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 in 2007. She is regularly invited to lecture, act as visiting critic, and give workshops at various art academies in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.
In 2005 and 2002, Eichenberg received Incentive Grants from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, a national foundation financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands. In 2000, she received The Artist Stimulation Award from the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts. In addition, Eichenberg has been awarded the Herbert Hofmann Prize (Schmuckszene Munich, 1999), the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Award (1994), and residencies at The European Ceramic Center in Den Bosch, the Netherlands in 2001 and 1999.
Eichenberg’s work can be found in museums in various European countries as well as the United States, including 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).