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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Future of Design Jewelry Education Fund’s Alice Abrams Scholarship To The Revere Academy


Announcing the 
Future of Design Jewelry Education Fund’s
Alice Abrams Scholarship Contest 
to the Revere Academy

The Future of Design Jewelry Education Fund, a charitable fund founded and administered by Cindy Edelstein, announces it’s first scholarship competition this month to the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco.

The online application opens Sept. 15th 2012 - deadline is Jan. 15th, 2013.
This year’s grant is in honor of Colorado jewelry designer Alice Abrams and will be awarded to an active jewelry designer who wishes to attend the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, California.

The Future of Design Jewelry Education Fund in The New York Community Trust was established by Edelstein “to foster the future development of talented American jewelry designers by providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships, partial scholarships and awards to qualified students studying design and/or metals and/or jewelry courses at accredited educational institutions.”
Ms. Abrams is an accomplished jewelry designer as well as a longtime supporter of young talent in the jewelry industry. Now she is going further by providing a generous contribution for the first scholarship from The Future of Design Jewelry Education Fund, which will be awarded in her honor. 

“Alice’s talent and dedication to her craft, plus her commitment to helping others is well documented,” said Ms. Edelstein. “But few know how far back her career goes or how deep her roots extend in the metalsmithing community." She was, Edelstein continued, "in all likelihood the first woman to have a union card as a bench jeweler in the early '50's. Since then,” Ms. Edelstein added, "Over the course of her career, Alice has displayed her collections nationally and sold her work through art and jewelry galleries around the country as well as producing pieces for private commissions.”

The scholarship competition is open to anyone looking for the Revere Academy educational experience. Jurors will look for an individual whose work displays original, innovative, high quality jewelry design. The winner will be awarded $2500 in tuition credit, which can be applied toward any classes at the school for one year, including the Academy’s famed Master’s Symposium that takes place each Spring. Applicants must submit three print-ready images (up to 9MB in size each) of their work and answer two short essay questions.

The online application can be reached at:

http://www.revereacademy.com/guide/scholarship/alice-abrams-scholarship-contest/
Deadline: is January 15th, 2013 (MST) and the entry fee is $25.

For more information contact: Cindy Edelstein, Future of Design Fund manager at: cindy@jewelersresource.com or at Revere Academy at info@revereacademy.com.


Alice Abrams
A designer and goldsmith, Alice Abrams began her career in the arts at age eight, when she won her first art award from P.S. 233 in New York City. Alice was selected to attend New York's prestigious High School of Music and Art, after which she attended Cornell University's School of Architecture. Ms. Abrams then graduated from Pratt Institute in New York, majoring in Art Education. Ms. Abrams’ nascent artistic abilities were enhanced during an apprenticeship to highly recognized New York goldsmith, Ed Weiner. The earliest recognition for her jewelry was the "Young Americans Competition" in 1954, the same year she established Alice Abrams Jewelry. Subsequently Ms. Abrams received awards ranging from the "NASA Space Competition" to the "Swarovski Award," and she has represented the United States in an exhibition in Japan. 

Ms. Abrams is a founding board member of the Alliance for Contemporary Art in Denver, and also a member of the International Women's Forum, a worldwide networking organization of women community leaders as well as The Society of North American Goldsmiths, The Women's Jewelry Association, San Diego and The Colorado Metalsmiths Association. Alice Abrams is married to Dr. Fredrick R. Abrams and they have three sons. 


The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts
The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts has been a center for jewelers and jewelry since 1979, when it was founded by master goldsmith Alan Revere. Over the past 30 years, thousands of students and professional jewelers, from across the US and around the globe, have come to San Francisco to learn traditional jewelry making skills. “The Revere Academy is a great place to begin a career, add new skills, stimulate creativity, and network,” says it founder and director, Alan Revere who teaches many of the classes. Students of all ages and abilities learn from nationally recognized craftsmen who teach the skills they use every day. The faculty includes more than a dozen master craftsmen and experts who love what they do and are eager to share their passion and knowledge. Located in the beautiful corner suite on the ninth floor of the Phelan Building, San Francisco's historic jewelry center, the Academy has two fully equipped, state-of-the-art studios, which feature live video blow-ups so that students can see every detail. “It’s even better than leaning over a master's shoulder,” say most students. The Academy’s annual Master’s Symposium offers the opportunity to study under renowned visiting craftsmen and craftswomen who teach the specific techniques that they use to make award-winning work.


Cindy Edelstein and The Jeweler's Resource Bureau
Cindy Edelstein is an award-winning entrepreneur who has made it her mission to support the growth of designer fine jewelry as a retail category, an art form, and a community. It is a micro-niche but one she has dedicated her whole career to supporting. 

She founded the Future of Design Jewelry Education Fund several years ago as a means to support education and growth in the jewelry design field.

Cindy is an author, speaker, consultant and owner of Jeweler’s Resource Bureau, an umbrella marketing firm specializing in helping designers grow and prosper with unique trade events, publications, seminars and the industry’s first Project Runway-like Business Incubator Contest called Future of Design. 

 She works with big organizations, as well, helping them understand the designer community. She helps trade shows, membership organizations and even foreign export entities work with the design world. Her social media profile spans the worlds of design, manufacturing and retail across the fine jewelry, fine accessory and fine craft industries. She is the co-author with her husband Frank Stankus, of the book “Brilliance: The Art of the American Jewelry Design Council” and together they produce an annual designer business conference, a series of a specialty trade show called globalDESIGN and an online marketing intelligence community for designers. Cindy often addresses design schools, industry gatherings and networking events to help design professionals understand more about entrepreneurship.

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