Published: July 31, 2001
LOUISVILLE, KY. – An exhibition highlighting ‘s permanent collection will be on view from September 9. The 52 medals featured in the exhibition were issued by the Society of Medalists between 1930 and 1962. The exhibit includes works by leading American sculptors such as Paul Manship, Frederick MacMonnies, and Lorado Taft.
The Society of Medalists is a non-profit organization formed in 12930 by George D. Pratt, an art collector and benefactor of the arts. The mission of the organization was to develop in the American people a knowledge and appreciation of medallic art and to recognize and record notable events, personalities, and cultural movements of the past and present in the medium of medallic art. Membership in the organization was by invitation only and was comprised of artists, museums and private collectors.
A competition was held each year to determine which medals would be issued for that year. Artists submitted sketches of their work along with a resume and photographs of other work. They were given free reign in selecting subject matter, although common themes – such as war, peace, nature and the art, and religion – emerge to illustrate issues that concerned American during the Twentieth Century.
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