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Alice Abrams

Designer/Goldsmith, began her career in the arts when she received her first art award, at eight, from P.S.233. She competed for and was selected to attend the prestigious High School of Music and Art in New York City. Then she attended Cornell University's School of Architecture and subsequently was graduated from Pratt Institute, majoring in Art Education. Her talent was enhanced with an apprenticeship to a highly recognized New York goldsmith, Ed Weiner. She was, in all likelihood, the first woman to have a union card admitting her to bench-work in the jewelry industry in the early '50's. She has exhibited and sold her design and goldsmith collections in national exhibitions, art and jewelry galleries and accepts private commissions. Awards bestowed upon her work began with the "Young Americans Competition" in '54. Subsequently she has received awards such as the "NASA Space Competition," the "Swarovski Award," and represented the US in an exhibition in Japan. Her company, Alice Abrams Jewelry, has been in existence since 1954. Beyond her designing skills, excursions into the multitude of art galleries of New York in the early '50's whet her appetite and focused her interest upon the burgeoning art scene. She became a founding Board Member of the Alliance for Contemporary Art in Denver, and for eight years initiated, produced and directed an annual art acquisition fund-raiser for the Denver Art Museum's newly conceived Department of Contemporary Art. She is a member of the International Women's Forum, a worldwide networking organization of women community leaders; The Society of North American Goldsmiths; The Women's Jewelry Association, San Diego; The Colorado Metalsmiths Association. She is married to Dr. Fredrick R. Abrams and they have three sons: Reid-University Professor and Orthopedic Surgeon: Glenn-Multimedia Producer/Director; Hal-CEO-Syndicated Animal Radio Program.

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