92NY Selects 2022 Artist In Residence


The Jewelry Center of the 92nd Street Y, New York (92NY) has selected German goldsmith Alexander Blank (pictured) as its fourth artist in residence.

This marks the return of the 92NY jewelry artist residency after a three-year hiatus. The residency begins on Aug. 17 and ends Sept. 18.

A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Blank is an award-winning designer whose work has been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the United States.

“Blank’s work has consistently pushed the boundaries of contemporary jewelry,” said Jonathan Wahl, 92NY Jewelry Center director and one of the judges for the residency, in a statement. “His current series, EnVague, which he plans to continue while in New York City, is the perfect jewelry for our post-COVID moment of uncertainty and questioning.”

Part of Alexander Blank’s EnVague series

The residency is designed to provide time, space, and facilities for research, experimentation, and the cultivation of new ideas in jewelry and light metalwork, while exposing the artist to New York City and 92NY’s arts and culture.

“I long to travel, and I love New York City,” said Blank in a statement. “Seeing the city as material sounds like a very special fantasy for me in this residency.”

Previous Jewelry Center artists in residence are Claudia Lepik in 2019, Ineke Heerkens in 2018, and Göran Kling in 2017.

A record number of applications (97) were submitted for this year’s residency from artists from around the world.

Top: Photo by Barbara Posch (courtesy of the 92nd Street Y, New York)

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By: Rob Bates

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