Joel Iskowitz


    Born in: New York (Virgin Islands (US)) on 15 August 1946.

    Currently living: Woodstock (United States of America).



    Joel Iskowitz is one of few living artists to have had his artwork

    displayed in the Pentagon, the Capitol and the White House. He

    has created artwork for three decades that has graced the

    covers of books, periodicals, journals, public spaces, coins and

    postage stamps worldwide. He is also an active United States Air

    Force (USAF) artist and has a number of oils in the USAF

    permanent collection. Mr. Iskowitz has been invited twice to

    document Space Shuttle missions and his artwork is on

    permanent display at the NASA Kennedy Space Center

    Museum. He is the designer of both obverse and reverse of the

    New Frontier Congressional Gold Medal which was presented to

    the Apollo11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz

    Aldrin and Mercury astronaut John Glenn, by the leadership of

    the Congress on November16, 2011 in the Rotunda of the

    Capitol. The artwork for this medal has earned the Bronze Prize

    in the 2012 International Design Awards. Mr. Iskowitz's work has

    been featured in many international journals, including profiles of

    his numismatic and philatelic art in CoinAGE Magazine,

    Watercolor Magazine, American Artist Magazine, and

    Smithsonian Profiles; and his murals have been featured in

    Exhibit Builder Magazine. He has been awarded both bronze

    and silver medals for his corporate illustrations and grand-scale

    public art in international competitions . His

    design for the American Numismatic Association’s Presidential

    Award won the 2008 silver medal in corporate illustration in the

    International Creative Shake competition. His design for the

    District of Columbia quarter dollar reverse was displayed at the

    Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History

    and his design for the reverse of the “Illinois” 2009 Abraham

    Lincoln Bicentennial Cent is displayed in the Abraham Lincoln

    Presidential Museum and the New York Historical Society

    Museum. His reverse design for the 2011 Medal of Honor

    Commemorative Gold Coin is on permanent display in the U.S.

    Capitol's Emancipation Hall. Mr. Iskowitz's obverse design for

    the Congressional Gold Medal honoring the Nisei Soldiers of

    WWII has been displayed in major museums throughout the

    United States, including the National World War II Museum, New

    Orleans; Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu; Japanese

    American National Museum, Los Angeles; De Young Museum,

    San Francisco; Oregon History Museum, Portland; Chicago

    History Museum, Chicago; and the Holocaust Museum, Houston.

    It is on permanent display in “The Price of Freedom,” an

    exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American

    History in Washington, D.C. A recently completed mural which

    chronicles the history of aviation technology has been installed at

    the Pentagon at the entry to the Department of the Air Force. A

    full scale gicleé of this work is on display at Wright-Patterson

    AFB. His most recent large scale painting is installed in Airman's

    Hall, the Pentagon and won international recognition in Artslant's

    Showcase 2011. Mr. Iskowitz has also received the National

    Oceanic and Philatelic Society citation for his contributions to

    Space Philately. His obverse design for the Louis Braille Silver

    Dollar flew aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis on its mission to

    service the Hubble Telescope. He continues to present his

    artwork in illustrated lectures at universities and professional

    organizations, including the Fashion Institute of Technology,

    Syracuse University, Marywood College, The Society of

    Illustrators, Fordham University, Hunter College, Montclair State

    University, and the New York Numismatic Club. In 2011 he was

    inducted into the Hunter College Hall of Fame.






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