Passing the Torch


Passing the Torch is Seattle Metals Guild’s annual statewide jewelry and metal arts competition and exhibition for Washington State high school students. This program gives students the experience of exhibiting their metal work and encourages them to consider a life in metal arts. Beyond the annual exhibition, Passing the Torch also maintains a network of high schools and instructors teaching metals in Washington State, and provides professional development opportunities for these teachers.

The first Passing the Torch exhibition was held at the Tacoma Art Museum in the Spring of 2003. The program has grown over the years and now includes over 40 schools throughout the State.

Each year the Passing the Torch exhibition features three categories which are Jewelry, Small Sculpture/Hollowware, and a rotating themed third category. Two judges are chosen by the Passing the Torch committee to jury this competition. Judges may be established jewelry and metal artists, gallery owners, or educators, all recognized in their community for their excellent work and knowledge of the field.

The exhibition is on display for 2-3 months every Spring.