Artist in Residence Iris Eichenberg
After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1994, Iris Eichenberg worked as an independent artist, art educator, part-time curator, and co-organizer of art-related events. She began teaching at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 1996, where she became Head of the Jewelry Department in 2000. Eichenberg held this position until 2007. In 2006 she accepted an appointment as Artist in Residence and Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and began teaching full time there since. She is regularly invited to lecture, act as visiting critic, and give workshops at various art academies in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.
Eichenberg has received awards to support and recognize the quality of her work from a number of institutions: Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Herbert Hofmann Prize, Gerrit Rietveld Academy Award, and two residencies at The European Ceramic Center in Den Bosch.
Eichenberg’s work can be found in various museums including The Cooper-Hewitt (New York), The Museum of Arts and Design (New York), The Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Schmuck Museum Pforzheim, the Fondation National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas). Her work has also been collected by private foundations including the Francoise van der Bosch Stichting (Amsterdam) and the Rotasa Foundation (California).
Iris Eichenberg has regularly exhibited her work since 1994. Her solo exhibitions have included such venues as: Gallerie Louise Smit, Amsterdam (NL); Ornamentum Gallery, Hudson, NY (US); Paul Kotula Projects, Ferndale, MI (US); Gallerie Metallum, Stockholm (SE); Galerie SO, Solothurn, (Switzerland); Galerie Metal, Copenhagen (Denmark); Stedelijk Bureau Amsterdam (NL); HuisRechts Amsterdam (NL); Kunstrai Amsterdam (NL); Verzameld Werk, Ghent (BE); Galerie TACTILe, Geneva (CH); Art Fair Twente (NL). Her work has been in a number of group exhibitions at international venues including Gallery Noël Guyomarc’h, Montreal (CA); Gallery Anna Leonowens, Halifax (CA); Collect at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (GB); Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco (US); Sharon Campbell, Seattle (US); Museo Tambo Qirquincho, La Paz (BO); Erasmus House, Jakarta (ID); Museum of Art and Design, New York (US); Studio GR.20, Milan & Padua (IT); Galerie Platina, Stockholm (SE); Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (PT); Deutsche Akademie, Villa Massimo, Rome (IT); Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht (NL); Salon de Mobila, Milan (IT); CaixaForum, Barcelona (ES); Tallin Applied Art Museum, (EE); Galerie Binnen, Amsterdam (NL); The Dick Institute Kilmarnock (GB); Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (NL); Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (GB); Maison Descartes, Amsterdam (NL); Gallery V&V, Vienna (AT); Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL); Museum for Applied Art, Frankfurt (DE).
Read more about Iris and see images of her work on Klimt02.
Art Jewelry Forum Blog Features Interview with Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg
Iris Eichenberg discusses her work, teaching at Cranbrook, and the connections between language and jewelry in an interview with Art Jewelry Forum Blog. Click here to read.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 Galeria Alice Floriano, Rizoma, Porto Alegre, BR
2017 Platina, I Do Not Wish, Stockholm, SE
2017 Simone DeSousa Gallery, Kein Ort Nirgends, Detroit, US
2016 Ornamentum Gallery at FOG, Art + Design, San Francisco, US
2014 Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bend, Bloomfield Hills, MI US
2013 Ornamentum Gallery, X, Hudson, NY, US
2012 Platina, Sense-Mapping, Stockholm, SE
2011 Ornamentum Gallery, Rhizome, Hudson, NY, US
