2017 – A Big Year for Artist Michael Izrael Galmer

Michael Izrael Galmer, America’s preeminent silver artist who created commissioned work for Tiffany & Co. for twenty years and his own eponymous line of table pieces and jewelry, is celebrating his 70th birthday as he celebrates a big year in his artistic legacy.


On view through October 29,2017, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, NYC, will showcase several Galmer works in a new exhibition Making/Breaking: new Arrivals.

Through an extensive display of sketches and a step-by-step workshop video, for the first time ever, Galmer has unveiled his innovative silver-making tools and techniques to allow young silver artisans a way to realize their most complex silver design ideas. Especially featured are Galmer’s Chrysanthemum Silver Evening Purse and his Tall Bee Vase.

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Recently unveiled at an emotional standing-room-only reception on May 21, the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Nassau County debuted Galmer’s new, epic Tears of the Holocaust sculpture made of silver, bronze and gold leaf. The sculpture is now part of the Center’s permanent collection, prized due to Galmer’s artistic lineage and message of hope and resilience in the aftermath of the Holocaust.

Debuting in August 2017, the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), DC, will exhibit Galmer’s ingenious Lemon Set including a contemporary pitcher, cups, napkin rings, and tray as well as the artist’s sketch. SAAM acquired the ensemble in April 2017.
In April 2017, Newark Museum, NJ, acquired Galmer’s Hops Blossom Goblet to be included in an exquisite new collection created in honor of the retirement of Ulysses G. Dietz. One of the nation’s top silver experts who has curated for the Museum an exceptional permanent collection of silver throughout American history, Dietz choose the goblet for his farewell permanent display because of Galmer’s role in America’s silvermaking history.

The Biggs Museum of American Art, DE, has announced a retrospective of Galmer’s works as the key exhibition honoring the Museum’s 25th Anniversary year in May 2018. Works will range from his legendary flora and fauna goblets and extraordinary cuff bracelets to table pieces featuring bears, moose, birds and his own iconic design elements.

Galmer began creating silver works in 1981 in Long Island City NY and soon attracted admirers, from private collectors to elite companies including Gorham, Lenox and, most substantially, Tiffany & Co.

To see many of Michael Galmer’s works, visit galmer.com.

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