Halstead Design Challenge

HDC Cycle 2019The exhibition will be held as part of Adorned Spaces, at the 2019 SNAG conference in Chicago, IL. During Adorned Spaces, more than 20 pop-up galleries, including the Halstead Design Challenge, will occupy the State Ballroom at the Palmer House Hilton during the conference on Thursday and Friday, May 23 and 24, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Additionally, a special closing reception and sale will be held on Friday, May 24, from 5:00PM – 8:00PM.

What’s old is new again. Karma. Rebirth. Revival.

Any which way you want to look at the topic of CYCLE, explore the 2019 Halstead Design Challenge theme by playing with your ideas on continuity, loops or lifecycles! 2019 is a special year for SNAG as the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary. Such occasions are a time for reflection on the past and the future. Show us your interpretations of repetition or progression, fabrication techniques and creative use of a found object – all brought to life as a neckpiece or pendant!

Stretch your creativity with this inspiring challenge and share your progress online with your fellow community of makers with #HalsteadDesignChallenge. Help raise funds for SNAG while having fun! Proceeds from kit sales and a percentage of work sold benefits SNAG.

2019 Halstead Design Challenge Kit – KITS ARE SOLD OUT/DEADLINE HAS PASSED
Receive a 50-piece kit of sterling silver, copper, and brass supplies to get you started. Your kit includes sheet metal, chain segments, wire, metal blanks, and beads. Create a necklace or pendant under 6” x 6” x 1”. Only 200 Halstead Challenge kits are available, get your hands on them before they are gone. Last year’s kits sold out within 24 hours.

HDC 2019 Cycle KitKit transfer: Kits are transferable. If artists cannot use their kits and there is still a reasonable amount of time before the deadline (February 15, 2019), feel free to send your kit to a fellow maker and email us who that person is and their contact information.

Within the USA: $43.50
Outside the USA: $83.50
International Terms & Conditions (shipping to locations outside of USA): $43.50 kit fee + $40 international shipping fee = $83.50 charge plus additional terms and conditions:
Please note that if you are ordering from outside the USA you MUST chose the “Halstead International Shipping” option during check out. If you fail to chose the correct shipping option we will remove you from the order list.
Kits are shipped out internationally with a commercial invoice. We cannot falsify declarations.
You are responsible for any duties or tariffs from your home country on kit materials. You cannot refuse to pay duties once a package is in transit. Please find out your obligations before ordering a kit.
You will be responsible for shipping fees, insurance and any import duties to send your necklace or pendant to the exhibition if it is included in the juried exhibition. Please also plan for additional transit and clearance time ahead of the deadline.
If you have any questions please inquire before completing purchase.

Exhibition (2 parts)
(1)    Enter up to 3 high resolution images and a YouTube video link showing the piece in its entirety for a chance to win prizes and an exhibition spot at the upcoming SNAG conference in Chicago. Please use a horizontal format for your video.
(2)   After the conference, all submitted work will be featured in an online sale exhibition on SNAG’s website. To be included in the online exhibition, images must meet quality specifications. (See photo submission guidelines)

2019 Prizes
Prize winners will be announced during the conference in Chicago, IL!

Top 3 Winners:
– Cash prizes ($750 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, $250 for 3rd place)
– Halstead features artists in video, blogs and print publications.

Top 3 Runners-up:
– Halstead gift receipts ($100 ea. runner-up)
– 1 year free membership to SNAG (2 awarded)
– Free ¼ page ad in Metalsmith magazine (1 awarded)

This design challenge is a fundraiser for SNAG. Proceeds from kit sales and 25% of work sold at retail price will benefit SNAG. All submissions must be for sale.

