Betty and George Woodman, who have earned international acclaim over the course of their 57-year marriage-she for her vividly colored ceramics and he for painting and photography-will receive the National Artist Award at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center's annual Recognition Dinner July 14 in Snowmass Village, CO. The Service to the Arts Award will go to Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio for their influential work in the ceramics field as dealers, curators and writers. (Clark and Del Vecchio recently teamed with Cowan's Auctions to present select, semiannual auctions of modern and contemporary ceramic art)... Cutting Free, a silver bracelet by John Iverson of East Hampton, NY, garnered him the prestigious Herbert Hofmann Prize for contemporary jewelry, announced at the International Handwerksmesse (craft fair) in Munich. Mia Maljojoki of Finland and David Biedlander of Switzerland shared the award... Chuck Vannatta was chosen to create 250 centerpieces for the Pilchuck Glass School's 32nd annual benefit auction October 15 in Seattle. His design for a series of large glass vessels depicts patterns and imagery inspired by life at Pilchuck and the natural beauty of its Stanwood, WA, campus... Artist Michael Janis was presented with the 2010 Saxe Fellowship at the Bay Area Glass Institute's recent "Great Glass Auction" in San Jose, CA. The evening's other awardees were Treg Silkwood/Candace Martin and Randy Strong (People's Choice), and Paul Cunningham, Kathleen Elliot and Ethan Stern (Jurors' Choice)... Cleveland-area craft artists James Jubal Harris, Nina Huryn, Michael Mikula and Mark Sudduth are among the first to receive new $20,000 Creative Workforce Fellowships from the local Community Partnership for Arts and Culture... For her work turning neglected sites into vibrant gardens, New York artist Joan Bankemper, was honored with the first Gabi Award, established to promote "the connection of community service and the arts," from the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC... This year's artists-in-residence at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, NY, are Eliza Au, Marie Retpen, Gayla Lee, Leo Tecosky and Slate Grove, Erica Rosenfeld and K Hyewook Huh.
Most craft artists work at home, but 69 percent aren't properly insured against accidents or natural disasters that could devastate their studios, equipment and inventories. That's the key finding of Insuring Creativity, a report from the nonprofit Craft Emergency Relief Fund, which surveyed nearly 3,000 professional makers nationwide. "The results indicate a need to better inform artists of the risks they take," says furniture maker Craig Nutt, program director for CERF. A majority cited cost as their main obstacle to buying business insurance; 80 percent said they'd likely buy a policy if it was offered by a craft organization to which they belonged. "We're hoping this will assist people who are trying to put plans together, and inspire some organizations to look into this for their members," Nutt says. Meanwhile CERF's new Studio Protector is a must-have kit for every artist's workplace, offering tips on safety, insurance and disaster relief, in a calendar-size, ready-to-hang format with wheel charts and removable quick-guides. $16 each from studioprotector.org or CERF's website, craftemergency.org... The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, has teamed with Etsy.com, the online craft marketplace, to advocate for the city's DIY youth community... Potters do it, jewelers do it, and now mixed-media artists can do it, too-that is, network in an online community of their own, the new site ClothPaperScissors.com... HandMade: The Western North Carolina Craft, Architecture & Design Expo launches at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville June 25-26 (handmadeinamerica.org)... The Museum of New Mexico Foundation hosts a member preview on opening night of the SOFA West: Santa Fe 2010 expo (July 8-11).
Sara and David Lieberman have pledged a gift of some 50 pieces from their collection of contemporary baskets and woven objects to the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (on view there through Sept. 12)... Lena Vigna has joined the Racine Art Museum as curator of exhibitions. Formerly with the Miami University Art Museum, she has a special interest in jewelry and adornment... Gretchen Keyworth, who guided the transformation of the Fuller Museum of Art in Brockton, MA, into the Fuller Craft Museum, has retired as director emeritus to consult and pursue her own artmaking... "State of Craft" at the Bennington Art Museum (May 22-Oct. 31) explores the evolution of the movement in Vermont from 1960 to the present. The centerpiece of a statewide craft celebration coordinated by the Vermont Crafts Council, the show presents modern and contemporary works along with historical decorative arts from the museum's holdings, and highlights key people and events, such as American Craft Council founder Aileen Osborn Webb and early craft fairs (benningtonmuseum.org)... Mrs. Webb's pioneering advocacy also figures in Breaking Ground: A Century of Craft Art in Western New York, a new book on the region's rich craft history, from the work of Stickley and Steuben in the early 1900s to the influence of the School for American Craftsmen in the post-World War II decades. Published by the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester and edited by Barbara Lovenheim, Suzanne Ramjlak and Paul J. Smith, it features original interviews with master craftsmen Wendell Castle, Albert Paley, Michael Taylor and Wayne Higby (mag.rochester.edu).
Robert Hart, a crafts marketing expert known for his work on behalf of Native American artisans, died January 30, aged 88. He became involved with handcrafts as manager of the Southern Highlanders, Inc. from 1946 to 1952, and served from 1962 to 1993 as head of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, DC. He was named an Honorary Fellow of ACC in 1993... Laura Russo, who ran her eponymous art gallery in Portland, OR, for 23 years, died of cancer on February 11. She received a Governor's Arts Award, and was honored for her service by the Portland Art Dealer's Association. The gallery continues under the ownership of its longtime manager, Martha Lee. Memorial donations may be made to the Portland Art Museum or the Pacific Northwest College of Art.