Two medalists received the Mel Wacks Judaica Art Medal Award at the Tokyo FIDEM. Here's the press release.
Mel Wacks Judaica Art Medal Award Announced at FIDEM Tokyo 2020/2021
At FIDEM Tokyo 2020/2021, the biennial Congress of the International Art Medal Federation, two medalists were chosen to share the Mel Wacks Judaica Art Medal Award, for Judaic, Biblical or Holy Land themes - Ewa Olszewska-Borys of Poland and Romualdas Incirauskas of Lithuania. Each will receive an engraved silver medal, courtesy of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, and will share the $250 prize money, presented by the Cincinnati Skirball Museum, home of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame Medal Collection. Wacks founded the Jewish-American Hall of Fame in 1969, and has served as its director since then.
Ewa Olszewska-Borys' medal, titled E=mc², is described in the catalog as:
Albert Einstein predicted gravity waves first observed in 2015. The reverse of the medal shows the fusion of two black holes and the gravity waves this generates. The large (127 x 130 mm) rectangular cast bronze medal features a thoughtful Einstein in Ewa's dramatic personal style combining incused and raised surfaces.
The other winning medal, by Romualdas Incirauskas, portrays Chiune Sugihara. It is also rectangular, measuring 150 x 150 mm, and described in the catalog as:
Dedicated to Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara (1900-1986), who lived in Lithuania, in Kaunas, from 1939-1940. During World War II, he saved about 6,000 Jews from Lithuania, Poland and Germany by issuing them with Japanese transit visas. The medal is dedicated to [his] 120th birth anniversary. The symbols on the reverse convey the tragedy of the Jewish people. The reverse depicts a large Star of David intertwined with scenes of Jewish victims behind barbed wire fences of the death camps, with inscriptions:
6000 lives and a quote from Matthew 5:6-10, ending with
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Collectors can contact these medalists for availability and pricing information at
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