August 2015 – Exhibition now on view at GIA
After completing a run at the Kent State University Museum in May 2015, "Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design by the American Jewelry Design Council" has moved to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Museum in Carlsbad, CA.
The exhibition, which now includes the AJDC Design Projects from 2015 ('Fire') and 2014 ('Rhythm'), opened in Carlsbad in August 2015 and will run through June 2016. A gala opening event will take place at GIA on October 8, 2015 in conjunction with the GIA Career Fair. Attendance at the Gala is by invitation only.
The exhibit is open to the public during the GIA museum hours.
“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.”