2010 Galerie Spektrum, Flowers and Birds of Michigan, Munich, DE (catalog)
2010 Villa Bengel, Many Places Later, retrospective, Idar Oberstein, DE
2009 Galerie Louise Smit, New Rooms, Amsterdam, NL (catalog)
2009 Ornamentum Gallery at SOFA, Pink Years Later, Chicago, US
2007 Paul Kotula Projects, Elisabeth, Ferndale, MI, US
2007 Galerie Louise Smit, Tenement/Timelines, Amsterdam, NL (catalog)
2007 Ornamentum Gallery at SOFA, New York, US
2005 Galleri Metallum, Heimat/Systems, Stockholm, SE
2005 Galerie Louise Smit, Weiß, Amsterdam, NL (catalog)
2005 Galerie SO, Abwesenheit, Solothurn, CH
2004 Galerie Metal, Heimat, Copenhagen, DK
2004 Galerie Louise Smit, Heimat, Amsterdam, NL (catalog)
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Reverso, Lisbon, Portugal
2018 San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, Raw Design, San Fransisco, CA
2017 Galerie Spektrum, Die Münchner Zeit, Munich, DE
2017 Handwerkskammer Munchen und Oberbayern, Schmuck 2017, Munich, DE
2016 Nationalmuseum Stockholm, Open Space-Mind Maps, Stockholm, SE
2016 Ornamentum Gallery at Collective 2 Design Fair, New York, US
2016 Galerie Biro, Munich DE
2015 Hangzhou International Contemporary Jewelry and Metal Art Triennial, Body Alchemy, Hangzhou, CN
2015 China Millennium Monument World Art Museum, Beijing International Contemporary Metal & Jewellery Art Exhibition 2015, Beijing, CN
2015 A Very Complete Opposite, Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit, MI, US
2014 Lesley Craze Gallery, 30 Years in the Making, London, UK
2014 Platina at Färgfabriken, 15 years with Platina, Stockholm, SE
2014 Metropolitan Museum of Art, Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection, New York, US (catalog)
2014 Handwerkskammer Munchen und Oberbayern, Schmuck 2014, Munich, DE (catalog)
2014 Fine Arts School Hangzhou Normal University, CN
2014 Craft Alliance, Good as Gold, St. Louis, MO, US
2013 Grunwald Gallery, Shift, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, US (catalog)
2013 Paul Kotula Projects, Setting the Table, Ferndale, MI, US
2013 College of Creative Studies, Metals 2013, Michigan Silversmiths Guild, Detroit, US
2013 The Design Museum, Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, London, GB (catalog)
2013 Z33, House for contemporary Art, The Wilde Things. The contemporary jewellery collection of Mrs. Wilde, Hasselt, BE (catalog)
2013 Gardiner Museum, Fondation d’Enterprise Bernardaud, un peu de terre sur la peau,Toronto, CA (catalog)
2013 Objectspace and Schmuck 2013, Handshake: A Jewelery Project, Auckland, NZ and Munich, DE (catalog)
2013 Pont en Plas, Lahti, Ghent, BE (catalog)2012
2012 Central Academy of Fine Arts, 10 Years—Re: Jewelry, Beijing, CN
2012 Craft Alliance, CLASP, St. Louis, US
2012 Lahti Korut as part of the official World Design Capital Helsinki Lahti, FI
2012 Espace Solidor, Mirror Mirror, Cagnes-sur-mer, FR (catalog)
2012 KORU4: Kindred Spirits, Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Imatra, FI
2012 National Gallery of Victoria, Unexpected Pleasures: Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, Melbourne, AU (catalog)
2012 CODA Museum, Fondation d’Enterprise Bernardaud, un peu de terre sur la peau, Apeldoorn, NL (catalog)
2011 Cranbrook Museum of Art, No Object is an Island, Bloomfield Hills, MI, US (catalog)
2011 Pewabic Pottery, Wearable Ceramics: Jewelry from International Artists, Detroit, US
2011 Galerie Louise Smit, Our House: Cranbrook Academy of Art, Amsterdam, NL
2011 PIN – Associação Portuguesa de Joalharia Contemporânea at Experimenta Design, Pin Anonimum: Useless, Lisbon, PT
2011 Butter Projects, nude, Royal Oak, MI, US
2011 FLUX: SNAG Seattle Conference, Us, in flux, Lawrimore Project, Seattle, US (catalog)
2011 SOFA, Monomater: Cranbrook Academy of Art, Chicago, US
2011 Sungkok Art Museum, Open Mind: International Contemporary Metal Art Exhibition-History and the New Material, Seoul, KR (catalog)
