RIC alum named to U.S. Treasury advisory committee

Jeanne Stevens-Sollman

Rhode Island College graduate Jeanne Stevens-Sollman ’68, an artist and sculptor who’s won national renown for the medals she creates, was appointed in March to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner.

“This appointment is so exciting to me because now I have a voice in the development of coins and medals designed by the U.S. Mint,” Stevens-Sollman said. “The committee of 12 consists of numismatists, collectors, writers, historians, journalists, artists and senators who convene bimonthly to make recommendations to the Mint on new designs and proposals for new coins and medals to be struck and circulated.”

She credited the educational foundation she received from Rhode Island College with setting a path for her in her chosen field.

Stevens-Sollman has received extensive acclaim for her work. In 1998 she earned the top award for medallic art in The Hague, Netherlands. The following year, she received the J. Sanford Saltus Award for Signal Achievement in the Art of the Medal from the American Numismatic Society.

In 2007, she became a Penn State Alumni Fellow for outstanding achievement in her field, and the Numismatic Association honored her with the Award of Excellence in Medallic Sculpture, one of the highest medallic awards in the world.

She also had influence in the design of the upcoming dollar coin commemorating the Girl Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary.

Stevens-Sollman holds bachelor’s degrees in science and fine arts from Rhode Island College and a master’s in fine arts from Pennsylvania State University. She is considered a leader in the field of medallic sculpture, with works exhibited in museums throughout the United States and Europe as well as in private collections.

The CCAC, established by an Act of Congress in 2003, advises the secretary of the treasury on theme or design proposals relating to circulating coinage, bullion coinage, Congressional Gold Medals and other medals produced by the United States Mint. The CCAC also makes commemorative coin recommendations to the secretary and advises on the events, persons or places to be commemorated, as well as on the mintage levels and proposed designs.