This exhibition has been cancelled. Entrants will be contacted by the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths about the change and entry fee refunds.

Application Deadline: 
July 9, 2020 11:59pm EST

Please read the full prospectus for a schedule of dates, including artwork drop-off timeframe for in-person jurying.

About This Exhibition
Metalwork 2020 is the 19th Biennial Juried Exhibition of work by Washington Guild of Goldsmiths members. This exhibition will be on display in the second-floor Guldesky Gallery Suite of the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland from September 8 to October 31, 2020. Artworks juried into Metalwork 2020 will exhibit alongside selected invited artists exhibiting as part of this year’s Exhibition Invitational showing non-jewelry works in metal. Metalwork 2020 will also include Challenge 2020, a display of juried artworks priced under $202.00. Artists may submit artwork to Challenge 2020 in addition to Metalwork 2020 using this submission portal.
Video Tutorial
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Tom Muir
Tom Muir is the Distinguished Research Professor at Bowling Green State University, where he is head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing area in the School of Art. He received his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his BFA degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Muir has lectured and taught widely, holding positions at universities and craft schools around the country. His award-winning work has been published and exhibited extensively in art, craft, and design exhibitions nationally and internationally. Collections include the Art Institute of Chicago, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, and The White House Collection of American Crafts. He is the recipient of an Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Artist Fellowship, Michigan Council for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Awards. In 2009, Muir received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Designer Craftsmen for having made a major contribution to craft in Ohio.
Sean Macmillan
Sean Macmillan is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Slippery Rock Art Department and is an Associate Professor, responsible for teaching all levels of Metalsmithing courses, in addition to Professional Practices, 3-Dimensional Design, Basic Drawing, and Basic Sculpture as needed. His artwork primarily utilizes traditional hammer forming techniques combined with welding/fabrication and enameling. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Kansas in 2005 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Shortly after earning his MFA, he spent a year working as a metal spinner, welder/ fabricator, and production bench jeweler. He has shown his work at numerous national galleries, including the HOPE Center for Arts and Technology (Sharon, PA), Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh, PA), The Gallery at Fallingwater, (Mill Run, PA), Richmond Art Center (Richmond CA), Courthouse Galleries of the Portsmouth City Museums (Norfolk, VA), Erie Art Museum (Erie, PA), University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery (Lawrence, KS), Alice Sabatini Gallery (Topeka, KS), and the Craft Alliance (St. Louis, MO). Macmillan has taught numerous visiting metals workshops, including workshops at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, California University of Pennsylvania, Murray State University in Kentucky, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Touchstone Center for Crafts, and the Society for Contemporary Craft. He has authored two technical articles for the Society of North American Goldsmiths and images of his work have been published in 500 Metal Vessels and the Best of New York Artists and Artisans. He currently resides on a 3-acre farm in Butler, Pennsylvania with his wife, two daughters, a dog, two cats, and various chickens.
Submissions will be evaluated in person on technical mastery and creativity, with the goal that every member will exhibit at least one work, but not more than four pieces in the Show.
Jurors will select works to receive awards of recognition.
Eligibility and Requirements
1. Artists must be a current paid member of WGG for 2020. Artists new to WGG can become a member here. Membership fees are $40 for Members and $20 for Students. WGG membership is valid for one year.
2. Artworks must have been completed within the last two years.
3. Artists must submit a minimum of 2 Show artworks, but not more than 4.
4. Artists who submit 2–4 Show pieces to Metalwork 2020 may also submit up to 5 Challenge pieces additionally, priced at $202.00 or less, to be juried into WGG’s CHALLENGE 2020.
5. No changes to the entry or submitted artworks may be made after the July 9, 2020, 11:59 PM EST deadline.
6. All artwork must be for sale.
7. Artwork must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition, except for artworks in CHALLENGE 2020, which may be taken by a buyer at the time of purchase.
8. Artists must hand-deliver and pick up their artworks for jurying in August 2020. Artists are responsible for delivery and pick-up of artworks to and from Strathmore including any shipping costs.
9. WGG will select and photograph one piece of artwork submitted for the Show. These photographs, property of WGG, will be used at the organization's discretion.
Strathmore will receive a 30% commission, and WGG will receive a 10% commission on all artwork sold. Strathmore will pay the artist 60% of the retail price of sold artwork within 30 days of the close of the exhibition. All artwork must be for sale and priced at a fair market value, and prices reported in the submission should take into consideration the commission split. All titles, mediums, and prices provided in the application will remain final.
Submission Fee(s)
$45: Two Show works
$52: Up to four Show works
$15: Up to three works, priced at $202.00 or less, in addition to METALWORK 2020 Show submissions.
$20: Up to five works, priced at $202.00 or less, in addition to METALWORK 2020 Show submissions.
Submission fees are non-refundable, but they are tax-deductible. Payment will be collected after submission and can be made by credit card or debit card via PayPal, or by check.
Deadlines and Important Dates
Application Deadline: July 9, 2020 11:59 PM EST*
Drop-off of artworks for Jurying: Aug 2, 2020, 4:00 - 7:00 PM* #
Pick-up of artworks after Jurying: Aug 11, 2020, 4:00 - 7:00 PM*#
Notification of Jury Results: Aug 11, 2020*
Drop-off of All Accepted Work: TBA*#
Exhibition Opens to the Public: Sept 8, 2020
Opening Reception: Sept 10, 2020, 7pm-9pm
Exhibition Closes to the Public: Oct 31, 2020
Required Art Pickup: TBA* #^
*subject to change
# The artist is responsible for all arrangements, costs, and execution of the delivery and pickup of artwork.
^All artwork on exhibition must remain on the Strathmore site throughout the entire exhibition with the exception of CHALLENGE 2020 artwork. Early removal of artwork is strictly prohibited.
Entry Instructions:
Application Materials
The following materials and information will be needed to complete your application. You may save your application before submission and come back to work on it at a later time as long as the application is completed and submitted by the deadline on July 9, 2020, 11:59 PM EST.
Artwork Information
Each artist must include the following information for each artwork submitted:
1. Title
2. Material (include all materials used and karat if applicable)
3. Price
4. Dimensions
5. Year Completed
6. Description
Under “Description” please include the following information:
• Pin/Brooch, Necklace/Pendant, Sculpture, Wall Hanging, Ring, Bracelet, or Other
• Ring Size (if applicable)
• Manufacturing techniques (i.e. anodized, carved, cast, etc.)
Prices should reflect final retail price and take into account Strathmore's and WGG's combined commission rate of 40%. All information provided will remain final and cannot be changed for the exhibition.
Artists may submit images of each artwork submitted, to be used for identification purposes only. WGG will select and photograph one Show piece of the accepted artworks.
All submitted artworks must be delivered for jurying in-person, location TBA, on Aug 2, 2020 between 4pm and 7pm.
And be picked-up on Aug 11, 2020 between 4pm and 7pm
If jewelry or a small work, place each artwork submitted into a LABELED Ziploc-type bag inside a larger LABELED Ziploc-type bag for delivery.
A signed Authorization Form is required if a designee instead of the artist is picking up any artwork. Please contact Gabrielle Tillenburg, Visual Arts Coordinator, at for an Authorization Form.
Please contact Gabrielle Tillenburg, Visual Arts Coordinator, at

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