Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Celebrating Beads, the journey of...

Two Deadlines:
July 25th, 2008 (POSTMARK)
August 8th, 2008 midnight EST (EMAIL)

Celebrating Beads, the journey of...

The Bead Museum
Washington, DC
September 28th, 2008 through December 31st, 2008

We announce this international, juried design contest to recognize bead artistry as a true art form. We make this call to all artisans, who use beads of any kind, including designers, bead makers, collectors, to beaders and beyond to express your creativity and celebrate beading and beads as art!

who may Enter

Professionals, Hobbyists, and Students


There will be 5 jurors from different specialties across the beading industry. Juror names will be announced as soon as they are available


All work must feature/display beads. However, the finished product may be anything including, but not limited to making your own beads, finished jewelry, sculpture and more. We are looking for top artisan work, with great attention paid to detail, finishing technique, and quality of products used.

Display size for flat work (two dimensional), which is able to be hung, is limited to a display area of no larger than 4 feet in one direction, and no thicker than 3 inches. Sculpture or three dimensional entries which can not be hung are limited to a display area of no larger than 1 foot x 1 foot x 2 feet.

Media categories are defined by the materials you use to make your finished piece. Each piece may only be entered into one category. to qualify for a category, 66% of the piece must contain the material from the category heading. The media categories are:

1. Clay – includes all clay media such as polymer clay, precious metal clay, art clay, and ceramics

2. Fiber/Textile – includes felt, yarn, and fabric – materials used may be handmade or mass produced as well as synthetic or natural

3. Gemstones – includes all gemstones: precious, semi-precious, and non-precious

4. Glass – includes Czech, Venetian, modern and vintage, recycled, sea, and more

5. Lampwork/Dichroic Glass – includes all glasswork that is handmade by the contestant – boro, moretti, dichroic, and more

6. Manmade materials (inorganic) – lucite (modern and vintage), plastics, resin, rubber, hardware, and more

7. Metal – use of any metal, such as brass, copper, niobium, silver, gold-filled, 10K to 24K gold, vermeil and more in any form such as sheets, wire, mesh, chain, etc. Metal materials used may be handmade or mass produced.

8. Mixed Media – any mixture of 2 or more of the listed media categories as major components

9. Organic Materials - includes pearls, shell, bone, paper, coral, plants, flowers, seeds, wood and more.

10. Seed Beads – includes all Czech, Japanese, modern and vintage seed beads

11. Swarovski Crystal – non-Swarovski crystal should be entered into the Glass media category

12. Trade Beads/Ethnic Beads - includes any historical beads – this also includes modern replicas

The jurors reserve the right to re-categorize your piece as deemed necessary if you do not meet the requirements for said media category.

You may enter up to 6 different pieces. Each contestant is limited to 2 entries per media category.


Each contestant may enter up to 6 pieces in the contest.

1 piece = $35
2 = $60
3 = $85
4 = $105
5 = $125
6 = $140

All proceeds benefit the Bead Museum DC.


You may submit up to 2 photographs per piece. One may be a close-up to show detail and the second must show the entire piece.

The pictures must be submitted electronically by email or by mailing in a CD with image files.

View the synopsis of the Call to Artists: http://bsgw.org/CelebratingBead_Synopsis.pdf

Download the full prospectus: http://bsgw.org/CelebratingBeadsContest/CelebratingBeads_Contest.pdf

Visit the website: http://www.bsgw.org/CelebratingBeads.html


The Bead Museum
c/o Celebrating Beads Contest
400 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Email: Contact Carrie at CelebratingBeads@gmail.com

Contact Victor at 202-624-4500
between 2pm and 4pm
Tuesday - Saturday, EST.