Artist Statement

My first encounter with jewelry as an art form was the Egyptian collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which I visited frequently during my school years. The impressions made by those incredibly beautiful ornaments continue to affect the shape and meaning in my work. Over the years I have studied the ornaments of many ancient cultures which approach human adornment with freedom and dramatic power which is, perhaps, not possible in contemporary society. However, the visual and psychological impact of such jewelry stimulates my imagination and influences my choice of form, image and material. The scale, the color, the dramatic quality of the ornaments and the simple, direct working of materials to achieve complex results provide inspiration and a standard I strive to achieve. It has also taught me to deal with the technical aspects of metalwork with directness and simplicity, recognizing that technical virtuosity is not an end in itself. It has been a continuing challenge to approach the effectiveness and simplicity of the jewelry of ancient cultures, to make jewelry which is extravagant yet relevant to our time and lifestyle.


Professor of Art (Emerita) - San Diego State University


1952 B.S. in Art, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
1954 M.A. in Art, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
1956 - 57 Kunsthaandvaerkerskolen (School of Arts and Crafts), Copenhagen, Denmark

Teaching Positions

1961 - 2000 San Diego State University, Professor of Art
1957 - 1961 Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, Instructor in Art
1954 - 1956 Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusett, Instructor of Art

Honors and Awards

2002 Doctor of Humane Letters, Skidmore College
2001 Gold Medal, American Craft Council
2000 Honorary Membership, Society of North American Goldsmiths
  Distinguished Craft Educator Award, James Renwick Alliance
1996 Outstanding Professor, San Diego State University
1994 Award,"Lifetime Achievement in the Crafts", Nat. Mus. of Women in the Arts, Wash. D.C.
1990 Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award, SDSU
1989 Fulbright Grant, Lecturer, Montevideo, Uruguay
  CSU Award for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity
1986 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 
1985 Declared a "Living Treasure of California" by Resolution of California State Assembly
1982 Fulbright Grant, Lecturer, Vienna, Austria
1981 NEA Services to the Field Project Grant
1979 NEA Craftsman's Workshop Grant (Project Director)
1977 NEA Craftsman's Apprentice Grant
1975 National Endowment for the Arts Craftsman's Fellowship
1966 Fulbright Research Grant to Denmark (plus three-month extension)
1956 Fulbright Grant for study in Denmark

Professional Positions

Trustee, American Craft Council, (1994-00)
Board of Trustees, Haystack Mt, School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine (73-82,91-2000)
President, Society of North American Goldsmiths (1982-85)
Fellow of the American Crafts Council, Class of 1979
Vice President for North America, World Crafts Council (1976-81)
Craftsman-Trustee, American Crafts Council (1972-75)
Founding Member, Society of North American Goldsmiths(1969)


Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Montreal, Canada 
Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, Minnesota
Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London, England
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK
Objects:  USA, The Johnson Wax Collection
San Diego Historical Soc. Decorative Arts
Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Museum of Applied Art, Trondheim, Norway 
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo, Norway
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland
Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen
Natonal Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
Museum of Fine Art, Boston
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, Michigan
American Craft Museum, New York City
Vatican Museum, Rome
Danner Collection, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Houston Museum of Fine Art, Texas
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Exhibitions (Selected)

