A Contemporary Art Jewelry Exhibition at the Armory Art Center

Organized by Jewelry Department Director Alicia Jane Boswell and Artist-in-Residence Maria Camera-Smith. Juried by contemporary jewelry artist, Diane Falkenhagen.

Application Deadline: September 16, 2022

Exhibition Dates: October 28-November 18, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, October 28, 5-7pm

Verdant Bodies is a juried exhibition open to any artist working in art jewelry, adornment, and functional metalsmithing formats. All entries must be original and completed within the last two years. Pieces must not exceed 20 inches in any direction.

Please reach out to Maria Camera-Smith at maria.camera-smith@armoryart.org or Alicia Jane Boswell at alicia.boswell@armoryart.org with any questions.

This exhibition will offer insight as to how makers of the art jewelry and metalsmithing field interpret their environments. Considerations of environment include, but are not limited to, physical “natural” or curated spaces, sociopolitical environments, and spaces within which various relationships occur.  As people throughout time have settled in new locations, cultures are ever-evolving. Populations ebb and flow, influencing the sea of societal trends in every aspect of adornment and expression. The border between civilization and nature has become much more complex and entwined. The intent of Verdant Bodies is to raise topics such as ecology, evolution, species relationships, botanical, and cultural implications. What have our ideas of “nature” evolved into, and how may material use intersect? Invasive species have been introduced to new ecosystems and create altogether new environments. Within these considerations, what could the future of the “natural” world look like?

Juror: Diane Falkenhagen
Galveston jewelry artist, Diane Falkenhagen, received her B.F.A. from the University of North Texas and an M.F.A. from the University of Houston.  She is best known for her fabricated, mixed media compositions that often combine characteristic pictorial imagery with fabricated metal forms and a diverse range of art media. Her work is an unconventional marriage of material and content that references myriad interests including memory, figuration, romanticism, historical ornament and art history. Aside from her one-of-a-kind art jewelry, Diane periodically lectures and leads special workshops around the country and has taught in various college and university programs. www.dianefalkenhagen.com



  • Artwork must be submitted through Google Forms here with images that follow Image Submission Guidelines (see below).
  • Size Requirements: Artworks may not exceed 20 inches in any direction All accepted artworks must meet the size requirements, or work will be returned at the Artist’s expense.
  • Sales: Work may be listed as for sale OR “not for sale” (NFS). The Artist will receive 60% on sold work, and the Armory will receive 40% commission. Please label and price work accordingly! Upon acceptance, artists will need to fill out a W-9 for payment and return via email.
  • All artwork must have been created within the last two years.
  • Artists are responsible for insurance and shipping costs to and from the exhibition. Artists must provide return shipping for the end of the exhibition, as well as reusable shipping materials. Details for shipping accepted work will be provided once the jurying process is completed.
  • All accepted artwork must be clearly labeled with the artist’s name and title.

 How to Apply:

  • Digital Submission: Use Google Forms to submit your work. APPLY HERE
  • Application Fee: $35.00 for up to 3 entries. You must pay the fee through the Armory’s website here. Upon completing the payment, you will be emailed a receipt with a transaction number. Copy and paste this transaction number into your Google Form to verify payment!
    (Please see image below to locate your transaction # on your receipt. Circled in red.)
  • File format must be JPEG or JPG only, with dimensions of 1200 pixels on the longest side. Each file must not exceed 10MB.
  • File names: Include your last name, number of entry, and title of artwork. LASTNAME_number of entry_Title (Example: Camera-Smith_1_Mirror.jpeg)

Artist Information:

  • Artist Name
  • Artwork title, year completed, materials used, dimensions in inches
  • Artist Statement
  • Artist Website/Instagram Handle (optional)

Important Dates:

  • Exhibition Dates: October 28-November 18, 2022.
  • Applications Deadline: September 16, 2022 by 11:59pm.
  • Notification of Acceptance: Monday, October 3, 2022.
  • Artwork to arrive at the Armory Art Center no later than Monday, October 17, 2022.
  • Exhibition Opens October 28, 2022.
  • Opening Reception: Friday, October 28, 5-7pm.
  • Exhibition Closes: November 18, 2022.
  • Unsold works packaged and shipped/picked up by November 30, 2022.

The Armory Art Center provides art classes for artists of all ages and abilities, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Held in 12 state-of-the-art studios, nearly 100 courses are offered each year in ceramics, digital arts, drawing, jewelry/metals, painting, printmaking, fibers, and sculpture.
Armory Art Center
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West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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