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Every fall, the Southern Illinois Metalsmiths Society (SIMS) hosts a national juried exhibition of student metalwork in conjunction with our annual metalworking conference. By showcasing the work of talented student metalsmiths, we aim to increase dialog between institutions and promote metalsmithing and blacksmithing to the community at large. SIMS is a student-run metalsmithing organization affiliated with the Metalsmithing/Blacksmithing department at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Current BFA and MFA metalsmiths/blacksmiths are eligible to apply. Questions can be directed to:

The 2017 Juror
heinerHeiner Zimmermann
is a metal designer, artist and educator based in Sweden. He ia a professor in Metal Art at HDK University of Gothenborg, Sweden. His works had been exhibited and published internationally. His designs are reflections of relevant cultural, ethical, philosophical or social ideas. His innovative work can be found here.


Prize Money
The three best in show will receive awards:
First place: $150
Second place: $100
Third Place: $50

Applicants may submit up to two pieces in total, with a maximum of two images per piece (for a total of four images). Images should be emailed along with this completed form( download entry form here) to Total message size should be less than 25MB, so multiple emails for each submission are permitted. Submitted work must not be for sale.

Entry Deadline
September 23, 2017 11:59 pm MST

Application Fee
The $20.00 application fee must be paid via PayPal to at the time of submission in order for work to be considered.

Contact Addison de Lisle at

A sampling of 2015 and 2016 Exhibition work:

Betsy Lewis – Maine College of Art
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William Brigham – Cal State University Long Beach

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Kacy Ganley – Southern Illinois University

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Rebecca Zink – Southern Illinois University

thumbnail_3rd Rebecca Zink -Steel and Silver Neckpiece-