Halstead Design Challenge

2017 HDC MementoSome pieces remain on view through June 21, 2017 at RHINO Contemporary Crafts Gallery, The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St, New Orleans, LA

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The 2017 Halstead Design Challenge “Memento” asked artists to incorporate a photo into a brooch constructed primarily from materials in the Halstead challenge kit. Only 200 challenge kits were available. A juried selection from all entries was exhibited at the SNAG New Orleans Conference in May 2017. Proceeds from entry fees directly benefit SNAG.

2017 Winners

1st Place: Jim Bové, Mnemosyne at the Waters of Lethe
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2nd Place: Thomas Mann, Nude with Wings
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3rd Place: Kelly Jean Conroy, Elipse
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Runners-up: Renee Zettle-Sterling, Xinhao Yang, Jill Tower
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2017 HDC kit

Exhibition & Sale

  • All unsold work will be featured in an online sale/exhibition on SNAG’s website after the conference.

Prizes for Top 3 Winners:

  • Cash prizes ($750 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, $250 for 3rd place)
  • Work enters the permanent Halstead Collection, Prescott, AZ
  • Halstead features artists in video blogs and print publications

Prizes for Top 3 Runners-up:

  • Halstead gift receipts ($100 each runner-up)
  • 1-year membership to SNAG (2 awarded)
  • ¼ page ad in Metalsmith magazine (1 awarded)

Prize winners were announced at the exhibition opening.

Fundraising
This is a fundraiser for SNAG. Proceeds from kit sales and a percentage of work sold will benefit SNAG.

Ownership/Sale
Finished work is owned by the artist until sold. All work submitted must be for sale. Unsold pieces can be picked up after the New Orleans exhibition in person or will be returned via USPS at gallery’s expense.

In case of sale during the exhibition cycle (brick and mortar and online segments), the following split of proceeds applies: artist 50% of retail price, SNAG 25%, RHINO Contemporary Crafts Gallery 25%. The top 3 winners will not be for sale, but will go to Halstead’s permanent collection.

In case of sale after the gallery event, the following split of proceeds applies: artist 50% of retail price, SNAG 50%.

Acceptance into the exhibition constitutes a contractual agreement between the artist and the gallery.

2017 Jury

Hilary Halstead Scott
Scott is the President of Halstead, a wholesale supplier of jewelry chain and materials that was established in 1973. The family owned and operated firm supplies thousands of jewelry artists around the globe. Scott is passionate about helping small jewelry businesses and entrepreneurs. To that end, she founded the Halstead Grant in 2005. The Halstead Grant is a business development program that awards start-up cash and recognition to an emerging jewelry artist each year. The rigorous application process is designed to encourage sound business practices in the jewelry industry. Scott has an MBA and a Masters in International Management. She worked in Madrid, Spain prior to returning to the family business. She is an active member of SNAG and the Women Presidents Organization.

Samantha Skelton
Skelton is a full time jewelry designer located in Fairview, PA creating both limited production and one of a kind pieces that are both delicate and industrial. Skelton graduated from Edinboro University with a BFA in 2009 and Miami University with an MFA in 2012. From there she became the year-long resident artist at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA. Skelton was a finalist in the 2012 Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals at Society for Contemporary Craft, and the 2015 Halstand Grant winner. Along with making jewelry and traveling for shows Skelton also teaches workshops both locally and internationally including a yearly week-long summer workshop at the Faculty of Art and Design, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic.  Skelton is an active member in Society of North American Goldsmiths serving as the Educational Endowment Scholarship Raffle Coordinator.

Brigitte Martin
Martin created the online social network CRAFTHAUS in 2008 to foster camaraderie and professional exchange within the international craft community. As the site’s editor she connects the membership with the larger craft world, while offering a place to show work and discuss thoughts and ideas about craft. Martin founded a Craft Think Tank in 2011 and continues to organize the annual convenings in cooperation with the American Craft Council. Martin published Humor in Craft, which won the FINALIST award at the 2012 USA Best Book Awards and a Gold Medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2013. Martin curates and juries exhibitions nationally and in 2012, CBS Media named her one of the best art curators in Pittsburgh, PA. Martin is president-elect of The Society of North American Goldsmiths in charge of fundraising and a public speaker on topics of social networking, online community, artist development and art entrepreneurship.

Questions? Contact Hilary Halstead Scott & Brigitte Martin at halsteadchallenge@hotmail.com
Please do not contact the gallery with questions.

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