Manhattan Chapter of the GIA Alumni
Manhattan Chapter of the GIA Alumni

Breaking the Museum Code


Donna Distefano


Artist and master goldsmith Donna Distefano is dedicated to jewelry history and is part of the evolution of goldsmithing from antiquity to the present day. Before establishing her private atelier in 1994, Ms. Distefano was the senior goldsmith at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, responsible for creating the museum's jewelry reproductions. In 2016, she began to produce jewelry collections for the Met Store, in conjunction with the Michelangelo exhibition. In 2017, she co-branded a series of collections with the Met in celebration of Heavenly Bodies. Her personal 2019 Rock Ready collection includes inspiration from Met works by artists such as Henry Weston Keen and celebrity friends including Joe Perry, whose BladeRunner guitar is on display at the Met until October 1.
Donna will be discussing her different roles with museums over her career and how she turned a passion for Italian art and literature into a lifelong career.

Date: Wednesday, September 18th, 2019  


Time: 6:00PM Cash Bar & Networking

           6:30PM Dinner

           7:30PM Lecture


Place: Connolly's, 14 East 47th Street (between Madison/Fifth Aves.)


Cost: $56 Students and Members $59 Non-Members.

           As the Manhattan Chapter has a contractrual obligation with Connolly's,              no refunds can be made. Attendance without reservation will require cash or            check at the door, based on space availability. Limited to 50.

           As a courtesy to our alumni and speaker there will be no admittance after 7PM.



RSVP: Reservations must be in by Monday, Sept. 16th, 2019


Payment: Eventbrite will become available....stay tuned!


Questions: Contact  Gail B. Levine, G.G.,   718.897.7305


Grateful appreciation to Sara Olsen Ritchie for her raffle donation at the May meeting.  It contributed toward the 2019 effort for the Eunice Miles Scholarship Fund.

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