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Honors at Baltimore and Atlanta
Artists Honored at Baltimore and Atlanta Shows
At the American Craft Show in Baltimore, held Feb. 25-28, the Council presented its Awards of Excellence to a select few artists. Chosen from 700 exhibitors by jurors Jane Milosch, curator for contemporary craft and decorative arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Josephine Shea, curator of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, a historic home near Detroit, the recipients represent a cross section of the American craft scene: Natalie Blake (ceramics) of Brattleboro, VT; Gretchen Romey-Tanzer (decorative fiber), of Orleans, MA; Dan Mirer (glass), of Corning, NY; Linda Kindler Priest (jewelry) of Concord, MA; Reiko Ishiyama (jewelry) of New York City; and Holly Tornheim (wood) of Nevada City, CA.
The Council took the American Craft Show to Atlanta Mar. 12-14. Mark Karelson, director of Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta was asked to select the Awards of Excellence this time around. Paveen Beer Chunhaswasdiku (ceramics) of Gadsden, AL, Sonya Yong James (fiber) from Atlanta and James and Victoria Mullan (mixed media) of Pompano Beach, FL, were chosen from more than 230 artists.
In Baltimore, awards for outstanding booth design were given to Cara Romano for her display of fashion accessories and to Brad Smith for his inviting presentation of furniture. Ceramic artist Jennifer McCurdy of Vineyard Haven, MA, won the booth design award at Atlanta. View work by all winners at americancraftmag.org.
American Craft Council
The Council has published the proceedings of our 2009 conference, "Creating a New Craft Culture," featuring lectures by Richard Sennett, Rob Walker, Natalie Chanin and more. It's available for purchase on demand through Blurb.com. A link to purchase is at craftcouncil.org/conference09.
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