Challenge Specifications
1.    Create one necklace or pendant from the Halstead Design Kit utilizing as many components as possible (minimum 50% of kit items should be used in final work).
2.    Add at least one clearly visible found object component into your jewelry piece.
3.    Size restrictions: Maximum: 6 x 6 x 1 inches and must fit in a MEDIUM USPS flat rate box, or smaller, when your item is double boxed! Your package has to withstand a 30 foot drop during shipping. If you submit a pendant, please limit the weight to 35 grams (1.2 troy ounces) so it can reasonably hang from a standard chain necklace, or provide a chain that can support your focal piece.
4.    Retail price of finished items must be between $249 – $500 (higher priced work will not be considered for exhibition).
5.    The submission form requests to clearly state who the copyright holder of your image and video is. We cannot admit work without such a statement.
6.    Send 3 high res images (1 full view front, 1 full view back, 1 detail shot) of finished work on a plain white background (preferred) and a link to YouTube with a maximum 20 second video of any hidden features. Partially finished work or sketches will not be considered. (See photo submission guidelines)

This exhibition is an open call to metals and/or jewelry artists who reside in the USA. Artists residing outside of the USA are eligible to participate but need to be aware of the specific shipping and customs requirements this entails when the kit is sent to them as well as any artwork that may have to be shipped into the USA for exhibition purposes. SNAG membership is not required but always encouraged.

Application Fee
See the above kit price information. There are no additional fees when submitting images of final work for jurying. The kit fee is the entry fee.

●    Finished work is owned by the artist until sold.
●    All work submitted must be for sale through the time of exhibition, including the online exhibition component.
●    Unsold pieces should be picked up by the artist or a designated person immediately after the Chicago exhibition. In case the artist is not present at the conference, the artwork will be returned in its original package at Halstead Design Challenge expense provided the package meets maximum size specifications (USPS MEDIUM Flat Rate Box) and the original packaging materials are suitable for reuse. Packages exceeding maximum size will be returned at artist’s expense.
●    In case of a sale during the exhibition cycle (brick and mortar and online segments) the following split of proceeds applies:
75% of retail price goes to the artist.
25% of retail price goes to SNAG.
●    All administration of sales will be handled by SNAG.

Shipping and Insurance
Double box your artwork and use USPS MEDIUM Flat Rate Box as the outer container. Plan ahead and make sure your design concept can fit in the inner box!

Artist is responsible for cost of shipping and insurance to exhibition venue. Deadline for arrival of shipment at specified venue on or before May 10, 2019. A specific shipping address will be sent to all accepted artists. If an accepted artist will be attending the Chicago conference in person, they may elect to bring the submission to the event themselves.

Artwork is insured at 50% of retail price while on venue premises and during return shipment.

Exhibition Contracts
Acceptance into the exhibition constitutes a contractual agreement between the artist and the exhibition venue. A formal contract will be sent to exhibiting artists together with a condition report form and other information relating to the shipment of the work.

Kits are available starting October 16, 2018 and will be available until sold out or until February 15, 2019. First come first served. Only 200 kits available! Last year’s kits were sold out in 24 hours.

Deadline for submission entry is February 15, 2019. SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS PASSED
Send submission form, bio, photos, video link via Google Docs (preferred) or email to HDC@halsteadbead.com

Artist notification of exhibition participation is April 15, 2019.
Deadline for arrival of shipment at specified venue on or before May 10, 2019.

Prize winners will be announced during the SNAG conference in Chicago, IL, May 22-25, 2019. Please plan to attend.

Questions? Contact Halstead at HDC@halsteadbead.com

Jurying Process
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.

2019 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 The Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Women Presidents Organization.

Jim Bové
Bové is a practicing artist, educator and former board member of SNAG. He has organized and curated several international exhibitions and lectures between the United States and Japan, including the cross-cultural exchange, Metalsmiths Linking. He recently completed an artist residency in Portugal where he explored landscape inspired forms. Jim’s artwork was selected for Metalsmith magazine’s Exhibition in Print, ‘Fresh’. His artwork has been featured in several books, Humor in Craft, 500 Art Necklaces, On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets and most recently in Cast. His artwork resides in collections in the United States, Japan and was awarded Honorable Mention in the Cheongju Craft Biennale, South Korea and was accepted into Schmuck as well as being exhibited in the Taiwan International Metals Crafts Competition.

Brigitte Martin
Martin is currently the Executive Director of The Furniture Society. She 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 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 she is a regularly contributing writer for American Craft Magazine. Martin is a past-president of SNAG and a public speaker on topics of social networking, online community, artist development and art entrepreneurship.

Questions? Contact Halstead at HDC@halsteadbead.com

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The past exhibitions and sales can be viewed at SNAG//SPACE.

Read a 2017 interview with Halstead President, Hilary Halstead Scott