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Arline M. Fisch

Born in Brooklyn in 1931, Arline Fisch was inspired by the artistic and architectural history of New York City. After obtaining BS and MA degrees in art, she spent 10 months in Copenhagen studying jewelry and modern design and was greatly influenced by the Danish model of metalsmithing. In 1961, Fisch was asked to head-up a newly created jewelry and metalsmithing program at San Diego State University – the move provided fresh artistic inspiration via Southern California’s sensory-engaging qualities of color, form and scale, as well as new opportunities for travel and research. Visiting museums in the U.S. and Europe, Mexico and Central and South America, exposed Fisch to the history of art across the globe.

Designated a “Living Treasure of California” in 1985 by the California legislature for her work as an artist, educator, author and contributor to the field of American crafts, Arline has a distinguished career as a maker of jewelry and body adornment. She has exhibited extensively all over the world and is recognized as an innovator in adapting and applying fiber techniques to working in metal. Her work is included in many public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.


‘Flavors of the East’ (1972). Photo by William Gullette