So Fresh + So Clean Call for Entry: 2017


Call For Entry

4th Annual Ethical Metalsmiths International 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.

This exhibition has two goals: we are searching for the most innovative jewelry and metalsmithing work made within the past 2 years, while creating a platform for an honest dialogue about the what it means to be an Ethical Metalsmith. Students who apply to the exhibition are eligible for the Annual Emerging Artist Award. This award will be given to a student who embraces the greater mission of the Ethical Metalsmiths organization and shows exceptional drive or innovative thinking in their approach to the field of jewelry and metalsmithing in their practice.

We understand a completely sustainable practice is a farfetched notion.  However, becoming aware of the ways our practices impact environmental and human health is the first step in the right direction and 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.

Through the lens of sustainability – what it means to “do the right thing” – the Ethical Metalsmith Student Committee challenges you to investigate your studio, processes, methods, and personal goals. Consider the small everyday actions that may be overlooked (like riding your bike to the studio, or making reusable studio rags from old clothes). What are some of the things happening in your shared studio that regard environmental or personal health? What are some considerations for setting up your own studio? What are some concerns you have regarding metalsmithing processes that you would like to see further researched, or changed? Are there processes or materials you avoid for ethical reasons? Tell us about it, ask questions, and then show us the work you are making!

*Check out the #MakeItEthical Instagram and Facebook campaign for ideas! (And post to be entered in the #MakeItEthcial $100 Rio Grande Gift Certificate raffles)

Submission Deadlines

Call for Entry deadline: June 5th

Notification of acceptance: July 31st

Exhibition released online: Sept 1st


Ethical Metalsmiths Emerging Artist Award: Chosen by Guest Juror Christine Clark and the Ethical Metalsmith Student Committee members.

  • $1000 prize money (Sponsored by Richline Group)
  • Complimentary student membership, and one year of professional membership upon graduation.
  • Work featured on promotional poster, sent to over 200 schools around the world, and handed out at conferences.
  • An expose on the EM students website, including updates, and a spotlight question and answer session.
  • Opportunity for your work to be represented by Ethical Metalsmiths
  • Opportunity to work directly with the EM Student Committee on EMSC related projects

Juror’s Choice: Chosen by this year’s Guest Juror: Christine Clark

  • $500 prize money (Sponsored by Rio Grande)
  • Work featured on promotional poster, sent to over 200 schools around the world, and handed out at conferences.
  • Opportunity to work directly with the EM Student Committee on EMSC related projects

Committee’s Choice: Chosen by Ethical Metalsmith Student Committee

  • $250 prize money (Sponsored by No Dirty Gold)
  • Work featured on promotional poster, sent to over 200 schools around the world, and handed out at conferences.
  • Opportunity to work directly with the EM Student Committee on EMSC related projects

Submission Requirements and Guidelines


This is an online exhibition, so high quality professional images are extremely important.

  • You may submit up to 5 artworks, with a maximum of 2 detail images per work.
  • You are encouraged to include up to 2 images of in-progress or studio shots that highlight your efforts in creating a responsible practice. These are used for the promotion of the show on social media outlets.
  • Images submitted must be .jpgs at 300dpi, and 1280 pixels on the largest side

*Award winners will be contacted for larger print quality that are a minimum of 11 inches on the longest side at 300 DPI. You will not be eligible for the awards if these larger image files are not available.

Images must be labeled in the following way:

  • Lastname_firstname_title.jpg
  • Lastname_firstname_title_detail1.jpg
  • Lastname_firstname_studio1.jpg

Bio, Statement, Topics, and Image list:

 Create one single .doc and attach it along with the images in your submission including:

  • Your current school and student status. Using these format examples:
    • Graduate student, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
    • BFA 2015, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
  • An artist statement (200 words maximum) that expresses concepts behind your work.
  • A responsibility statement (200 words maximum) that expresses what you do in your studio practice that relates to the call for entry mission. Think about how the small things we do can have a big impact over a lifetime. How do you #MakeItEthcial?
  • Image list:
  • Title
  • Materials
  • Dimensions
  • Year Completed
  • Please state Yes or No: This image is available upon request at a minimum 11’’ on the longest side at 300dpi which can be used on promotional posters? Award winners will be required to send larger file sizes. (Applicants without large images available will not be eligible for the awards, but are still eligible for the online exhibition)

 Where to Apply


  • Applicants must be a student member of Ethical Metalsmiths ($35.00 membership fee in the United States, $38.00 membership fee for international students), there is no additional application fee. (see sign up details below)
  • Work must have been made within the last two years

 How to Become a Member

  • 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 under 2 years since you graduated from a degree granting program.
  • United States Students
    • Follow this link (EM Student) click on “add to cart”, and check out
  • International Students (any student outside of the United States)
    • Follow this link to PayPal: If you are not already a PayPal account holder, you will be prompted to set-up an account.
    • Submit your membership donation of $38.00 to EarthWorks (our fiscal sponsor):
    • Include a message identifying Ethical Metalsmiths as the donation recipient
    • You will receive a confirmation email from PayPal (instantly)
    • Notify us that you joined via PayPal by emailing us at
    • In the message please include:
      • full name (and nickname if preferred)
      • website (if you have one),
      • phone
      • email
      • address
      • Student status:

Students currently enrolled:

  • Current school/School recently graduated from
  • Degree you are working towards/degree received
  • Expected graduation/Graduation date

*You will receive a special follow-up email from Ethical Metalsmiths (1-5 days after donating) to share your benefits with you.

 The Jury

Guest Juror: Christine Clark          

Christine Clark is currently a Professor and Head of the Metals Department at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR. Her personal work focuses on installation work in steel wire, abstract sculpture, and mixed materials.  She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions locally and nationally. She is a two-time recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship Grant as well as a Professional Development Grant. She has completed public art commissions on Bainbridge Island, WA and at Eastern Oregon University’s Pierce Library in LaGrande, OR. She has been awarded residencies such as the John Michael Kohler Arts and Industry residency the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Clark is a member of the Nine Gallery, a non-profit alternative art gallery that exhibits experimental and installation-based work in Portland, Oregon. She holds a MFA is from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BFA from the University of Washington in Seattle.          

Ethical Metalsmiths Student Committee Members:

Anne Bujold, Everett Hoffman, Haiyin Liang, and Meg Wachs

You can find more information about your student committee members on the About Us page of the website.

Prospectus Sponors