Lou Golino published a nice article on Coin Update January 3, 2019 about the recently concluded First International Coin Designer Training program. Held in Shanghai,
international coin and medal designer Joel Iskowitz, formerly of the U.S. Mint's Artistic Infusion Program, was among several veteran coin designers and medallic artists from
around the world who shared their expertise. Here's an excerpt, but see the complete article online for more information and pictures. -Editor
2018 International Coin Designer Training at Shanghai Mint participants
In early December the Chinese Mint held the first International Coin Designer Training program at its Shanghai branch mint, which brought together several prominent coin
designers from Europe, the U.S., and China. These experienced coin designers and medallic artists shared their wealth of experience with artists and designers from China during
several days of presentations and workshops.
Joel was invited to be one of the program instructors by Ms. Tina Deng of the Shanghai Mint. He is no stranger to China, having previously been there 25 years ago on a U.S. Air
Force Art Program assignment.
2018 International Coin Designer Training instructors Erkki Vainio, Joel Iskowitz (with glasses), and Chinese coin designers.
Reflecting on the recent program, Joel said:
I have always believed that art is a universal language which transcends cultural and physical barriers and even time itself. As a designer of coins and medals, I have
witnessed their powerful role as ambassadors of good will which connect humankind in marvelous ways. Envoys of our collective human story, they are miniature in physical size yet
epic in content. Coins and medals are the nexus of history, art, and beauty.
It is my hope and belief that this first successful International Coin Designer Training inaugurates and inspires a new frontier of dedicated collaboration, a golden era of
beautiful coins and medals that combine the best of our cultures and talents to add to the beauty and harmony of our world.
Joel noted that the artist identified in the article's photo as Zu Xiuai, is actually an unidentified artist who was a member of Joel's design team. Zu Xiuai is a lead
designer/sculptor employee of the Shanghai Mint. He is second from the left in the below photo, next to Joel. -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
First International Coin Designer Training program held in Shanghai
Wayne Homren, Editor
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