The art of the modern medal will be featured in three ways by the American Numismatic Assocaiton museum in Colorado Springs starting this September.
First, From September 18-22 a symposium will be held with over 24 lectures and demonstrations for attendees of FIDEM 2007.
Second, it will mark the opening of the 30th International Exposition of Modern Art Medals. More than 1400 pieces will be on display, from artists in over 25 countries. The exposition will be open to the public free of charge for nine months. There will be a well illustrated exhibition catalog available for $39.95 and a commemorative medal for $75.
Thirdly, the talks will be published in a post conference journal, Medallies, as a record of the event.
In his groundbreaking study of the medal in Renaissance Europe, Dr. Stephen Scher calls the medium of medallic portraiture the Currency of Fame. While most of the medals in the exhibit are not portraits, they are quite distinctive, and worthy of a visit either in person to the exhibit, or via the web.
I’ll be there too. I have a medal in the show, I am giving a talk and I sponsor a (cash) prize for an artist under the age of 30.