Halstead Design Challenge

2017 HDC MementoKits sales are closed & the challenge is underway. Thank you!

Exhibition venue during SNAG conference, May 24-27, 2017: RHINO Contemporary Crafts Gallery, The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St, New Orleans, LA

Read an interview with Halstead President, Hilary Halstead Scott>>>

A picture is worth 1000 words. What does your image reveal? Part of your family history, a treasured memory, or an object you want to immortalize? Whatever image you choose, it will be deeply personal and tell your story.

The 2017 Halstead Design Challenge “Memento” asks you to incorporate a photo into a brooch constructed primarily from materials in the Halstead challenge kit. A juried selection from all entries will be exhibited at the SNAG New Orleans Conference in May 2017. Proceeds from entry fees directly benefit SNAG.

Halstead Design Challenge Kit: Receive a 50 pc kit of sterling silver, copper and brass supplies from Halstead to get your creative juices flowing. Your kit will include sheet metal, chain segments, wire, blanks, links, rivets and a few fun beads. Add a photo to create a brooch.  Only 200 Halstead Challenge kits are available, get your hands on them before they are gone. Kit price/entry fee is $39 (includes shipping*), see more details below.

2017 HDC kit

Design Kit Order Form>>> (sold out)

Exhibition & Sale

  • Enter up to 3 images of your finished brooch for a chance to win prizes and an exhibition spot at the upcoming SNAG conference in New Orleans.
  • All submitted 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 will be announced at the exhibition opening.

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

Challenge Specifications

  • Create one brooch from the Halstead Design kit utilizing a minimum of 50% of the kit items in your final work. You are also free to add as many materials from outside of the kit as you like. No material is off limits.
  • Add one clearly visible photo component into your brooch. This can be an original photo in full or part, or a photo copy, an etching, or decal among other options.
  • You can alter any materials you use, including the photo component, in any way you want, i.e. etching, enameling, forming, cutting, photocopying, laminating, etc. Be as adventurous with all the materials as you like!
  • Size restrictions: Maximum: 4 x 4 x 1 inches!
  • Retail price of finished work cannot exceed $500. Higher priced work will not be considered for exhibition.
  • Submit an image of the original photo component you used to create your brooch. We want to see what your starting point was.
  • Submit a written, signed photo release that clarifies and states you are either the copyright holder of the photo component you used in your work or you are authorized to use it. We cannot admit work without such a release accompanying the entry.
  • Send 3 high res images (1 full view front, 1 full view back, 1 detail shot) of the finished work. Partially finished work or sketches will not be considered.

This exhibition is an open call to all metals and/or jewelry artists. SNAG membership is not required, but is encouraged.

Kit Price/Entry Fee
The $39 covers a Halstead Design Challenge kit mailed to you (within USA) and your entry fee.

*Additional shipping fees apply for international applicants (outside of USA). Add a flat fee of $40 for shipping.

No additional fee when submitting images of final work for jurying.

If you have any questions about the kit, please inquire via email prior to sending in fees.

Deadline for submission entry was February 15, 2017. Send submission form, bio, photos and written copyright authorization via DropBox (preferred) or email to halsteadchallenge@hotmail.com

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.

We encourage artists to double box and use the USPS Small Flat Rate Shipping Box if possible. Artist is responsible for cost of shipping and insurance to exhibition venue. Deadline for arrival of shipment at gallery venue is May 10, 2017. A specific shipping address will be forthcoming to accepted artists. Artwork is insured at wholesale price while on gallery premises and during return shipment. Artists attending the conference need to pick up their unsold work from the gallery directly. Return shipping will only be provided by the gallery if artist is not able to attend the conference.

Design kits on sale October 11, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. PST (only 200 kits available, first come first served — last year’s kits were sold out in 24 hours!)
-Deadline for submission entry: February 15, 2017
-Artist notification of exhibition participation: April 15, 2017
-Delivery to RHINO Contemporary Crafts Gallery: on or before May 10, 2017
-Prize winners announced at exhibition opening in New Orleans, please plan to attend

Jurying Process & Jury
The jurying process ensures that the work submitted is of the highest quality and follows the curatorial mission outlined in the proposal. Craftsmanship, dedication to the concept of the show, diversity, intrigue, and interpretation of the call will be considered.

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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