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Friday, September 12, 2008

Award Season - Emerging Artist Award

Now in its ninth year, the Saul Bell Design Award continues to recognize artists whose work challenges traditional perceptions of jewelry design. Named for the founder of
Rio Grande, the competition celebrates Saul's spirit and legacy by inviting jewelry artists and students to enter their most inspired creations. The industry abounds with stories of the opportunities and support Saul provided to young jewelers working to develop their skills. His quiet patience endeared him to all. And his good humor always brought a smile. It is our hope that Saul's influence continues to inspire and enlighten jewelers everywhere.

Emerging Artist Award

2009 SBDA Emerging Artist Competition -
Rio Grande is proud to announce the second year of the Saul Bell Design Award Emerging Artist competition. Celebrating the fresh ideas, creative spark and unbridled energy of youth, this competition is open to designers 18 years of age and younger. There are no limitations on medium, as long as the finished piece is wearable jewelry. Finalists and winning designers are celebrated at an invitation-only gala at JCK Las Vegas, 2009. We encourage young designers to enter their most inspired work.


We invite students 18 years of age and younger to take part in the second annual Saul Bell Design Award Emerging Artist competition. Employees of Rio Grande or of any affiliate or participating company (and their immediate family members) may not participate.

Judging Criteria

Pieces are judged on the following criteria:

• The innovation and uniqueness of the design.

• The successful incorporation of media into the design.

• The quality of workmanship (for final judging).

How to Enter

You may submit as many entries as you wish. Supply one rendering or photograph (at least 4" x 6"), mounted on a white matte board (must be 8½" x 11"); no slides, please. Please keep a copy of your rendering or photograph; submissions will not be returned. Do not send finished pieces unless asked to do so by Rio Grande. Submissions which do not meet entry criteria may be disqualified. Send each rendering or photograph with a copy of the entry form (one per entry) and a $25 entry fee (per entry) to:

Rio Grande

7500 Bluewater Road NW

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87121-1962

Attention: Emerging Artists


Finalists will be notified and asked to produce their designs for judging. Finished pieces must be received by January 30, 2009.


Winners will be notified by phone and/or mail and announced formally to the public during JCK Las Vegas, 2009.

For more information, call 505.839.3265 or 800.396.9896 ext. #13265, or email

The Reward

In addition to a financial reward and industry-wide recognition, the first place winner receives a limited-edition sculpture by New Mexico glass artist John Healey created especially for the Emerging Artist category.

Financial rewards include:

First Place $500 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

Second Place $250 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

Third Place $100 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

All finalists receive a certificate recognizing their achievement.

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