Scholarship Competition to Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts is Open

Posted on September 18, 2012

Goldsmith Alice Abrams has been working since the mid-50s and is deeply committed to the art of jewelry and metalsmithing. Years ago, she heard that I had started a scholarship fund and just sent me a check -- she wanted to help a young designer and education is the best way, she said.

It must be clear by now, even to the most casual observer, that I love helping designers. I have done so many different projects, events, services and more to use my talents to help further yours.

For many years we had been raising funds  — mostly with charity auctions and some donations — and building our fund in a Community Trust and now we’ve initiated the process of distributing the funds in the form of scholarships.

Our first scholarship grant is in honor of Colorado jewelry designer Alice Abrams and will be awarded to an active jewelry designer who wishes to attend the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, California. The prize is $2500 towards tuition on any class(s).

This scholarship is in Alice’s name since she was the first individual to donate to our Education Fund. She heard that I had started a scholarship fund and just sent me a check unsolicited — she wanted to help a young designer and education is the best way, she said.

And so the first scholarship is in her name and we hope to find a lovely young artist who embodies the same spirit of artistic adventure as Alice does.

Alice’s talent and dedication to her craft, plus her commitment to helping others is well documented. But few know how far back her career goes or how deep her roots extend in the metalsmithing community. She was in all likelihood the first woman to have a union card as a bench jeweler in the early ’50’s. Since then, over the course of her career, Alice has displayed her collections nationally and sold her work through art and jewelry galleries around the country as well as producing pieces for private commissions.



The online application opens Sept. 15th 2012 and the deadline is Jan. 15th, 2013.

The scholarship competition is open to anyone looking for the Revere Academy educational experience.

Jurors will look for an individual whose work displays original, innovative, high quality jewelry design. The winner will be awarded $2500 in tuition credit, which can be applied toward any classes at the school for one year, including the Academy’s famed Master’s Symposium that takes place each Spring. Applicants must submit three print-ready images (up to 9MB in size each) of their work and answer two short essay questions.

The online application can be reached at

Deadline: is January 15th, 2013 (MST) and the entry fee is $25.



The Future of Design Jewelry Education Fund in The New York Community Trust was established by Edelstein “to foster the future development of talented American jewelry designers by providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships, partial scholarships and awards to qualified students studying design and/or metals and/or jewelry courses at accredited educational institutions.”

This Education Fund shares a name with my Business Incubator Contest, The Future of Design, but is not connected in any way. I just liked the name so much — and what it stands for — that wound up using it twice.



A designer and goldsmith, Alice Abrams began her career in the arts at age eight, when she won her first art award from P.S. 233 in New York City. Alice was selected to attend New York’s prestigious High School of Music and Art, after which she attended Cornell University’s School of Architecture. Ms. Abrams then graduated from Pratt Institute in New York, majoring in Art Education. Ms. Abrams’ nascent artistic abilities were enhanced during an apprenticeship to highly recognized New York goldsmith, Ed Weiner. One of the earliest recognitions for her jewelry began with the “Young Americans Competition” in 1954, the same year she established Alice Abrams Jewelry. Subsequently Ms. Abrams received awards ranging from the “NASA Space Competition” to the “Swarovski Award,” and she has represented the United States in an exhibition in Japan.

Ms. Abrams is a founding board member of the Alliance for Contemporary Art in Denver, and also a member of the International Women’s Forum, a worldwide networking organization of women community leaders as well as The Society of North American Goldsmiths, The Women’s Jewelry Association, San Diego and The Colorado Metalsmiths Association. Alice Abrams is married to Dr. Fredrick R. Abrams and they have three sons.



The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts has been a center for jewelers and jewelry since 1979, when it was founded by master goldsmith Alan Revere. Over the past 30 years, thousands of students and professional jewelers, from across the US and around the globe, have come to San Francisco to learn traditional jewelry making skills. “The Revere Academy is a great place to begin a career, add new skills, stimulate creativity, and network,” says it founder and director, Alan Revere who teaches many of the classes. Students of all ages and abilities learn from nationally recognized craftsmen who teach the skills they use every day. The faculty includes more than a dozen master craftsmen and experts who love what they do and are eager to share their passion and knowledge. Located in the beautiful corner suite on the ninth floor of the Phelan Building, San Francisco’s historic jewelry center, the Academy has two fully equipped, state-of-the-art studios, which feature live video blow-ups so that students can see every detail. “It’s even better than leaning over a master’s shoulder,” say most students. The Academy’s annual Master’s Symposium offers the opportunity to study under renowned visiting craftsmen and craftswomen who teach the specific techniques that they use to make award-winning work.


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  1. Calla Gold says:

    I love reading about Alice and her viewpoint. What a great Jeweler!

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