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ANS gives Saltus award

The American Numismatic Society will recognize the work of acclaimed sculptor Theo van de Vathorst Sept. 17.

Vathorst, who is from the Netherlands, will receive ANS’s J. Sanford Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal.

The recognition ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. at ANS headquarters, 140 William St., New York, N.Y.

Known internationally for his work in medallic sculpture, Vathorst was born in 1934 in Utrecht, where he has worked as an artist since 1962. He was trained as a sculptor at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam. There he studied under Paul Gregoire and Vincent Esser.

The Saltus Award was instituted by the ANS in 1919. It is presented periodically to recognize an individual among the foremost artists in this field and is considered to be the most prestigious such prize.

After the award presentation, the Stephen K. Scher Lecture entitled “Suddenly Mad about Portraits: Creating a Taste for German Renaissance Medals and Sculptures” will be delivered by American art historian Dr. Jeffrey Chipps Smith, the Kay Fortson Chair in European Art at the University of Texas, Austin.

An exhibition of Vathorst’s works, accompanied by a selection of German Renaissance medals from the ANS cabinet, will complement the night’s  events.

A cocktail reception will follow at the ANS, and a dinner at 7 p.m. will be held at the 14 Wall Street Restaurant, 31st Floor Penthouse. Dinner is $50 per person. An RSVP is necessary to attend.

For more information, contact Juliette Pelletier, membership, development and events management, by calling (212) 571-4470, ext. 1311, or by e-mailing pelletier@numismatics .org.

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