2011 Art Jewelry Forum, Geography, SNAG, Seattle, US and SOFA Chicago, US (catalog)
2010 Museum Catharijneconvent, Lingam, Utrecht, NL (catalog)
2010 Galerie S O, Multiples, London, GB
2010 Handwerkskammer Munchen und Oberbayern, Schmuck 2010, Munich, DE (catalog)
2010 Studio GR.20, Materia e Colore: Gioielli–Sculture–Installazioni, Padua, IT (catalog)
Organization and Appointments
Keynote Lecturer and Panelist, Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, NY
Visiting Artist, Ädellab, Konstfack, Stockholm, SE
Curator with Sarah Turner, Moreland, Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit, MI
Workshop, Taller Eloi Escuela de Joyeria, Buenos Aries, AR Workshop and Lecture, Museu Do Objeto Brasileiro, Sao Paolo, BR
Lecture, Rio de Janiero, BR
Fall Artist Residency, Penland School of Craft, Spruce Pine, NC, US
Workshop and Lecture, WE WALKA Escuela, Santiago, CL Lecture, Taller Eloi Escuela de Joyeria, Buenos Aries, AR
Independent Workshop, Buenos Aries, AR
Juror, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Juror, Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI, US
Lecture/Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin- Madison, US
Lecture/ Visiting Professor, Oregon College of Art and Craft/Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, US
Lecture, Bezalel, Jerusalem, IL
Lecture/Visiting Professor, Fine Arts School Hangzhou Normal University, CN
Workshop, Zorefet, Galilee, IL
Lecture/Visiting Professor, Savanna College of Art and Design, Savannah, US
Lecture/Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, US
Summer Workshop, Alchimia, Florence, IT Lecture, “Many Places Later,” Idar Oberstein, Schmuck Denken ‘6, DE
Lecture/Visiting Professor, State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, US
Lecture/Visiting Professor, University of Oregon, Eugene, US
Visiting Professor, Rhode Island School of Design, Provindence, US
Lecture/Workshop, Koru 3, Saimaa, University of Applied Sciences, Imatra, SE Lecture/Visiting Professor, University of Georgia, Athens, US
Lecture/Visiting Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, US
Lecture, Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference, Savannah, US
Visiting Professor, Kendall College Of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI, US
Lecture, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, US
Visiting Professor, South Carelia Polytechnic, Lappeenranta, FI
Member of the Advisory Panel of the Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, NL
Visiting Professor, Alchimia, Florence, IT
Workshop/Seminar, “Flags,” Konstfak, Stockholm, SE
Visiting Professor, Hiko Mizuno College, Tokyo, JP
Visiting Professor, University of Stellenbosch, ZA
Visiting Professor, State University of New York at New Paltz, US
Visiting Professor, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, US
Lecture, Interactive Africa/Design Indaba, Cape Town, ZA
Workshop/Seminar “Identity,” Konstfak, Stockholm, SE Lecture, Zeichenakademie, Hanau, DE
Lecture, Design Institute, Hong Kong, CN
Visiting Professor, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, Hong Kong, CN
Workshop, “Science and Art,” Minerva Academy, Groningen, NL
Lecture, “The Eternal Body,” Nederlands Instituut Rome, IT
Lecture, “The Eternal Body,” Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, NL
Lecture, “The Eternal Body,” Academie Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht, NL
Lecture, “Bare Boundaries,” Applied Art Museum, Tallin, EE
Organization Artist Stimulation Award, Amsterdam, NL
Ward Schrijver, Of Things and Life/ Van de dingen en het leven, Amsterdam: Galerie Rob Koudijs 2017. Exhibition catalog
Schmuck 2017, Munich: Handwerkskammer Munchen und Oberbayern, 2017. Exhibition catalog.
Open Space — Mind Maps, Stockholm: Nationalmuseum Stockholm 2016. Exhibition catalog.
