Call for Entry: Siamese Connection

Brooklyn Metal Works is now accepting submissions for their summer 2013 juried jewelry and object exhibition.

The curatorial theme is based on a unique but odd fixture of NYC urban life – the “Siamese Connection.” This utilitarian component of city infrastructure can be seen at least once on every block. The ubiquity of this fire protection pipe fitting underscores its importance, though it is often overlooked as it dissolves into street level chaos. But upon closer inspection, and in thoughtful consideration, an interesting subject appears.

The idea of “Siamese Connection” can embody a collision of two elements, or an unexpected branching. Mirroring can suggest affinities, or a disruption in natural growth habits. Hybrids are the result of surprise couplings and combinations. Bridging elements can bring together two disparate ideas/materials, and they can facilitate jumps over a natural divide.

These are a few interpretations that are present in the theme “Siamese Connection.” We are looking for explorations in jewelry and objects that compliment these concepts in thorough and thoughtful ways. Work that develops a relationship between unexpected ideas, materials and aesthetic components is our main focus. Detailed and compelling crafting is desired. This call is open to all makers.

Deadline for submissions is June 30th – This call for entries is now closed.

Entry fee: $30-

Entry criteria:

Completed Application Form. There is a link at the bottom of the page.

Work must have been completed within the last 3 years.

A short artist statement, no more than 200 words, is required.

You may enter up to 3 separate works, with 1 work per image. Additionally you may submit 1 detail image of each work. The maximum allowance of images is 6 – comprised of 1 main and 1 detail for each entry.

Images should be 300dpi no larger than 8.5” x 11” with a maximum file size of 2MB.

Label each image with your last name and title of work as follows:


Please include a slide list with image titles, materials, dimensions, and year completed. If the work is for sale please include the retail price, and all entries should include insurance value.

To enter please send all images to with “Siamese Connection” in the subject line.  There is also a link on the bottom of the page.

Payment can be made via the PayPal link at the bottom of the page.

Your application will not be finalized until the entry fee has been paid.

We reserve the right to omit from the exhibition accepted artwork that differs dramatically from what is represented by the digital image submitted.


Submission deadline – June 30th
Artists notified of acceptance – July 5th
Work must be received by – July 15th
Opening reception – July 20th

Shipping and displays:

Special displays are the responsibility of the artist and will be considered on a case by case basis.
Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance while in transit to Brooklyn Metal Works.
Artists whose work is not for sale must pay for shipping and insurance in both directions.
Brooklyn Metal Works will pay for return shipping and insurance up to $20 through the USPS.

There will be three cash prizes awarded. The prize amounts are based on a percentage of the collected entry fees.

  • The grand prize winner will receive 25% of the total, or a maximum of $1000.
  • The runner up will receive 15% of the total, or a maximum of $600.
  • Honorable mention will receive 10% of the total, or a maximum of $400.

Prizes will be announced during the opening in the gallery at Brooklyn Metal Works, and winning artists will be notified by phone or email.

A small catalogue will be produced to document this exhibition. At least one image of juried works by selected artists will be included. Accompanying artists’ statements may also be used. BKMW may also utilized images of selected works to promote the exhibition online through social media, on our website, and through printed material such as postcards and flyers.


Erin S. Daily

Brian Weissman

Guest Juror: Sakurako Shimizu