Paula Newman Pollachek

Paula Newman Pollachek, born and raised in Akron, Ohio, received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin / Madison and her MFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland / San Francisco. She runs Newman Metalworks Company, a metalsmithing and design studio working primarily in precious metals.

Paula’s work is a part of the permanent collections of the Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Germany and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley, California.

Recent publications include The JMB (Jewish Museum Berlin) Journal Nr. 7, 2012, on the children's audio guide based on Paula’s 5 spice boxes there; Art Jewelry Magazine, Beyond Jewelry, 2011; Highlights of the Jewish Museum Berlin 2010; The Jewish Museum Berlin’s guide to the Permanent collection, 2009;  500 Metal Vessels, Lark Books, 2007; Blessed Is the Daughter, Schreiber Publications, Inc.,1999; The Chicago Tribune and San Francisco Examiner Magazines. The artist was a prize winner in the Spertus Judaica Exhibition 1998 and a finalist for the American Craft Museum Horizon Award 2001, New York City.

Recent exhibitions include: The National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN; The Jewish Museum Berlin, Berlin Germany; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; SOFA NYC; The Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California and The Spertus Museum, Chicago, Illinois.

Recent Publications

JMB (Jewish Museum Berlin) Journal, Nr. 7, 2012, Permanent Exhibition and Media: For Hunters and Gatherers, An interactive audio guide for children

Art Jewelry Magazine, Beyond Jewelry, 2011

Highlights from the Jewish Museum Berlin, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, 2010

Gesammelt, Gefaltet, Gezählt – Museums guide, 2009 Jüdisches Museum Berlin, The Jewish Museum Berlin’s guide to the permanent collection

500 Metal Vessels, 2007 Lark Books

American Style, Ritual Pursuits, Winter 2003-2004

Zwei, Magazine des Jüdischen Museums Berlin, Nr. 1, 2003

Blessed Is the Daughter, 1999 Schreiber Publications, Inc.

The Chicago Tribune and San Francisco Examiner Magazines

The artist was a prize winner in the Spertus Judaica Exhibition 1998 and a finalist for the American Craft Museum Horizon Award 2001, New York City.

Permanent Collections

Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Germany

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley, California

Selected Recent Exhibitions

In Service of Havdalah: Jewish Spice Boxes and other Judaica  (invitational), The National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis TN, 2013

Childrens Audio Guide, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Berlin Germany, August 2012 – present

Permanent Collection, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2003-present (catalogs)

Scents of Purpose: Artists Interpret the Spice Box (catalog, invitational), The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA, 2005

SOFA New York 2004, Seventh Annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art, New York City

WEST goes EAST: Yaw Gallery, SOFA NYC, 2004, New York City (catalog)

Engaging the Five Senses, A Collection of Jewish Ceremonial Artwork (solo show) Washington D.C. 2003

Collecting for the Future: Recent Acquisitions to the Magnes Museum Collection, Berkeley, California, 1999-2000

Making Change: Artists Interpret the Tzedakah Box, (invitational, catalog) San Francisco Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California, 1999-2000

The Philip & Sylvia Spertus Judaica Prize Exhibition, The Havdalah Spice Container, (catalog) Spertus Museum, Chicago, Illinois, 1998-1999

In The News

Smart Stories and Music from the Spice Boxes.

Paula Newman's Wildflower Havdalah Spice Boxes are featured in the new children's audio guide through the Jewish Museum Berlin. Read more here and watch the video.

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