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ANA Art of Engraving Class and the Gilroy Roberts Foundation Scholarship

My second week at the ANA’s 39th Annual Sumemr Seminar is as a participant in the Art of Engraving Class as one of six selected awardees of a scholarship from the Gilroy Roberts Foundation.

Some of you may know Gilroy Roberts as the designer of the obverse of the Kennedy half dollars, others as one of the artists who founded the Franklin Mint, and finally others as the designer of many U.S. postage stamps from the 1940s and 1950s.

The class is one week in length, and is held for two consecutive years. This year the projects are plaster based, next year the class will stress steel engraving.

The six participants, Barbara Matteson, Michael Conlin, Daniel Carr, Joseph Paonessa, Carmen Isasi and myself brought work to display this week at the Coburn Gallery at Colorado College. The opening was held July 1st, and the works will be on display till July 5th.

Over 125 people attended the opening night reception, which included chello music in addition to the wine and cheese.

Several pieces were sold to active collectors of modern stuck or cast medals, as well as glass work.

I’ve been working on a concept project of a bowling theme medal design, for which I did the drawings for in 1994! Artists just never throw something useful out.


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