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2016 American Craft Awards

Gathering Four Corners of the Sky, 2011, digital photo prints, acrylic, wood, steel balls, 60 x 54 x 1.75 in. Photo: PD Rearick

Gathering Four Corners of the Sky, 2011, digital photo prints, acrylic, wood, steel balls, 60 x 54 x 1.75 in. Photo: PD Rearick

Gathering Four Corners of the Sky, 2011, digital photo prints, acrylic, wood, steel balls, 60 x 54 x 1.75 in. Photo: PD Rearick

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The ACC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 American Craft Council Awards, including the induction of seven individuals into its College of Fellows: Nick Cave, Michael Cooper, Françoise Grossen, Chris Gustin, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Hank Murta Adams, and Edward S. Cooke, Jr. (Honorary Fellow); the selection of Sara S. Morgan for the Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy; the selection of Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) for the Award of Distinction; and the presentation of the 2016 Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship to Gerhardt Knodel (COF 1993). 

The prestigious American Craft Council Awards are presented biennially to honor those who have demonstrated outstanding artistic achievement, leadership, and service in the field of craft. 

Since 1975, the Council has bestowed the title of Fellow to artists and individuals nominated and elected by their peers. Those elected have demonstrated extraordinary artistic ability and must have worked for 25 years or more in the discipline or career in which they are recognized.

The Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy recognizes exceptional contributions to and support of the field of craft, and the Award of Distinction recognizes an organization, institution, corporation, or individual who has made significant contributions to the field over a minimum of 25 years of service.

The Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship, the highest recognition given by the Council, recognizes outstanding artistry while honoring the humanistic and philosophical values exemplified in the career of a previously elected Fellow.   

Learn more about the American Craft Council Awards and view lists of previous recipients. You can also download a press release for the 2016 ACC Awards.

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