Lisa Vershbow is an American jewelry designer and artist based in Washington D.C. She shares a studio with colleagues at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. She was one of the founding members of the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths and served as its president from 1994 to 1996. Lisa is also a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She teaches metalsmithing and design at the Art League School in Alexandria.
From 1998 to 2008, Lisa lived abroad with her diplomat husband – first in Brussels, then Moscow, and finally in Seoul. While abroad she participated in many group exhibitions, had solo shows, lectured at art colleges, and helped to bring fellow American artists abroad to exhibit. Highlights include “Flights of Fantasy – 4 American Craft Artists from the Art in Embassy’s program” at Seoul National University (2007), “Four Years in Russia,” at the Joslyn Musuem in Omaha Nebraska (2005), the Russian-American contemporary jewelry exhibition “Two Capitals” in Moscow (2004), and the international group exhibition “Jewelry Avant Garde” (2002) at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. In 1999 she participated in the 11th Annual Jewelry Symposium and Exhibition in Turnov, Czech Republic.
Lisa received the 2005 “Avis Bohlen Award” of the American Foreign Service Association for public diplomacy in the arts while in Russia. She has honorary degrees from the Russian Academy of Arts and the Korean Society of Crafts. She is a participant in Art in Embassies collections in Brussels, Seoul and Sofia. Recent publications include Read My Pins, The Madeleine Albright Collection (2009) and Art Jewelry Today (2008), Schiffer publishing. Lisa received a Bachelor of Arts degree in art and art history in 1975 from Connecticut College.