The Guild of Medallic Art in Finland
The Guild of Medallic Art in Finland was founded in 1965 as a connecting link between artists, collectors, medal issuers, museums, galleries and similar institutions, to promote medallic art in Finland.
The Guild organises competitions for artists, issues medals and organises exhibitions. It is a member of FIDEM(Fédération Internationale de la Médaille), which organises international congresses and exhibitions. The Guild also has a collection consisting mostly of modern Finnish medals. The collection is deposited in the Tampere Art Museum. Part of the collection is permanently on display.
The yearbook of medallic art has been published since 2000. It includes English summaries.
The Guild of Medallic Art in Finland turns 50
The Guild of Medallic Art in Finland will celebrate its 50th anniversary in Tampere with a jubilee meeting and a medal exhibition at Tampere Hall.
The Guild was founded because in 1965 some collectors and artists felt that there should be more non-commissioned cast medals in addition to the numerous commissioned struck portrait and commemorative medals. It started to have an annual medal competition to promote the medal making and to give medal artists possibilities to model cast medals. The Guild has also edited a series of medals on the Presidents of Finland. It has organized numerous medal exhibitions and its medal collection is permanently deposited at the Tampere Art Museum. From the beginning the Guild has been active in FIDEM, e.g. organizing three FIDEM congresses and exhibitions: in 1973, 1990, and 2010 and its members have acted as the general secretary and the president of FIDEM and as members of the Executive and Consultative Committees as well as the Treasurer. The present President of the Guild is Mr. Ilkka Voionmaa, the past president of FIDEM.
Erkki Kannosto: Facing the new, the 50th anniversary medal (80×60 mm) cast, 2015