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Lynn Batchelder




Recognized for their promise, innovation, and individuality, the artists selected as finalists for the 2016 AJF Artist Award are: Lynn Batchelder, Seth Papac, Carina Shoshtary, Aric Verrastro, and Timothy Veske-McMahon.

Of these five rising artists, Lynn Batchelder was awarded winner of the 2016 prize. Batchelder's studio practice relies on a drawing process where forms and ideas develop intuitively, and industrial steel is rendered as transparent and delicate as a line drawn by hand. Batchelder earned an MFA in metal from State University of New York at New Paltz, New York, USA, in 2013.
Carina Shoshtary transforms found materials from her immediate surroundings into pieces that appear to be artifacts of a past civilization, or fossils from another planet. Shoshtary was a master's student under Professor Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, graduating in 2012.
Seth Papac draws upon the motifs of Southern California life to create objects with varying physical relationships to the body, utilizing the vocabulary of both jewelry and architecture. Papac is a 2009 graduate of the MFA program in metals/jewelry at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA.
Aric Verrastro uses the contrast of steel and thread and architectural, modular forms to express the vitality of the urban human experience. Verrastro received an MFA in metalsmithing/jewelry from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, in 2015. Timothy Veske- McMahon's pieces are surprising and visually arresting, offering complex social observations while at the same time remaining very wearable. Also a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA, Veske-McMahon earned an MFA in metalsmithing in 2013.
This year's jury of distinguished professionals in the art jewelry field included: Philip Clarke (New Zealand), inaugural director of Objectspace; 2014 Artist Award winner Seulgi Kwon (South Korea); and AJF board member and collector Susan Kempin (United States).


Lynn Batchelder


Seth Papac


Carina Shoshtary


Aric Verrastro


Timothy Veske-McMahon


About the Award
The 2016 AJF Artist Award provides tangible support for developing artists at a pivotal early stage of their careers, in the form of a US$7500 cash prize for the winner, along with a one-year professional membership to AJF, and a coveted Schmuck exhibition spot during Munich Jewelry Week for each of the five finalists. The 2016 competition was open to makers of wearable art jewelry who are less than 35 years of age and not currently enrolled in a professional training program. The AJF Artist Award was generously funded by Susan Beech and Karen and Michael Rotenberg.

About AJF
Art Jewelry Forum is a nonprofit organization spreading awareness and increasing appreciation of art jewelry worldwide since 1997. AJF advocates for art jewelry through an ambitious agenda of education, conversation, and financial support. It commissions critical writing that sets the standard for excellence in the field and publishes artjewelryforum.org, an online resource for original content on art jewelry.





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