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"I have a dream..." INTERNATIONAL MEDALLIC PROJECT 2017 - bulgaria


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Exhibition of FIDEM 2016 medals in Beijing (China) in 2017
It is the hope that the medals currently on show in Belgium (and to be returned early next year) will travel in 2017 to an exhibition in Beijing. This is not an official FIDEM exhibition, but it represents an exciting opportunity for those countries and artists who wish to participate. For the exhibition to be realised, a minimum of 300 medals out of the 900 medals shown in Belgium are required.

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conceptual medal by mirjam mieras(the netherlands)

"Black Hole / 2016 is a medal which glows in the dark. The obverse shows a black hole absorbing stardust, stars and planets. The reverse is a close-up of the black hole with planets falling into the darkness. My Black Holes are made made from Fimo, great stuff from Staedtler."

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conceptual medal by linda Verkaaik (the netherlands)


"The medal’s natural habit is to be touched, to hold in your hand…so you can see close by,
all what is inside… its message. I can only control what’s in the palm of my own hand. "



conceptual medal by james malonebeach (USA)



"This is a conceptual medal which is an installation that I made about my amazing time in Finland. While at the symposium I had the rest of the participants make a impression of there thumb print in wax. I then cast these impressions in bronze. I also photographed the artists eye's. The finished works are displayed with images of the artists eyes and below are thirteen small soap stone containers, each holding one of the artists thumb print, with there name imprinted into the side of the medal. The table is illuminated from below which shows a gradual variation in light from left to right, symbolizing the gradual change in memory and the lack of interaction with the participants."




Two czech medal projects

Medallist Otakar Dušek is presenting two of his medal projects in movies. One is about the presentation of a commemorative medal for the anniversary of the Czech Republic and the second one for the medal over

Jan Palach (1948-1969)

a Czech student of history and political economy who committed self-immolation as a political protest against the end of the Prague Spring resulting from the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies.


The medal is based on the death mask of Jan Palach which was borrowed from its creator, Olbram Zoubek, for the sole purpose of aiding the creation of this medal. Otakar2The main motive on the obverse side of the medal depicts the burned lips of Jan Palach which can never be silenced and which symbolically speak to future generations. The lips on the medal were transferred in a ratio of 1: 1 to the smallest detail. The reverse side of the medal carries a statement by the dying Palach: "A man must fight against the evil that he is able to fight” by which he justified his act. The medal is stored in a medal box reminiscent of a surgical instruments case. The text on the upper lid says: JAN PALACH, 16-01 – 1969. The creative film Opus 13 – Palach was a part of the creation process.

Opus 12 - Czech Republic Commemorative Medal
Opus 13 - Jan Palach Medal

testing the boundaries of the medal-art world
and discovering new ways to approach medal-art

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two Bulgarian Generations
The oldest and the youngest , Dolno Kamarci - bulgaria

A summer medal workshop was held between 12 to 16 July 2016 in Bulgaria




a tribute to Professor and Sculptor Helder Batista,
Lisbon - Portugal

HonorBatistaOn 18 February 2016, the Portuguese Sculptor Vitor Santos and Mr. Vasco Costa, Director of Gravarte, organized a tribute to the Professor and sculptor Helder Batista at the restaurant Gaucha, in Lisbon.

It was at Gaucha that they always had their reunions and weekly gatherings. A plaque to honor the Professor, next to the place where he always sat was uncovered. Family, friends, old students and colleagues remembered the lessons and the strong persHonorBatistaonality of the Teacher that pass away a year ago in 2015.

The honor plaque says “In this place the sculptor Professor Helder Batista had lunch every thursday - a reference to all the friends 1932-2015”.



Frick Collection, New York - USA

The Frick is pleased to announce a promised gift of portrait medals from the Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher Collection. Considered to be the world’s greatest medals collection in private hands, rivaling and often surpassing those in American museums such as the National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, it is noted for its comprehensiveness and outstanding quality. An initial gift of about 450 medals will beautifully trace the development of the art of the medal from its inception in the fifteenth century through the nineteenth century.

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American Medal of the Year Award 2015- USA

Mel Wacks, Jury Chair of the the American Medallic Sculpture Association’s American Medal of the Year (AMY) Award, has announced that the winner of the 2015 competition is the innovative 3-part medal “Season of the Crow” by Richard Bonham. Runner up was another unorthodox medal “The Past Watching the Future Appear” by Polly Purvis.

Bonham Bonham

Richard Bonham graduated from Kutztown State College, Pennsylvania in Art Education. He was hired by the Bloomsburg School District as an art teacher and spent the next thirty-eight years teaching. Along with teaching, Bonham set up a bronze casting foundry and produced sculpture and competed for Bonhamsculpture commissions. In 1984 he saw an advertisement for the International Medallic Art Workshop organized by John Cook, professor of art and a fellow in the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Not only was the workshop “a wonderful learning experience,” according to Bonham, but he had the opportunity to meet and work with people who are today some of the finest medallic sculptors. Bonham joined the American Medallic Sculpture Association and has participated in most of AMSA’s exhibitions since that time.

Richard Bonham has also made metal prototype guns, swords, armor and anything else needed for the popular line of twelve-inch G.I. Joe figures. Since most of the miniature prototypes created were of objects that were originally machined, not cast and the one-sixth scale so small, he found that sculpting these objects from clay or wax was not a viable option. Bonham created prototypes by handcrafting dozens and sometimes a hundred or so individual pieces of Bonhambrass that were brazed and silver soldered together to form the final object. The prototypes would then be sent to China where a pantograph machining system would create injection molds to produce the final plastic toy. About this time Bonham became disenchanted with the bronze casting process. Sculpting the original model, making a rubber mold, casting a wax model, making an investment mold, burning out the wax and casting bronze then finishing the bronze was a long, tiring process.

He decided to make one-of-a-kind medals using the same techniques used to make the toy prototypes. Bonham creates his sculptures from brass, bronze, copper, gold and silver. His main design influences are Meiji period Japanese metalworking designs and techniques. All of Bonham’s medals are unique and require many hours of work to create each piece, such as the AMY Award winning “Season of the Crow.” It is not for sale.

PurvisPurvisPolly Purvis’ "The Past Watching the Future Appear" medal was fabricated with found metals. Thus, there is no “edition;” however a second "variation" will be available that is similar to the original.

The American Medallic Sculpture Association (AMSA) is a group of sculptors, artists, collectors, etc. with a common interest in promoting medallic art. AMSA publishes a quarterly newsletter and maintains a website; dues are $40 per year. For further information about AMSA, or contact information for Richard Bonham or Polly Purvis, email

Attached are pictures of the winning and runner-up medals of the 2015 AMY.
For further information, contact Mel Wacks at:


the bams struck medal award

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PushkinDatabaseThe Coins&Medals Department of the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts has developed an internet portal of their collection. At the moment it is the only resource of this kind existing in the Russian Federation. One of the main aims of this resource is to provide access to the electronic database of the museum numismatic collections for the public and specialists.

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