SPRING AWAKENING: For the first time, the Museum of Arts and Design will host its “Loot: MAD About Jewelry” event in the spring instead of fall. This year’s annual exhibition and sale will showcase jewelry from up-and-comers and established artists from April 11 to 16.

This time around 44 artists from 17 countries will be represented in the Columbus Circle museum. MAD’s opening night benefit dinner on April 11 will honor accessories designer Joan Hornig and sportswear designer Kay Unger. Angela Cummings has signed on as the honorary chairwoman.

Curator Bryna Pomp said the change in seasons for the event aims to broaden awareness for the artists, since the date will now be more conducive for fashion journalists. In addition, Pomp said, “Retailers and galleries regularly attend; we’ve launched many careers. We hope to continue this benefit to our participants, which is consistent with our mission to provide increased visibility for emerging artists and a platform for a new generation of jewelry designers.”

Attendees will find a mix of designers, including several with nontraditional backgrounds such as the Irish-born Genevieve Howard, a classically trained pianist whose works incorporate scores and laser cuts Japanese linen cards to mirror musical sequences. Italy’s Carmen Scarnecchia also offers a different approach, as a former biologist who studied painting and ceramics. The U.S.-based Elena Kapompasopoulou, an architect and urban designer by training, crafts handmade limited-edition jewelry from concrete in bold shapes and colors.

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