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Juried Exhibitions

The exhibitions will travel in 2015 - 2016
Montserrat Collage of Art, Beverly, MA Summer 2015
Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA Fall 2015
NH League of Craftsman, Concord, NH Winter 2016
McGowanFine Art, Concord, NH Winter 2016

Exhibition Entry for 2015 is closed.

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"Alchemy," a term that refers to a seemingly magical power of transmutation as well as the ancient chemical philosophy of turning base metal into gold or silver, can apply to enamel as it is magically transformted by heat.

The 15th Biennial  International Juried Enamel Exhibition and 11th International Juried Student  Enamel Exhibition, sponsored by The Enamelist Society, highlights the best  in contemporary enamels produced in the last 2 years. The International Juried Exhibition showcases the work of enamelists that demonstrate aesthetic and technical expertise. The Student  Exhibition, which is always very inspiring, features the work of students in accredited degree programs throughout the world.

Both exhibitions will be held at The Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts during the 2015 Conference, with an opening reception held Friday evening, August 7, 2015. Awards will be presented during the opening reception.

Jurors: Martha Banyas, Vera Siemund and James Malenda.  James Malenda will also serve as juror for the Student Exhibition.

Martha Banyas is an enamellist with a long history of expertise in the field.  Her initial training was in printmaking, but enamel has been her primary medium for over 40 years.  She did some breathtaking work with cloisonné and limoges in the 80s and 90s, and she gave presentations on her work to many audiences, including to a SNAG Conference audience in Portland OR.  She left the enameling world for a time, lived in Indonesia, and mastered intricate woodcarving. She also ran a business specializing in fine handcrafted objects from many countries, especially southeast Asia.  Since her return to enameling, she has produced dramatic enameled panels demonstrating her control of color and space. Her exhibition record is vast and international.   She has conducted workshops all over the US, in Canada, and Japan.  Her work can be seen on her website.

Vera Siemund is a German artist who uses enamel in dramatic new ways.  Her stunning enameled jewelry employs photographic imagery as well as other materials and elements.  Bold, refreshing and technically immaculate, her work references antique artifacts but she twists these references into bold new forms.  Innovation in enamel is her strong suit; and her enamels are integral parts of her opulent jewelry.  She has been featured in exhibitions worldwide, and has received numerous awards and citations, including being named Goldsmith Laureate of Hanau, Germany.   Her work can be seen on this Dutch gallery website.

 James Malenda has been American enamelist and educator since the 1970s.  He was first appointed a university professor in 1976, and he has taught at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania since 1987.  He has produced enameled work in a variety of scales, from small jewelry to monumental wall pieces, and is well known for his expertise in combining enamels with other materials to create dramatic and dynamic compositions.   His work is exhibited worldwide and he has taught numerous workshops.  His work can be seen on his website. 

A printed catalog and DVD of both exhibitions is available for purchase.

Other Conference Exhibitions

Conference attendees are also encouraged to take part in what is known as an "Instant Gallery", where they can show two pieces of work in a gallery setting free of charge. See previous examples.

Workshop presenters take part in a special invitational.

Exhibition Catalogs and CDs

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