Joseph Lizzadro at his lapidary workshop desk
shows his prolific work in creating jewelry
and cutting & polishing stone.
Until his death in 1972, Joseph Lizzadro purchased a variety of hard stone carvings, but his real love was jade. After becoming known as a collector, he had offers from all parts of the country, so he could be selective. His interest was not in ancient pieces although some pieces in the collection are old; he searched for pieces of good material and workmanship and appealing to the eye.
As the Lizzadro Museum embarks on a new era, the collection is being looked at with new information. In particular, the Chinese jades will receive more interpretation to better relate the collection to the public. Our Special Exhibit “Symbolism in Chinese Jade” opening February 23 will feature a few pieces in the Museum’s permanent collection of jade carvings and focus on interpreting their meaning through
their visual motifs.
Excerpted and updated from the Lizzadro Museum Publication Spring-Summer, 1972.
Lytle, Miriam Anderson, The Lizzadro Collection, 1982.
Bartholomew, Terese Tse, Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, 2006.
Knight, Michael, et al., Later Chinese Jades Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century From The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2007.
Girl Scout Jewelry Badge
In collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, the Lizzadro Museum has provided a new opportunity to support the Girl Scouts of DuPage County. Girl Scout Juniors can now earn their jewelry badge and learn about the unique art of lapidary. Girls have an opportunity to make their own gemstone jewelry to keep. This program is offered on an as needed-basis. Troops are encouraged to contact the Museum Educator at email@example.com to schedule a class.
Science Olympiad “Olympic Fossils”
Are you part of a Science Olympiad team, studying for the Fossils event? We will be providing a crash course on common fossils and identification techniques. Hand samples will be available for observation. Bring your books and other resources and all your questions! A fossil teaching aid box is available for loan after the program. Interested teams, ages 10 through 18, should contact the Museum Educator at firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations. See the Winter Calendar for upcoming classes.