F-1 cover1Open Call for Alumni Work:


An Art Jewelry Exhibition To be Held at

Brooklyn Metal Works and Curated by Platforma

You are invited to apply for the exhibition F-1, curated by Platforma, a newly established initiative by Bella Neyman and Ruta Reifen.

F-1 will open on May 3rd, 2014 at Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, New York and will be on view through June 2014. The exhibition is timed to take place during the highly publicized and much anticipated New York Design Month.  The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of promotional events.  F-1 is the first exhibition in a series of curated projects by Platforma. The goal is to present new work to an audience that is not familiar with art jewelry.


About F-1 Exhibition:

F-1 represents the visa status that all foreigners must procure to study in the United States. The purpose of the F-1 exhibition is to showcase work produced by foreign-born artists that were educated in the US under an F-1 student visa status. In most cases these individuals’ work combines the methodologies taught in US schools with cultural references and art traditions that they identify with from home.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have completed academic training in the US on an F-1 visa (foreign born), within past 5yrs.
  • Currently residing and working in the US
  • Must not have US gallery representation
  • Must not have had or scheduled to have a solo exhibition at a gallery in the US


Artists will be notified of their acceptance via email by March 15th.


Artwork Criteria:

  • Work must be wearable art jewelry.
  • Any choice of material.
  • Work must be available for sale. Retail price may not exceed $750, (If the work does exceed this price point, please submit a short statement explaining the value of the work).

Application Requirements:

  • Current resumé (CV), exhibitions, publication information.
  • Artist statement relating to the work submitted (250 words max.)
  • Up to 5 different pieces can be submitted for consideration (only 3 will be included in the exhibition).


IMPORTANT: Please include for each piece:

  • One photo of the front of the piece and one photo of the back of the piece.
  • At least one of the images should the piece on the body.
  • Photos should be in high resolution, Jpg file, 300dpi, 20×15 cm/11×6 in.
  • Pure white background (images must be fit for printing).
  • Each image must be accompanied by the following information (on a separate sheet):
  • Artist name, title of work, dimensions, year created, materials.

Submission fee:

  • $20 payable by February 28th, 2014 via paypal to: platforma.one@gmail.com
  • Applications will not be accepted without payment.  Submission fee will go towards the printing of a catalogue.

Shipping and timelines:

  • The artist is responsible for the cost of initial delivery. The organizers will be responsible for the return shipment of the work.
  • Work must be received at Brooklyn Metal Works by April 23rd. Shipping address will be given to selected participants.

Insurance and Liability:

  • All entries are to be insured by the artists and Brooklyn Metal Works.
  • The organizers reserve the right to return any pieces which do not meet the exhibition’s standards.
  • The organizers do not assume any liability for the work during transport.

Sale Agreement:

  • If sold a 50% sales commission will be deducted from the total price. Payments will be sent at the end of the show by paypal or bank transfer.


About Platforma:

Bella Neyman is a design historian and journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. She has spent the last ten years working in some of New York City’s most prestigious museums and galleries.

Bella currently sits on the board of the Art Jewelry Forum and is a member of the selection committee for “Loot! MAD About Jewelry” at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.

Ruta Reifen is an Israeli jewelry artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA in Jewelry from Shenkar College of Design , Israel, 2009 and received an honors MFA from the Jewelry + Metals department at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011.

Ruta keeps her own studio practice in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Her work has been shown in Israel, Europe, the United States and is prominently featured in public and private collection through the US and Europe.

Ruta’s teaching experiences include the School of Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA) Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), and Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC).

Platforma’s Manifesto:

Platforma’s main goal is to bring art jewelry out of the confines of an intimate circle of curators, collectors, and connoisseurs and give it the same respect that is bestowed upon contemporary painting, sculpture, and design.

Platforma wants to provide art jewelers support and a place to shine. It is your moment. Here is your platform. Stand tall and proud, show the world what you got!