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1920 AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF GRAPHIC ARTS MEDAL

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While looking for other things this week I came across this nice medal designed by James Earle Fraser (of Buffalo Nickel fame) for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Here's a description from the AIGA web site, with images from the American Numismatic Society. Produced by Medallic Art Company, the medal was created by Fraser in 1920. -Editor

ANS Fraser AIGA medal obverse ANS Fraser AIGA medal reverse

The medal of AIGA—the most distinguished in the field—is awarded to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements, services or other contributions to the field of design and visual communication. The contribution may be in the practice of design, teaching, writing or leadership of the profession. The awards may honor designers posthumously.

Medals have been awarded since 1920 to individuals who have set standards of excellence over a lifetime of work or have made individual contributions to innovation within the practice of design.

Individuals who are honored may work in any country, but the contribution for which they are honored should have had a significant impact on the practice of graphic design in the United States.

To read the complete article, see:
AIGA Medalists (www.aiga.org/medal)

To read the complete ANS description, see:
Bronze Medal of American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York (N.Y.). 1976.263.16 (http://numismatics.org/collection/1976.263.16)

Leonard Baskin's Speech of Acceptance What prompted this discussion? The following non-numismatic auction lot. -Editor

Leonard Baskin's Speech of Acceptance, 1965

Description: Leonard Baskin's Speech of Acceptance on receiving the medal of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York, April 28, 1965.

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 6167: Leonard Baskin's Speech of Acceptance, 1965 (https://connect.invaluable.com/woodshedgallery/auction-lot/Leonard-Baskin-s-Speech-of-Acceptance%2C-1965_C1C407980F/)

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