Summer greetings! June is the month for graduations
and so this month's newsletter presents photos of
works from students graduating from metals
programs around the country--enjoy the talent and the
For those of us who love contemporary jewelry, SOFA
New York was absolutely remarkable this year. Kelly
L'Ecuyer, our sponsored speaker, gave an informative
and fascinating talk about the Daphne Farago
collection and held an informal discussion about
collecting for our members at the AJF-sponsored
breakfast the morning before the show opened. We
also got a
sneak preview of the new Metropolitan Museum
collection donated by Donna Schneier. It is truly a
mark of significance to have the Met collecting
contemporary jewelry. Of course, galleries were
showing the very best work and many
members took advantage of the opportunity.
It has also been a busy month for new memberships.
Since our last newsletter in May we have twelve new
members. Our three new curators are Bruce Pepich
the Racine Museum of Art, Lena Vigna from the Miami
University Art Museum and Allie Farlowe from the Mint
Museum of Craft and Design. Two new galleries have
joined. We welcome Jerry Szor Contemporary Jewelry
and the online ObjectFetish.com owned by Jeff
Goldsmith and Wendy Couch. We also welcome
new and returning collectors including Doug
Berlin, Judy Becker, Lois Boardman, Rachel Carren,
and Karen Rotenberg. We hope you enjoy the many
benefits of AJF.
Use the Quick Links for the latest art
exhibit, event, and show news. We have updated
the AJF website with fresh information on the current
activities in the art jewelry world. Remember to visit
the site often.
Your AJF Board
Susan, Sally, Pat, and Susan
|NYC Trip Reservations Needed Quickly.
We must limit the trip to 25 members (and we have 22
already) in order to give each participant a first-class
experience. While we can't yet set a price for the trip, if
you want join us from Oct. 3 through 5 (arrive on Oct. 2
and depart Oct. 6), please
email to say you would like to be placed on the trip list.
It's easy, just click here.
Here's a little NYC trip preview...
- Curator of Jewelry Ursula Neuman leads us on a
tour through the newly opened Museum of Arts and
Design (MAD). Ursula shares the museum's jewelry
ambitions in the article below.
- Visit Susan
Grant Lewin's house and collection. She is the author
of "One of a Kind; American Art Jewelry Today".
- Charon Kransen welcomes us to the International
Arts + Design Fair where author Toni Greenbaum
takes us on a special jewelry tour.
- Patricia Faber treats us to cocktails and the
Michael Zobel retrospective at Aaron Faber
- We view "From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist
Jewelry of Art Smith" at the Brooklyn Museum.
- Loupe Gallery sponsors a special artist
presentation by Kathleen Browne.
- We visit the Metropolitan Museum to go behind the
exhibits and see some of the jewelry collection
recently given by Donna Schneier.
- And even more -- we're still finalizing special visits
to collectors' homes, and artists' studios.
|Ursula Neuman on Jewelry at the New MAD
In anticipation of our trip to New York we talked with
Ursula Neuman, jewelry curator and AJF
When the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) opens
its doors in its new space on Columbus Circle in New
York City this fall, it will inaugurate the Tiffany & Co.
Foundation Jewelry Gallery. "The opening jewelry
exhibition, Elegant Armor, draws from the
museum's entire jewelry collection, with works from
the 1940s to the present," says Jewelry Curator
"Half of the pieces will be on view in cases," she
describes, "and the rest in drawers allowing viewers
to find unexpected treasures in the country's
only gallery dedicated solely to contemporary jewelry."
"The gallery also features a stimulating interactive
computer screen with highlights of the collection
juxtaposed with works in the collection including other
media," she adds. "We plan to work on this interactive
project steadily, increasing the range of thematic
Ursula looks forward to "working with well-known
exhibition designers, artists, and other innovators to
install meaningful exhibitions that will promote this
highly innovative art form." Continued on our website.
Kelly L'Ecuyer on Windgate 2008 Fellowship Panel
The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design invited 64
universities across the country, in fall 2007, to each
nominate two students for the 2008 Windgate
Fellowship Awards. The panel met for the final
deliberations the first week of April 2008 and selected
ten graduating seniors to each receive a $15,000
Fellowship including two metalsmiths.
The panel for the 2008 Windgate Fellowship
Awards included Kelly H. L'Ecuyer, Ellyn McColgan,
Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art
of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Michael
Sherrill, sculptor (clay, glass, metal); Grace Cochrane,
author and past director of the Powerhouse Museum,
Sydney, Australia; and Alan C. Elder, Curator of
Canadian Crafts, Decorative Arts and Design,
Canadian Museum of Civilization. Have a look at the
results, click here.
Library Society Honors Cindi Strauss and Helen
The Museum of Fine Art Houston's
Ornament as Art
exhibition catalogue received the prestigious
George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award from the Art
Libraries Society of North America. Learn more.
Mary Lee Hu wins the Twining Humber Award
The Twining Humber Award is an unrestricted
award of $10,000 given annually to a Washington
state female artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated
a significant portion of her life to her art practice. The
award recognizes creative excellence, professional
accomplishment and dedication to the visual arts.
More information at www.artisttrust.org.
AJF speaker Kelly L'Ecuyer at SOFA NYC.
Michael Zobel, "Folded Link Necklace"
24k gold, diamonds. Courtesy of Aaron Faber
Kathleen Brown, "The Language of Roses",
brooch, sterling silver, vitreous enamel. Courtesy of
AJF member Ursula Neuman, Curator, Museum of
Art and Design.
The Class of 2008
Sun Kyoung Kim University of
Susanne Osborn University of
Sarah Abramson University of New
York at New Paltz
Onodera University of
Stacey Van Waldrick Syracuse
University of Indiana
Hiddema Kendall College of Art and Design
Sung Yeoul Lee
Hiddema University of Illinois, Ubana-Champaign