February 3 – June 16, 2007

The Birmingham Historical Museum & Park hosted a juried show of art medals that featured over fifty pieces by members of AMSA. This was, therefore, the largest exhibition presented by our organization.

The medals, on display at the Museum Exhibit Room, were available for purchase. The show has been documented by a catalog, which will be available for a nominal fee.

AMSA member Mark Benvenuto, professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, is the author of the idea for the exhibition. The Birmingham-Bloomfeld area has been a place where artists have lived, created, and felt comfortable for a long time.

List of participants includes: Amanullah Haiderzad, Victor Sirotin, Michael Meszaros, Mashiko, Thomas Diehn, Jeanne Stevens-Sollman, Ann Shaper-Pollack, Sylvia Perle, Jacqueline Lorieo, Friedrike Merck, Deborah Patterson Dass, Geert Maas, Janet Indick, Anne-Lise Deering and Mark Benvenuto.

Leslie Mio, Museum Assistant at the BHM&P states: “Every medal entered was accepted. They were all so interesting, I could not find one to not include… All of the medals were so beautiful. As I opened each package, I seemed to find a new favorite inside. I was surprised at the variety of subjects and styles of the pieces.”

The mission of the Museum, which opened in May 2001, is to preserve, protect and promote the community’s unique heritage. A primary focus of the Museum is to expand educational programs for area schools.

The Birmingham Historical Museum & Park is open for public tours Wednesday-Saturday from 1-4 P.M. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors, students and BHS members.

The Birmingham Historical Museum & Park, 556 W. Maple, is located at the intersection of Maple (15 Mile Rd.) and Southfield in Birmingham. 2 hours of free parking is available at the Chester Street structure located on Maple across from the Museum.

For more information about the museum please call 248.642.2817 or email museum@ci.birmingham.mi.us