Richard Jewell writes:
I attended the Annual President's Council Reception last Sunday, April 18th at Brookgreen Gardens. The event was held at the Fountain of the Muses in the bright afternoon sun at Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. I thought this membership medal and its history might prove interesting to your readers.
The 2010 Brookgreen medal, The Calling of the Sculptor by Amy Kann, depicts artistic creation as the sculptor's higher calling. Ms Kann explains: "We aren't free to choose another profession because we are called to this one, much like a priest is called to the priesthood." The obverse depicts a scene from 1910 as Anna Vaugh Hyatt works in the studio on her early triumph in sculpture, the equestrian Joan of Arc.
The Brookgreen Gardens medal series began in 1972, and it's an absolutely wonderful series. Brookgreen houses an amazing collection of sculpture in a glorious outdoor setting. Many of the artists also designed coins and medals, making it a mecca for numismatists in the know (like many of you, dear The E-Sylum readers).
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For more information on this medal and the series, see the images of the program Rich Jewell scanned for us on Flickr:
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