The Intersection of Jewelry and Art History with Jan Krulick-Belin, Jewelry and Art Historian

Episode 3

Jan Krulick-Belin is an art consultant, museum curator and an art and jewelry historian with more than 40 years of experience at institutions, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Denver Art Museum, Beaumont (Texas) Art Museum and Smithsonian Institution. Retired as director of education at the Phoenix Art Museum, she continues to work with museums, arts organizations and private collectors, in addition to serving as guest curator at the Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum in Phoenix.

Jan is the author of the award-winning book, “Love, Bill: Finding My Father through Letters from World War II.” She lectures widely on a variety of art and jewelry topics, including talks about her book and on writing a memoir. Jan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the State University of New York, Binghamton and a Master’s degree in Museum Education from George Washington University.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How Jan’s expertise in art history and jewelry came together.
  • How context and culture play a huge role in art history.
  • Why art museums are starting to become more integrated with art jewelry and the decorative arts, as well as the role museum educators plays in this.
  • How sweetheart jewelry was made and why people bought it.
  • How being an art historian helped Jan write her book, “Love, Bill: Finding My Father Through Letters From WWII.”

Ways to contact Jan:

Episode Transcript

Sharon Berman