Clean: Celebration

Opening celebration for So Fresh + So Clean: Ethical Metalsmiths’ Annual International Juried Digital Student Exhibition and Emerging Artist Award

So Fresh + So Clean Online Exhibition

Celebrate with us! The opening reception will digitally showcase the online exhibition, and the emerging artist recipients.

When: October 3rd 5-7pm

Where: The Depot, 2nd floor
Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts
814 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23284

Why: To launch the international online exhibition and emerging artist competition and acknowledge the ethical jewelry movement in universities around the world that started in Richmond, VA at Virginia Commonwealth University.

We are excited to present to you student and recently graduated artists who are helping us start this global movement. So Fresh + So clean represents artists from five countries on four different continents. These artists are buying materials locally, finding ethically sourced materials, reconsidering their chemical consumption and disposal, exploring fabrication methods, giving life to used or discarded materials, using green packaging materials, and joining like minded community groups all while creating work rich in content and that advances contemporary metalsmithing.

As So Fresh + So Clean spreads to communities across the world remember it is a catalyst to a longer even richer dialogue. We hope that as So Fresh + So Clean and Emerging Artist awards gain momentum we will continue to explore and redefine ethical practice. Join the conversation that will promote awareness and changes that will have lasting effects in shared and personal studio spaces around the world.

“Students are innovators, always trying new things, managing fears and failure – prerequisites for learning – and exposing their ideas to critique. It is their duty to be “So Fresh”. Ethical Metalsmiths is inspired by the students and recent graduates located around the world that took the risk and shared their work and ideas for public exhibition. The statements, a mandatory aspect of the application process, include a range of “So Clean” approaches that reveal the personal values informing best practices.” – Christina Miller, EM Executive Director


Lucy Derickson, Chair EM Students
Susie Ganch, Jewelry and Metalsmithing Area Head, VCU and EM Board and Director of Radical Jewelry Makeover


So Fresh + So Clean Online Exhibition