1955 "American Jewelry and Related Objects", Huntington, West Virginia plus touring section
1957  U.S. Education Foundation in Denmark, SOLO EXHIBITION
1958 "Young Americans", Museum of Contemporary Crafts, NYC
1962 Pasadena Museum of Art - SOLO EXHIBITION
1963 "California Crafts III", Oakland AWARD
  "Jewelry International", Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York
1964 USIA Traveling Exhibition to Latin America
1965 "California Design Nine", Pasadena Art Museum, California
  "Art of Personal Adornment", Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York
1967 Kunstindustrimuseet  Copenhagen, Denmark - SOLO EXHIBITION
1968 Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York City - SOLO EXHIBITION
  Museum West, San Francisco - SOLO EXHIBITION
1969 "The Egg and the Eye" - Los Angeles, California - SOLO EXHIBITION
1970 "Goldsmith 70", Minnesota Museum of Artand Museum of Cont. Crafts, NYC
1971 Goldsmiths Hall, London - SOLO EXHIBITION
  Lee Nordness Galleries, New York City - SOLO EXHIBITION
  "Form and Quality", International Handicraft Fair, Munich-GOLD MEDAL AWARD
  "Schmuck-Objekte", Museum Bellerive, Zurich
1972 "5000 Years of Gold Jewellery", Goldsmiths Hall, London
1973 The Slocumb Gallery, Johnson City, Tennessee - SOLO EXHIBITION
  "Tendenzen - 73", Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim
1974 First World Crafts Exhibition, Ontario Science Center, Toronto
  "Kreativer Schmuck", 32 International Jewelers, Basel, Switzerland
1975 Florence Duhl Gallery, New York City - SOLO EXHIBITION
  "Contemporary Crafts of the Americas", tour sponsored by Smithsonian Institution
1976 "Theme:  Jewellery", Special Exhibition of Swiss Industries Fair, Basel
  "Six Contemporary American Jewellers", Electrum Gallery, London
1977 Southwest Missouri State University - SOLO EXHIBITION
  "Schmuck 77 - Tendenzen", Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim
1978 "Craft Art and Religion", Vatican Museum, Rome
  "Modern American Jewelry", Tokyo, Japan
  "Sculpture to Wear", La Jolla Museum of Art, California
1979 "International Jewellery Art Exhibition", Tokyo, Japan
1980  Electrum Gallery, London, England - SOLO EXHIBITION
  "International Jewellery 1900 - 1980", Vienna, Austria
1981 FISCH AND HU, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon - DUO EXHIBITION
  "Der Goldene Faden, Texturen in Gold" Schwabisch Gmund - PRIZE
1982 Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Vienna - SOLO EXHIBITION
1983 Electrum Gallery, London, SOLO EXHIBITION
  1983 International Jewellery Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan.  Catalog
1984 "Jewelry USA", American Craft Museum, NYC
  Contemporary Jewellery, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
1985 Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, SOLO EXHIBITION
  AMERICAN JEWELRY NOW, USIA touring exhibition
  "New Tradition:  The Evolution of Jewellery 1966-85", British Craft Centre, London
1986 International Jewellery Exhibition, Tokyo, Catalog
  "Craft Today:  Poetry of the Physical", American Craft Museum, NYC, Catalog
  "Perspectives:  International Spirit in Jewellery", Basle, Switzerland, Catalog
  MacQuarie Galleries, Sydney, Australia SOLO EXHIBITION
1987 "Woven Gold", Concepts Gallery, Carmel, CA  SOLO EXHIBITION
  "Woven Gold", Electum Gallery, London, SOLO EXHIBITION
1988 "Woven Gold", Galerie am Graben, Vienna, SOLO EXHIBITION
1989 Museum of Fine Arts, Montevideo, Uruguay.  SOLO EXHIBITION
  "Smykker I Metal: 10 International Jewellers".  Copenhagen, DK
  "Craft Today USA", USIA exhibition touring Europe.  Catalog
1990 "Ornamenta 1" International Jewelry Exhibition, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim.  Catalog.
  "Woven Gold Spirit Houses" Hand & Spirit, Scottsdale, AZ.   SOLO EXHIBITION
1991  "Schmuckszene 91", Munich Handcraft Fair, Germany and Ireland
1992 "Design Vision" International Triennial, Art Gallery of Western Australia
  "American Crafts: The Nation's Collection", Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1993 "Lifetime Achievements", Nat. Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis (catalog)
  "Contemporary Jewellery", TRIO Exhibition, STUDIO COM Gallery, Kyoto
1994 Fanourakis Gallery, Athens, Greece. SOLO EXHIBITION
  "School of Fisch", Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark, Catalog
1995 "School of Fisch", DesignYard, Dublin, Ireland
  "In Our Hands", 3rd International Competition, Nagoya, Japan
1996 "Textile Techniques, New Work", Connell Gallery, Atlanta, GA  SOLO EXHIBITION
  "American Revelations", Shipley Gallery, Gateshead, UK, Catalog.
  "New Times, New Thinking: Jewellery in Europe and America", Crafts Council, London
1997 "Celebrating American Craft, 1975-95" Danish Mus. of Decorative Art, Copenhagen
  "Portrait of Masters in the Crafts", Int'l Handwork Fair, Munich, Germany. Catalog.
  "Designed for Delight: Alternative Aspects of 20th C. Decorative Arts", Canada. Catalog
  "Textile Techniques in Metal", Electrum Gallery, London.  SOLO EXHIBITION
1998 "American Metalanguage", Barbican Center, London  SOLO EXHIBITION
  "Jewellery Moves", National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh
1999 "Fish by Fisch", Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA  SOLO EXHIBITION
2000 "Elegant Fantasy: Jewelry by Arline Fisch", SDHistorical Society,   SOLO RETROSPECTIVE
  "Aluminum by Design:Jewelry to Jets". Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
  "Alles Schmuck",, Museum fur Gestaltung, Zurich
  "Women Designers in the USA: 1900-2000"  Bard Center for Studies in the Dec Arts, NYC
2001 "Elegant Fantasy: The Jewelry of Arline Fisch":, Oakland Museum, CA  SOLO  
  "Elegant Fantasy: The Jewelry of Arline Fisch":, Textile Museum, Washington DC  SOLO 
  "BRAID", Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, DK
2002 "Elegant Fantasy: The Jewelry of Arline Fisch":, American Craft Mus.,NY,  SOLO 
  "Small Works". Longhouse Reserve and MDS Gallery,Tokyo,  Curated by Jack Lenor Larsen
2003 "The Art of Arline Fisch", Tang Museum, Skidmore Coll., Saratoga, NY  SOLO RETROSPECTIVE
  "The Art of California Gold",Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
  "The Art of Gold" , traveling exhibition organized by SNAG
  "Boston University's Program in Artisanry", Fuller Museum of Art. Brockton, MA
  "Planting, Potting and Pruning, Artists and the Cultivated Landscape", Racine Art Museum, WI
  "Flechten", Handwerks Pflege in Bayern, Munich, Germany
  "International Showcase", Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
2004 "Die Danner Rotunde",Schmuck in der Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
  "California Design 2004", San Francisco
  "Master and Student", National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
2005 "Transformations, The Language of Craft", National Gallery of Australia
  "Scents of Purpose, Artists Interpret the Spice Box", Cont. Jewish Museum, San Francisco