Artists Honored at San Francisco Show

Artists Honored at San Francisco Show


Reiko Ishiyama of New York City grew up in Japan. She is a self-taught studio jeweler with a background in sculpture.

At the American Craft Council Show in San Francisco, held August 13-15, the Council presented four Awards of Excellence. The recipients, selected from more than 250 exhibitors, were Geoffrey Giles (jewelry, metal) of Asheville, NC; Reiko Ishiyama (jewelry, metal) of New York, NY; and Jane Sisco (fashion wearables) of Evanston, IL. Peggy Loudon (ceramics) of Arcata, CA, received the award for booth design. The jurors were Deborah Valoma, a textile artist who is director of fine arts and an associate professor at California College of the Arts, and Curtis Arima, a metalsmith and instructor at the same college.

Greetings and Farewells
As the Council continues to take root in Minneapolis, we warmly welcome Greg Grinley and Pamela Diamond, who have joined us as director of development and director of marketing and communications, respectively. We also welcome development associate Bethany Whitehead and librarian Jessica Shaykett. To the Board of Trustees, we are pleased to welcome three new members: James Hackney, Jr., Damian Velasquez, and Namita Wiggers. Finally, we want to thank Barbara Berlin, Leilani Lattin Duke, and Tommie Rush for their continued service on the board, and send a big thank-you to departing members Susan Cummins and Thomas Turner for their years of service.

Windgate Grant
The Council is delighted to announce a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation. Based in Siloam Springs, AR, the foundation is a strong supporter of art, craft and education. The money will be used to continue to develop the Council's education programming. To receive the full amount, the Council will need to raise $200,000 in matching donations over the last two years of the grant. The Windgate foundation has generously supported the ACC for many years, and we are grateful for its backing.