Just as the poem says, liberty is a precious coin, Joel Iskowitz takes the literal meaning of the poem and turns it into a marvelous piece of art.
Mr. Iskowitz has been invited twice to document Space Shuttle missions and his artwork is on permanent display at the NASA Kennedy Space Center Museum. He is the designer of both obverse and reverse of the New Frontier Congressional Gold Medal which was presented to the Apollo11 astronauts; Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Mercury astronaut John Glenn, by the leadership of the Congress on November,16,2011 in the Rotunda of the Capitol.
He is also the designer of two other Congressional Gold Medals honoring the Women Air Force Service Pilots and the Nisei Soldiers of WWII,all in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum. Mr.Iskowitz’s work has been featured in many international journals; including profiles of his numismatic and philatelic art in CoinAGE Magazine; Watercolor Magazine American Artist Magazine, Smithsonian Profiles; and his murals have been featured in Exhibit Builder Magazine. He has been awarded both bronze and silver medals for his corporate illustrations and grand-scale public art in Portfolios.com international competitions.