News Worthy

News Worthy

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Kukuli Velarde's figural ceramic piece Native Hysteric Macuarra.

Leading Women
The Philadelphia Art Alliance, which recently announced its new focus on contemporary crafts, has named Maida R. Milone as CEO. Milone practiced law, managed for-profit organizations and headed the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, a Philadelphia artist-services organization… Lisa Chipetine is the fourth president of Studio Art Quilt Associates. Chipetine, who is a portfolio manager at the Institute of International Education, was SAQA’s vice president and a member of its board of directors. Replacing her as VP is artist, critic and curator Sandra Sider.

Awards and Honors
Since 2006, United States Artists, the Los Angeles-based grant-making organization, has annually awarded 50 fellowships—$50,000 each—to artists in eight disciplines. For 2009, the six recipients in the craft and traditional arts category are Perry Eaton (Anchorage, AK), carved Alutiiq masks; Garcia & Mitchell (San Fidel, NM), Acoma Pueblo pottery; Beth Lo (Missoula, MT), Asian-themed ceramics and collage; Dona Look (Algoma, WI), sewn birch bark baskets; Mary Shaffer (Taos, NM), slumped glass sculptures and installations; and Kukuli Velarde (Philadelphia, PA), figural ceramics. All the USA Fellows were named in a celebration Dec. 14 in Santa Monica.

The North Carolina Award—the state’s highest civilian honor—was presented by Gov. Beverly Perdue to glass artist Mark Peiser, named in the Fine Arts category… Anders Ruhwald, artist in residence and head of ceramics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, has received the Ole Haslund Artist Foundation award in his native Denmark, which recognizes significant artists and comes with a $12,000 grant… Joy Umali is the winner of the eleventh annual Ronald & Anita Wornick Award, a scholarship given to talented students in wood arts at the California College of the Arts. She received $6,000… Will Tracey is the 2009 winner of the $25,000 John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship administered by the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston. Tracey is an adjunct instructor and studio technician at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The fellowship helps young furniture artists develop their careers.

The Museum of Arts and Design in NYC honored arts patron Barbara Tober, designer Eva Zeisel and business leader Shelly Lazarus as its 2009 Visionaries at an awards gala in November… The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design has announced its 2009 Craft Research Fund grants. Awards of up to $15,000 for project grants went to Julia Bryan-Wilson, Julie Muniz, Marilee Boyd Meyer and Susan Montgomery, Cynthia Fowler, Ashley Callahan, Cat Mazza and the team of Norm Sartorius, Barry Gordon and Phil Jurus. The CCCD also gave graduate research grants of up to $10,000 to Elaine Fussell Pinson, Mary Helen Burnham, Annmarie Bobak and Amy Eisen Krupsky.

The Lighton International Artists Exchange Program, which supports foreign residencies for Midwestern artists, has announced five 2010 American recipients: Asheer Akram to Pakistan, Laurene Krasny Brown to Greece; Roxanne Jackson to Germany, Ehren Tool to Vietnam and Susan White to Japan… The Natchez Project, established in Mississippi by ceramist Conner Burns, named three fellowship recipients for the program: Scott Bennett, Mark Chatterley and Steven Hill.

The National Metalsmiths Hall of Fame in St. Petersburg, FL, has named Alan Revere as 2009 award winner in the artist/art educator category, citing his years of teaching at his Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco… The Seattle Art Museum presented the 31st Annual Betty Bowen Award to Josh Faught for work combining textiles, collage, painting and sculpture. The award comes with $15,000… Caryl Bryer Fallert of Kentucky won Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston for On the Wings of a Dream… At the 22nd Annual Washington Craft Show, first prize went to jeweler Namu Cho, ceramic artist Judit Varga received the American Style Award of Excellence and glass artist Michael Mikula earned the Collectors’ Award.

Commissions
The Rakow Commission, awarded annually by the Corning Museum of Glass to an artist working in glass who is not represented in the museum’s collection, this year went to Panamanian artist Isabel De Obaldia for one of her sand-cast animal sculptures inspired by ancient and tribal art, Rey del Cenote, which draws upon the form of the crocodile… William and Steven Ladd of Brooklyn have made a chandelier for the Invisible Dog art center there, by combining hand-loomed panels of glass beads with old belt buckles found in the basement of the former factory.

Museum News
The Carnegie Museum of Art has reopened its renovated Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries. Decorative arts curator Jason T. Busch reinstalled some 500 examples of American and European decorative arts and design from the mid-18th century to the present, opening with a show titled “Past Meets Present.”… The F. Otto Haas Award, presented annually by Preservation Pennsylvania for outstanding contributions and achievement, has been presented this year to Mansfield and Ruth Esherick Bascom for their stewardship of the Wharton Esherick Museum in Paoli, PA.

In the Galleries
Holsten Galleries in Stockbridge, MA, a leading contemporary glass venue, has been sold to former director Jim Schantz and his wife, designer/artist Kim Saul. The 31-year-old business has been renamed Schantz Galleries and will continue to concentrate on glass… Patricia Gelinas has established an online art gallery specializing in work by Quebec’s contemporary craft artists.

Passing
Sculptor Ruth Duckworth, 90, died in Chicago on Oct. 18. Born in Hamburg and educated in England, she was first a stone sculptor but began working in clay in the 1950s. Her unorthodox hand-worked organic forms drew such attention that in 1964 she was invited to teach at the University of Chicago. Attracted by the opportunity to work at large scale, she decided to stay in the U.S.; after 1977 she devoted herself to studio work. She created murals for the university’s Geophysical Science Building based on satellite photos of the earth; another major work was Clouds Over Lake Michigan, created for the Dresdner Bank in Chicago. She made large stoneware vessels but is best known for her porcelain wall reliefs, stoneware sculptures and the porcelain Cup and Blade series. She also created several monumental bronze sculptures. A 2005 retrospective traveled to seven American museums.