Women and Jewelry: Collectors, Designers, Makers Speakers
(in alphabetical order)

Ulysses Grant Dietz, was a curator for thirty-seven years at The Newark Museum. The first exhibition Dietz curated for the Museum was A Festival of Quilts in 1980. Since then, he curated more than 100 exhibitions and installations that showcased themes in the decorative arts such as art glass, studio ceramics, 19th-century furniture, three centuries of American silver and Newark’s jewelry industry. Dietz was named Chief Curator in 2012. He retired in 2017. Throughout his career he maintained a strong interest in the 19th century and has always tried to tell the stories of Newark and New Jersey through objects made and used here. He is the author of a number of books on the decorative arts and several books of fiction as well. He is the great-great grandson of President Ulysses S. Grant.

Helen Drutt, is a renowned former gallerist, author, lecturer, curator and collector who helped to elevate American crafts on the global stage and introduced renowned international craft artists to the United States.

Drutt was a founding member of the Philadelphia Council of Professional Craftsmen (1967–1974), developed the first college-level syllabus on the history of modern crafts and founded the Helen Drutt Gallery in Philadelphia [1973–2002]—one of the first galleries in the country dedicated to modern and contemporary crafts.

Elyse Zorn Karlin, is the co-director of the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts (ASJRA) and the publisher of Adornment Magazine. She is author of the book Jewelry and Metalwork in the Arts & Crafts Tradition, co-author of Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry, editor of Maker and Muse: Women and 20th Century Art Jewelry and author of the catalog Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age. She lectures frequently, and is also a freelance curator.

The exhibition she conceived of and curated, Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age is currently on view at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, GA through October 2021, the exhibition’s third venue. Her other exhibitions include: Maker and Muse: Women and 20th Century Art Jewelry, International Art Jewelry: 1895-1925, Jewelers of the Hudson Valley, and Finer Things: Jewelry and Accessories from the 1880s-1930s.

She is a past president of the American Society of Jewelry Historians.

Jan Krulick-Belin, is a museum and art consultant, and art and jewelry historian with nearly forty years of experience at such institutions as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Denver Art Museum, Beaumont (Texas) Art Museum, and Smithsonian Institution. Retired as Director of Education at the Phoenix Art Museum, she still works with museums, art organizations, and private collectors, and serves as guest curator at the Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum in Phoenix.

Jan has a bachelor's degree in art history from the State University of New York, Binghamton, and a master's degree in museum education from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Megan Martinelli, is the Assistant Curator of Apparel, Jewelry, and Accessories, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. She joined the curatorial staff after spending three years as a Research Assistant with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

Yvonne Markowitz, is co-director of the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts and editor of Adornment Magazine. In 2006 she was appointed the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The first curatorship of its kind in America, Ms. Markowitz oversaw the museum's exceptional collection of jewelry. She retired as curator emerita in 2015.

She has published extensively in the areas of ancient and contemporary jewelry. She is the author of a number of books on jewelry including: Artful Adornments: Jewelry from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,Oscar Heyman: The Jeweler’s Jeweler; Jewels of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Treasures from the Worcester Art Museum; Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles and Techniques; The Jewels of Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin; Jewels of Ancient Nubia; Nubian Gold: Ancient Jewelry from Sudan and Egypt; and American Luxury: Jewelry from the House of Tiffany as well as and co-author of Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry.

Yvonne curated many exhibitions at the MFA including: Gold and Gods: Jewelry of Ancient Nubia, Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry, Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silent Screen, Jewels, Gems, and Treasures: Ancient to Modern. She is currently working on Jewels of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Treasures from the Worcester Art Museum which will be opening in 2022.

Bella Neyman, is the co-founder of New York City Jewelry Week. She is also an independent curator and journalist specializing in contemporary jewelry. Most recently she served on the Curatorial Advisory Committee for 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now (on view through 2022) at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City.  Bella holds a Master’s Degree in Decorative Arts and Design History from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum & Parsons, The New School for Design and has worked for some of New York City’s leading design galleries. Her articles have been published in The New York Times, American Craft, and the Magazine Antiques and is a frequent contributor to Metalsmith Magazine. She lectures on topics related to the history of jewelry at the 92Y Jewelry Center and Christie’s Education, She is on the Board of Art Jewelry Forum.

Caroline Perkowski, is the Archivist for the jewelry houses, Verdura and Belperron, overseeing the brands assets and development. She began her career as an intern at Verdura in 2005, joining the company full-time after graduating from Yale University in 2007. Over the past 14 years, Caroline has undertaken the digitization and rehousing of the vast archives for both brands, comprised of nearly 20,000 gouache and pencil designs.

While serving as Archivist, Caroline compiled the research for the 2014 public exhibition, The Power of Style: Verdura at 75, hosted at the company’s 745 Fifth Avenue flagship salon and seen by over 8,000 visitors. In addition, Caroline was instrumental in the research and writing for Jewelry by Suzanne Belperron published by Thames & Hudson in 2015, in tandem with the relaunch of the Belperron name and salon. Caroline has worked extensively with museums, authors and private collectors across the globe and collaborates with the marketing department on branding and educational campaigns for both Verdura and Belperron.

Karen Rotenberg, is a Boston treasure known for her sense of style and the extraordinary collection of modernist decorative arts and studio jewelry that she and her husband acquired over the course of a lifetime of travel. Along the way, she has visited and befriended some of Europe’s great jewelry innovators, including Anton Frühauf (Italy) and Jean Vendome (France). Karen wears jewelry for every outing and has a preference for bold “statement” adornments.

Cindi Strauss, is the Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design and Assistant Director, Programming at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. At the MFAH she is responsible for the acquisition, research, and exhibition of post-1900 decorative arts, craft, and design including the Helen Williams Drutt Collection of contemporary jewelry. In her position, she has organized over 30 exhibitions and written catalogues and articles including numerous on jewelry topics. She is most recently the co-author with Susan Cummins and Damian Skinner of In Flux: American Jewelry and the Counterculture (2020).

Beth Carver Wees, is the Curator Emerita, The American Wing, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. where she oversaw the collections of American silver and jewelry. Prior to joining The Met’s staff in 2000 she was Curator of Decorative Arts at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. She lectures internationally and is the author of numerous articles and books, including English, Irish & Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (published in 1997) and Early American Silver in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2013). Beth holds degrees in art history from Smith College and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. She was one of six organizing curators for The Met’s 2018-19 exhibition, Jewelry: The Body Transformed, as well as a contributor to its catalogue. Her special exhibition, Jewelry for America, will remain on view at The Met through the Summer of 2021.



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