What is a diamond? "The diamond has been always esteemed the rarest stone, and the most precious of all: among the ancients it was called the stone of reconciliation."— Lewis Vertoman Both beautiful and rare, diamonds have been an eternal focus of fascination (see Jack Ogden’s Diamonds: An Early History of the King of Gems). For a visual tour de force, explore the Natural Diamond
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Had such a wonderful day at Marchmont House in Scotland celebrating the opening of the Marchmont Silversmithing Workshop. Grateful to have been able to keynote the day with a talk entitled "The Power of Craft in a Transformational Age: How Previous Movements Inform the Future of Culture," and to tour the new The Marchmont Silversmithing Workshop. Additionally special was seeing old friends, among them Ebba
Supporting Lisa's Koenigsberg's extraordinary mother whose work will be shown along with that of five other artists at a group show at Space Galleries in Denver, CO. Seven pieces of Koenigsberg's work will be on exhibit, March 16 - April 15, 2023. Nancy Koenigsberg is a full time artist and maintains a studio in NYC. Her work uses a variety of textile techniques – weaving,
IAC’s Lisa Koenigsberg recently had the opportunity to be a guest on Sharon Berman’s (@artsandjewelry) Jewelry Journey podcast, "From Antique to Art." Among the topics discussed were: what jewelry can tell us about the aesthetics and values of a particular era, why sustainability in the jewelry industry is essential and why the definition of “sustainable” is much broader than we might think, why maintaining purpose
Happy to have been able to attend the 2023 GEM Awards in New York City! The GEM Awards aims to raise the visibility of the fine jewelry and watch industry by honoring the work of leaders, creators and luminaries. #GEMAwards #JewelersofAmerica #Goldanddiamonds #initiativesinartandculture #gold #gems #diamonds #awards #gala #iac #initiativesinartandculture
Delighted to have attended the JVC's annual Luncheon Event to connect with like-minded members of the jewelry community and listen to JVC’s announcements of several new initiatives to support the industry’s success into 2023 and beyond. #JVC #Jewelersvigilancecommittee #initiativesinartandculture #iac #gold #diamonds #gems
IAC's founder and president, Lisa Koenigsberg, has published an article in American Fine Arts Magazine derived from the proceedings of the 2022 American Art Conference, Cut, Cast, Carved and Coupled: Perspectives on Women in American Art. To read the full article, visit: https://www.americanfineartmagazine.com/issues To watch individual sessions from our 27th Annual American Art Conference visit: https://artinitiatives.com/cut-cast-carved-and-coupled-iacs-27th-annual-american-art-conference/ Mark your calendars for IAC’s 28th Annual American Art
Florine Stettheimer (1871 – 1944) is an American artist best known for her four monumental and symbolic works featuring what she considered New York City's "Cathedrals": Broadway, Wall Street, Fifth Avenue, and the Metropolitan Museum. An American modernist, Stettheimer was a feminist, theatrical designer, poet, and salonnière. Her fanciful theatrical painting style was characterized by a striking palette and often included depictions of her friends
Throughout Black History Month, IAC examines the relationship between power, race, and representation from various perspectives. How institutions of art and academics respond to social justice is a crucial part of the equation, in addition to grassroots efforts. In this instance, IAC explores the history and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s connection to Oberlin College and the surrounding community. We are hoping that
At Marchmont House, Greenlaw, Scottish Borders, 24 – 26 March 2023, join fellow silversmiths, collectors, curators, and industry VIPs for a special event celebrating the opening of The Marchmont Silversmithing Workshop.
Portraiture has often been used to visually convey a subject's power using stylistic devices and references to wealth, rank, status, and to the tradition of works that precede them. Portraits have for millennia underscored the rank, privilege, and office of their subjects in political, ecclesiastical, mercantile, and cultural life. Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley have distinct approaches to portraiture while simultaneously addressing core themes of
Save the date for Maintaining Purpose, IAC’s 13th Gold + Diamond Conference in NYC. July 17 – 19, 2023
Save the Date for IAC’s 28th Annual American Art Conference, November 14 – 15, 2023 New York City – The Cosmopolitan Club
Delighted to share Kyle Roderick’s piece on Vicenzaoro in Forbes. Grateful to her for highlighting the CIBJO Initiatives in Art and Culture panel on succession. A link to her article can be found here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kyleroderick/2023/02/02/vicenzaoro-january-2023-showcases-the-best-jewelry-and-watches-made-in-italy-and-elsewhere/?sh=6dc174037033 To watch all of the incredible sessions visit: https://visits.vicenzaoro.com/live-events
Throughout Black History Month, IAC examines the relationship between power, race, and visual representation from various perspectives. IAC celebrates the awarding of Edmonia Lewis' posthumous diploma alongside the Oberlin College community. Thank you to Oberlin College’s President Ambar for conferring on this great artist the degree she rightfully deserved. A sculptor of international renown, Edmonia Lewis was born in 1844 to parents of African–American and