Phebe Hemphill - Medallic Artist of the US Mint

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Phebe Hemphill

Phebe Hemphill (born April 25, 1960) is an American sculptor who works for the United States Mint. She has been called "one of the preeminent coin artists, sculptors, and engravers of our time."

Hemphill was born April 25, 1960 in West Chester, Pennsylvania to Dallett Hemphill and Ann Cornwell Hemphill. A number of Phebe Hemphill's family members, including her father and grandfather, were interested in coin and medal collecting. She was directly inspired by her grandfather, Gibbons Gray Cornwell Jr., who did bas-relief sculpture, who in turn was influenced by her great-great aunt, Martha Jackson Cornwell, who worked with Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Hemphill attended Agnes Irwin School for girls in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1978. Hemphill trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, graduating in 1987. She also studied with Evangelos Frudakis. Hemphill includes Jules Clement Chaplain, Jean-Baptiste Daniel-Dupuis, Oscar Roty, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and Adolph A. Weinman among her artistic influences.

Sculpture

In 1987, Hemphill joined the Franklin Mint in the sculpture department. She remained there until 2002, working on porcelain and medallic art. From 2002 until 2005 she worked as a staff sculptor at McFarlane Toys, in Bloomingdale, New Jersey.

In 2006, she joined the United States Mint in Philadelphia. She has sculpted many coins and medals for the U.S. Mint, including the 2013 Presidential $1 Coin obverse for William McKinley; the 2011 September 11 National Medal World Trade center obverse; the Monuments men bronze medal; and coin series of Five-Star Generals, First Spouses and Code talkers. United States Mint state quarters including Gettysburg, the Grand Canyon, Mount Hood, and Yosemite are also Hemphill's work.

Hemphill lives in Philadelphia. She frequently visits sites which will be featured in her work, including Shenandoah National Park and the September 11 attack locations. She uses both digital and traditional methods in her work, working with 3-D imaging software as well as creating coin designs on clay blanks the size of dinner plates.

"The best reason to do traditional work now is the ability to see depth perception ... Since we're working in such shallow relief, it's a very important and viable way to do it."

Exhibitions

Hemphill's work has been shown by the National Sculpture Society, the American Medallic Sculpture Association, the F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia, and West Chester University.

Awards

2014, Winner of Congressional Medal Design Contest for the September 11 attacks
2000, Alex J. Ettel Grant, National Sculpture Society
2001, Renaissance Sculpture Award, the Franklin Mint

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1895 INSTITUTE A.C. 880 YARDS RUN MEDAL BY VICTOR.D. BRENNER
1895 POLYTECHNIC PREPARATORY A.A. 100 YARDS HURDLE MEDAL BY VICTOR.D. BRENNER
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1961 VICTOR DAVID BRENNER THE METAL ART CO. 999 FINE SILVER MEDAL 6.8 OZT./212G
1961 VICTOR DAVID BRENNER THE METAL ART CO. 999 FINE SILVER MEDAL 6.8 OZT./212G
1890'S COLUMBIA GRAMMAR SCHOOL MEDAL NGC MS 65 TOP POP VICTOR DAVID BRENNER
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