Iris Eichenberg, “Making Space,” in Shows and Tales: On Jewelry Exhibition Making, edited by Benjamin Lignel (Mill Valley, CA: Art Jewelry Forum, 2015) 118–125
Jennifer Navva Milliken, “Iris Eichenberg’s Graduation Show,” in Shows and Tales: On Jewelry Exhibition Making, edited by Benjamin Lignel (Mill Valley, CA: Art Jewelry Forum, 2015) 60–65
Ruudt Peters, Body Alchemy: Hangzhou Contemporary International Jewelry & Metal Arts Triennial, Hangzhou, China, 2015.
Tanel Veenre, Handful: Tanel Veenre Jewellery Diary 2009-2015, (Stuttgart: Arnoldsche, 2015)
AJF: Best of Interviews, edited by Benjamin Lignel (New York: Lark Crafts, 2014)
Suzanne Ramljak, Unique By Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014.
Norman Cherry, Jewellery Design and Development: From Concept to Object (London, A&C Black Visual Arts, 2013)
Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, edited by Damian Skinner (New York: Lark, 2013)
Marjorie Simon, Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, edited by Susan Cohn, Metalsmith 33, no. 3 (2013)
Dorothé Swinkels, “Pink Years Later,” Textiel Plus, no. 220 (summer 2012): 32-34.
Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, edited by Susan Cohn (New York, Rizzoli, 2012).
Roberta Bernabei, Contemporary Jewellers: Interviews with European Artists, (New York: Berg, 2011).
Liesbeth Den Besten, On Jewellery, A Compendium of International Contemporary Art Jewellery (Stuttgart: Arnoldsche, 2011).
Liesbeth den Besten, “Iris Eichenberg: Pink Years Later,” Items 30, no. 3 (2010): 16.
Michael H. Hodges, “Bending Metal,” Detroit News, August 5, 2009.
Lisa Gralnick, “Start With The Wound: The Work of Iris Eichenberg,” Metalsmith 28, no. 5 (2008): 34-44.
Roger Green, “Cranbrook, Craft and What the Future May Hold,” American Craft 68, no. 4 (2008): 55–61.
Lynn Crawford, “Women’s Work: Iris Eichenberg Makes a Mark for Herself and Her Grandmother,” Metrotimes, December 12, 2007.
Jennifer Cross Gans, review of Golden Clogs, Dutch Mountains, Velvet Da Vinci, New York, Metalsmith 27, no. 5 (2007): 57.
Ellen Lupton, “Framing the Art of Jewelry,” Metalsmith: Exhibition in Print 27, no. 4 (2007): 52-53.
Ursula I. Neuman, “Der Schmuck entdeckt Amerika,” Kunsthandwerk & Design 2 (March-April 2006): 4–11.
Anne Berk, “Weiss,” Kunstbeeld 29, no. 9 (2005).
Katja Polianac, “Sewed, Embroidered and crochet- Jewelry in a New Costume,” GZ Art & Design, no. 3 (August 2005): 70–73.
Marjan Boot, “Loss: Celio Braga, Iris Eichenberg, Suska Mackert,” Nieuwsbrief vanBureau Amsterdam, no. 83 (2004).
Chris Reinewald, “Iris Eichenbergs eigenzinnige sieraden,” Elegance 61, no. 11 (November 2004): 106–108.
Marjan Unger, Het Nederlandse Sieraad in de 20ste eeuw, Bussum: Thoth (2004)
2005 Incentive Grant, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB), Amsterdam, NL
2002 Incentive Grant, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, NL
2001 Basic Grant, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, NL
2001 Artist in Residence, European Ceramic Workcenter (EKWC) s’-Hertogenbosch, NL
2000 Artist Stimulation Award, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Amsterdam, NL
1999 Herbert Hofmann Prize, Schmuckszene 1999, Munich, DE
1999 Artist in Residence, EKWC, s’-Hertogenbosch, NL