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Iris Eichenberg Awarded the Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant

March 19th, 2021

Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) recently announced that the largest art jewelry cash award in the US, the Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant, has been awarded to Metalsmithing Artist-in-Residence, Iris Eichenberg. The grant will support Iris Eichenberg: Where Words Fail Me, a mid-career retrospective that will present 40 works documenting Eichenberg’s development from her groundbreaking 1994 graduation show at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie onward.

The retrospective will be exhibited at the Museum of Craft and Design, in San Francisco, in 2022, and will include key examples of jewelry, objects, and installations, some of which have never been seen in the US, alongside several new statements created specifically for this show. A 40-page, fully illustrated catalog with contributions from Ben Lignel, Davira Taragin, and JoAnn Edwards will accompany the exhibition. Eichenberg will receive a cash grant of $20,000 to produce the project.

The two finalists for the award are the Brazilian maker, educator, researcher, and writer Ana Passos, and the Dutch historian Esther Doornbusch.

Read an interview with Iris Eichenberg in Art Jewelry Forum here.