Yoshiko Yamamoto Umegaka Ring, 2000, 18K and white gold. Courtesy of the artist

Fuller Craft Museum Wins Art Jewelry Forum Award

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Yoshiko Yamamoto Umegaka Ring, 2000, 18K and white gold. Courtesy of the artist

Yoshiko Yamamoto Umegaka Ring, 2000, 18K and white gold. Courtesy of the artist

Brockton, MA—The Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) has awarded the Fuller Craft Museum with its AJF 2010 jewelry exhibition award.

The goal of the AJF jewelry exhibition award is to recognize those who promote contemporary art jewelry to the broader community. The $1,000 award can be used for exhibition and catalog expenses. Indeed, the Fuller Craft Museum is using their award money for the catalog for Atelier Janiye and the Legacy of Miye Matsukata.

Celebrating the work and legacy of Boston-based jewelry artist Miyé Matsukata (1922 – 1991), the exhibition presents a first-time retrospective of Matsukata’s work alongside the work of her colleagues Nancy Wills Michel, Alexandra Solowij Watkins, and Yoshiko Yamamoto. All these jewelry designers are known for combining precious and semiprecious stones with found objects, antiques and 24-karat multi-textured gold.

Matsukata contributed to the changing profile and reception of the jeweler as artist.

The exhibition include approximately 100 pieces of jewelry by Matsukata, Michel, Watkins and Yamamoto from the late 1940s to the present, including drawings and work sketches never before shown. The exhibit runs from January 22 through July 24, 2011.

The grant review committee for the 2010 award included Jamie Bennett, Professor of Art in the Metals Program at the State University at New Paltz, New York; Sienna Patti, owner of Sienna Gallery in Lenox Massachusetts and AJF Board Member; and Lena Vigna, Curator of Exhibitions at Racine Art Museum in Racine Wisconsin, and a recipient of the 2009 grant award.

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