Call to Artists

Lakewood Festival of the Arts – Special Exhibit

Brilliant! Jewelers Making Statements

Deadline: February 2, 2020

The 57th annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is seeking local, national and international artists for three distinct art exhibits. Each exhibit highlights a unique art medium and theme, and all work will be seen by nearly 25,000 Festival goers this June 26-28, 2020. This year’s exhibits include:

Scope of the Exhibit – Each year the Special Exhibit strives to explore a single art medium through the display of high quality and diverse work from both invited and juried artists. As part of their large community celebration of art, the Special Exhibit seeks to educate, inform and inspire visitors regarding each year’s featured art form.

Exhibit Theme – Brilliant! Jewelers Making Statements showcases unique wearable works of art that defy the traditional definition of jewelry. The current trend in statement jewelry emphasizes the identity and values of the wearer, and the term “statement jewelry” itself has become a catch-all for jewelry makers. This made us curious: when given the opportunity to pursue their own aspirations instead of those of the wearer, what will jewelers choose to express? How do they consider the modern-day artist’s philosophy, feeling, vision, or cultural commentary, and how do they apply these concepts within their work? In addition, what does it take for jewelry to be elevated from not only a statement but to an art form?

Artists are asked to submit up to three one-of-a-kind wearable works that communicate an idea, explore a concept, or challenge a perception. Artists need not limit themselves to the use of traditional jewelry materials. All works must be accompanied by a written statement explaining the concept behind each piece. Statements can be as short as one sentence, with a maximum length of 350 words. Both the work and the statement will be considered by the jurors.

To Apply – For more information on the call, jury process, and to access the application, please visit: https://www.lakewood-center.org/pages/Special-Exhibit-call-for-entry-2020

The Festival – This event is hosted at the Lakewood Center and George Rogers Park in downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon. The Festival includes six unique art exhibits, including more than 600 local, national, and international artists. Visitors can experience live music on two stages, performances, kids activities, artist demos, and a variety of food. It’s free to the public (donations encouraged) and attracts nearly 25,000 guests each year.

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