After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1994, Iris Eichenberg worked as an independent artist, art educator, part-time curator, and co-organizer of art-related events. She began teaching at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 1996, where she became Head of the Jewelry Department in 2000. Eichenberg held this position until 2007. In 2006 she accepted an appointment as Artist in Residence and Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and began teaching full time there since. She is regularly invited to lecture, act as visiting critic, and give workshops at various art academies in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.
Eichenberg has received awards to support and recognize the quality of her work from a number of institutions: Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Herbert Hofmann Prize, Gerrit Rietveld Academy Award, and two residencies at The European Ceramic Center in Den Bosch.
Eichenberg’s work can be found in various museums including The Cooper-Hewitt (New York), The Museum of Arts and Design (New York), The Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Schmuck Museum Pforzheim, the Fondation National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas). Her work has also been collected by private foundations including the Francoise van der Bosch Stichting (Amsterdam) and the Rotasa Foundation (California).
Iris Eichenberg has regularly exhibited her work since 1994. Her solo exhibitions have included such venues as: Gallerie Louise Smit, Amsterdam (NL); Ornamentum Gallery, Hudson, NY (US); Paul Kotula Projects, Ferndale, MI (US); Gallerie Metallum, Stockholm (SE); Galerie SO, Solothurn, (Switzerland); Galerie Metal, Copenhagen (Denmark); Stedelijk Bureau Amsterdam (NL); HuisRechts Amsterdam (NL); Kunstrai Amsterdam (NL); Verzameld Werk, Ghent (BE); Galerie TACTILe, Geneva (CH); Art Fair Twente (NL). Her work has been in a number of group exhibitions at international venues including Gallery Noël Guyomarc’h, Montreal (CA); Gallery Anna Leonowens, Halifax (CA); Collect at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (GB); Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco (US); Sharon Campbell, Seattle (US); Museo Tambo Qirquincho, La Paz (BO); Erasmus House, Jakarta (ID); Museum of Art and Design, New York (US); Studio GR.20, Milan & Padua (IT); Galerie Platina, Stockholm (SE); Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (PT); Deutsche Akademie, Villa Massimo, Rome (IT); Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht (NL); Salon de Mobila, Milan (IT); CaixaForum, Barcelona (ES); Tallin Applied Art Museum, (EE); Galerie Binnen, Amsterdam (NL); The Dick Institute Kilmarnock (GB); Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (NL); Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (GB); Maison Descartes, Amsterdam (NL); Gallery V&V, Vienna (AT); Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL); Museum for Applied Art, Frankfurt (DE).