Spring 2017 – Exhibition ends run at GIA
“Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design by the American Jewelry Design Council” ended it’s run at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad, CA in February 2017.
After it’s initial opening at the Forbes Galleries in New York City in October 2013, the exhibition traveled to the Kent State University Museum in October of 2014, and then moved to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Museum in Carlsbad, CA.
The exhibition, which also included the AJDC Design Projects from 2015 (‘Fire’) and 2014 (‘Rhythm’), opened in Carlsbad in August 2015. A gala opening event took place at GIA on October 8, 2015 in conjunction with the GIA Career Fair.
The exhibit was open to the public during the GIA museum hours and more than 17,000 visitors attended the exhibit during the time it was on view.
“Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC” opened its doors on September 21st at the prestigious Forbes Galleries, eliciting “oohs” and “ahhs” from all who attended. The bejeweled exhibition has since been dazzling museum visitors with one-of-a-kind works from over 40 American Jewelry Design Council artists.
“The spectacular jewelry objects of the American Jewelry Design Council are the product of knowledge and skills that goldsmiths have collected and passed down for seven millennia,” states Alan Revere, former AJDC President and current member. “Using rare materials that come from the earth, AJDC members embrace the annual theme and with highly skilled hands, express their own artistic interpretation. The results are a commentary on our culture, a testament to the versatility of the human hand and a window into the creative mind operating at the most precise and precious levels.”
In 1996, the council began the tradition of asking each of its members to create a design project, interpreting a single concept or theme; the final product is a collection of unique jewelry pieces joined by a solitary artistic concept.
“The jewelry pieces shown at the Forbes exhibition have been created over time for the sole purpose of exhibiting creativity, originality and excellence in design,” says Barbara Heinrich, President of the AJDC. “They are purposely noncommercial but rather inspirational in nature, created by some of the foremost American jewelry designers alive. Due to the unique nature and concept of the show, it is sure to excite and inspire its audience.”
All current and former members of AJDC were invited to participate. Exhibiting designers are:
|Sandy BAKER||Jane BOHAN||Whitney BOIN||Michael BONDANZA|
|Petra CLASS||Jaclyn DAVIDSON||Falcher FUSAGER||Geoffrey GILES|
|Cornelia GOLDSMITH||Michael GOOD||Sarah GRAHAM||Alishan HALEBIAN|
|Ron HARTGROVE||Barbara HEINRICH||Susan HELMICH||Jose HESS|
|Cornelis HOLLANDER||John IVERSEN||Scott KEATING||Christo KIFFER|
|Paul KLECKA||Steven KRETCHMER||Pascal LACROIX||Anthony LENT|
|Linda MACNEIL||Gregore MORIN||Adam NEELEY||Mark PATTERSON|
|Jennifer RABE MORIN||Kent RAIBLE||Paul ROBILOTTI||Todd REED|
|Alan REVERE||Susan SADLER||George SAWYER||Mark SCHNEIDER|
|William SCHRAFT||Tine SEGAL||Diana VINCENT||Takashi WADA|