A Curriculum on Collecting The Birth of a Collection: What do We Collect and Why?

  • Virtual Event
  • Weds, April 6th
    @ 7:00pm

We are pleased to announce the beginning of a year-long project, A Curriculum on Collecting: Six Virtual Conversations, moderated by Luci Jockel and Emily Jockel.

The series will focus on various aspects of collecting, including: the birth of collections; the artful transformation of collections; how we assign value to collections; creating spaces for collections; collecting as autobiography; and the immortality of collections.

Click here to watch our first conversation, The Birth of a Collection: What Do We Collect and Why? with guest panelists Adam Irish, Tina Jockel, and Sarah Nehama.

Click here to watch Part Two, The Artful Transformation of Objects, featuring mixed media artist Demetri Broxton and jeweler Lauren Newton.

Click here for a Reading List of articles and books for a deeper dive into some of the topics discussed.


  • Luci Jockel

    Luci Jockel is an artist located in Baltimore, MD and holds the position as Metalsmithing and Jewelry Lecturer/Coordinator at Towson University. Luci received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2016. She has been honored with the 2019 American Craft Council Emerging Voices Award. Luci has exhibited nationally and internationally, including NYCJW 2019, The Procession with MJ Tyson at R & Company. Her work is in the collections of RISD Museum, ArtYard, and Galerie Marzee. She maintains a studio practice as a part of the JV Collective and is represented by Gallery Loupe.

  • Emily Jockel

    Emily Jockel is a registered architect, ceramist, and writer based in New York City. Her expertise lies in architecture for artists. Most recently, she converted a historic mill in Catskill, New York into Foreland, a 50,000 s.f. Contemporary Arts Center. Her creative approach is inspired by the inherent structure, geometry, and rationality of a raw material. Emily’s ceramic and writing work explores the female body as raw material and vessel. Emily holds a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and most recently was an invited resident artist at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

  • Adam Irish

    "Adam is a close family friend, and a collector and dealer of antiques for over 25 years, and the owner of Old as Adam, a shop in Providence, Rhode Island. His work and writing has been featured in many publications, including the New York Times, Antiques, and the Arts Weekly, and recently, in late March, he organized and exhibited in The Found Object Show in New York City alongside other great collectors exhibiting art without intent. When asked for his bio, Adam replied, you could call me the Lorax and be done with it, and I’d be fine."

  • Tina Jockel

    "Tina is our mother, she’s an artist who makes folk art dolls and quilts, and is an antique dealer who specializes in vintage clothing and textiles, based in Indiana, PA. She participated in monthly online magazines selling her work and patterns under the name Hook'n Pennies. She contributed dolls, painted panels, and props to Ralph Lauren in multiple US and international locations including the flagship store on Madison Avenue. She was a guest invitee to Pour L'Amore Du “Fee,” a large quilt exposition in ‘Nahnt’, France. Her work was showcased in their Simply Vintage Magazine."

  • Sarah Nehama

    "Sarah is in our shared circle and is a working metalsmith and antique jewelry collector based in Providence, RI. Sarah received a degree in Art History from Boston University and studied jewelry making at the century-old North Bennett Street School. Sarah co-curated the exhibition In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston. She authored the companion volume by the same name and was a major lender to the exhibition. Sarah has lectured on the topic of mourning and sentimental jewelry at museums, historical societies, jewelry associations, and antique symposia, both in the US and Australia."