Inside The LOOT 2018 Opening Night Benefit

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On Monday night, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) held their annual LOOT Opening Benefit, which began with a three-hour cocktail portion on the second floor gallery where guests were in a flurry of jewelry shopping. The annual Awards Presentation at MAD’s ROBERT restaurant followed.

The Museum honored four avid studio jewelry and arts philanthropists: Loreen Arbus was presented with her award by LOOT’s Chair Marsy Mittlemann; Carolee Lee was presented by MAD’s Board Member Ann Kaplan, Michael and Karen Rotenberg was presented by LOOT’s Curator Bryna Pomp.

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All four honorees took to the podium and expressed their love for the Museum and the field of jewelry. During Loreen Arbus’s acceptance speech, she announced that MAD was her favorite museum in the world. The Museum’s Chair and Board of Trustees Michele Cohen made the opening remarks at the benefit dinner. Chairman Emerita Barbara Tober and husband Donald Tober were present, as well.

One of the evening highlights was Shannon R. Stratton’s, Chief Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), announcement that artists Isabelle Molénat and Sarran Youkongdee have been awarded the third annual LOOT Acquisition Prize, on the occasion of the eighteenth edition of LOOT: MAD About Jewelry.

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LOOT presents a cross section of the most exciting cutting-edge art jewelry designs, while offering the public a rare opportunity to purchase pieces from and to meet some of the most skilled creators in the field. This year’s prize will result in the acquisition of two jewelry works, Isabelle Molénat’s Collection Knots Necklace (2018) made of silk and polypropylene and Sarran Youkongdee’s Siam Rattikarn (2017) made of Felt, brass, pearl, for the Museum’s collection.

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Awarded by a jury, the LOOT Acquisition Prize seeks to recognize a LOOT jewelry artist whose work reflects a maturity in artistry and concept; exhibits both a superior and experimental understanding of materials and form; and demonstrates expertise in technique and execution.

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