Awards of Excellence

Awards of Excellence

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Artist Mary Jaeger (holding wooden award), Baltimore 2022 winner in the Apparel & Accessories category.

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Artist Andrew Sartorius (holding wooden award), Baltimore 2022 winner in the Emerging Artist category.

artist receiving an award of excellence at an indoor craft show

Artist Cliff Lee (holding wooden award), Baltimore 2022 winner in the Home & Living category.

artist receiving an award of excellence at an indoor craft show

Artist Linda Kindler Priest (holding wooden award), Baltimore 2022 winner in the Jewelry & Adornment category.

artist receiving an award of excellence at an indoor craft show

Artist Laura Baring-Gould (holding wooden award), St. Paul 2022 winner in the Home & Living category.

artist receiving an award of excellence at an indoor craft show

Artist Katharine Eksuzian (holding wooden award), St. Paul 2022 winner in the Emerging Artist category.

artist receiving an award of excellence at an indoor craft show

Artist Kathleen King (holding wooden award), St. Paul 2022 winner in the Jewelry & Adornment category.

artist receiving an award of excellence at an indoor craft show

Artist Sarah Tremaine (holding wooden award), St. Paul 2022 winner in the Home & Living category.

American Craft Council Awards of Excellence celebrate outstanding artists in our marketplaces. Sponsored by Artful Home in 2022, our awards recognize makers who demonstrate exceptional quality of work and entrepreneurial effort, and whose values align with ACC’s mission to create healthy, vibrant, and equitable marketplaces. This year’s winners will receive a cash prize and guaranteed entry into our next Baltimore marketplace, as well as a plaque handmade by New Jersey–based artist Philip Roberts.

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Announcing our Winners for American Craft Made / St. Paul 2022

Laura Baring-Gould / Home & Living Award
"For her application of ancient processes to immortalize contemporary material culture."
@LauraBaringGouldStudios

Katharine Eksuzian / Emerging Artist Award
"For her combination of artistic acumen and whimsical vision."
umamipottery.com | @umamipottery

Kathleen King / Jewelry & Adornment Award
"For her adventurous integration of process, history and technique."
kkwearablesculpture.com | @kking_bklyn_jewelry

Sarah Tremaine / Home & Living Award
"For her strong understanding of materials, combined with a refined aesthetic resulting in original art to wear."
sarahtremaine.com | @sarahtremainedesign

Announcing our Winners for American Craft Made / Baltimore 2022

Mary Jaeger / Apparel & Accessories Award
"For her unparalleled blending of traditional Japanese textile techniques and modern interpretation."
stores.maryjaeger.com | @maryjaeger_ny

Andrew Sartorius / Emerging Artist Award
"For his deep appreciation and understanding of his materials, the subtleties of his process, and integrity to tradition."
andrewsartoriusceramics.com | @asartoriusceramics

Cliff Lee / Home & Living Award
"For his bold forms, combined with intricate surface manipulations and imaginative colorations that bring a collector in for a closer look."
cliffleeporcelain.com | @cliffleeporcelain

Linda Kindler Priest / Jewelry & Adornment Award
"For her masterful use of materials, combined with ancient techniques to create compelling contemporary design."
lkindlerpriest.com | @lindakindlerpriest

About Our Awards Sponsor

For Artful Home, creativity is their passion. Artful Home is dedicated to curating the most exceptional and beautiful works of fine art, craft, and design for your home and wardrobe. A long-time supporter of ACC, Artful Home is equally committed to supporting the livelihoods of the accomplished artists and designers they represent.

Announcing the Winners of the 2022 JRA Craft Award

The James Renwick Alliance for Craft gives an award at our Baltimore marketplace recognizing a maker who shows innovation in the craft field. JRA Craft award winners receive $500 and automatic entry into the following year’s marketplace.

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Jonah Jacobs / Award Winner
"Jonah calls himself a 'material alchemist,' which is a perfect description. In his hands paper towel rolls, cotton swabs, styrofoam, bits of textiles, and other substances not ordinarily found in wall art, such as oatmeal and quinoa, are deftly transformed into lavish organic shapes that evoke galaxies, tree roots, oceanscapes or other worlds unknown. We admired Jonah's fearless and innovative use of non-traditional materials to create beautiful work in a sustainable way." —JRA Craft Award Jurors
jonahjacobs.com | @jonahjacobsart

Yarina Dai / Honorable Mention
"Student artist Yarina Dai is known for her ethereal and spiritual wearable sculpture. But, the pieces we admired most could not be more grounded, literally. Dirt and living plants burst out of small sculptural containers that are worn on the body. Sharing an intimate space with these fragile seedlings emphasizes the wearer's complicated relationship to the natural world and is an innovative way to remind us of our responsibility to the earth." —JRA Craft Award Jurors
yarinadai.com | @yarina.dai

JRA Craft award jurors: Rebecca Ravenal, Brenda Erickson, and Nedra Agnew, accompanied by JRA Craft president Jaimianne Jacobin.

Past Award of Excellence Winners

All artists listed received a general Award of Excellence for quality of work unless otherwise noted.
 

Baltimore (read the full blog post)

  • Ian Petrie (Craft Connects Award)
  • Mau Schoettle (Making Matters Award)
  • Kimberly Camp (Craft Makes Us Human Award)
  • Amy Nguyen (Born to Make Things Award)
  • Ian Henderson and Sue-Yee Leung (Creative Spirit Abounds Award)
  • Kate Eickelberg (James Renwick Alliance Award of Excellence for Innovation in Craft)
  • Earl Jones (Society of North American Goldsmiths Award of Excellence in Jewelry and Metals)

Jurors: Lisa Bayne, Sarah Rachel Brown, George Ciscle, Leslie King-Hammond, Cara Ober, Rebecca Ravenal, Lowery Stokes Sims

Atlanta (read the full blog post)

  • Jim Cohen
  • Hannah Beatrice Quinn
  • Daiga Henson
  • Tabitha Ott
  • Jason Ruel Martin (Award of Excellence in Wood)
  • Charlotte Friese (Award of Excellence in Fiber)

Jurors: Jean McLaughlin, Harriet Green

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  • Dianne Nordt
  • Derek Hennigar
  • Sean and Lisa Reico
  • Michael and Misato Mortara
  • Abra Gorby
  • Sheko Kirby and Sarkis Chouljian
  • Tenisha Dotstry
  • Holly Tornheim (Collectors of Wood Art Award of Excellence)
  • So Young Park (James Renwick Alliance Award of Excellence for Innovation in Craft)
  • Gabriel Craig and Amy Weiks (Society of North American Goldsmiths Award of Excellence in Jewelry and Metals)

Jurors: Leila Cartier, Jason Thompkins, Sebastian Martorana

St. Paul (read the full blog post)

  • Mark Fischer
  • David Alvarado
  • Verne Jidong Yan
  • Bianca Abreu
  • Kris Marubayashi (Award of Excellence in Clay)
  • Tamra Thomas-Gentry (Award of Excellence in Fiber)
  • Nolan Prohaska (Award of Excellence in Glass)
  • Craig Johnson (Award of Excellence in Wood)

Jurors: Tamara Aupaumut, Tea Rozman-Clark and Jessie Lee-Bauder, Kira Liu, Brenda Tran

San Francisco (read the full blog post)

  • Karyn Gabriel
  • Mau Schoettle
  • Amy Nguyen
  • Terry Holzgreen

Jurors: Rob Forbes, Jennifer Morla, Mansur Nurullah, Cindy Weil

Atlanta (read the full blog post)

Jurors: Amy Putansu, Balvenie (Lorne Cousin)

Baltimore (read the full blog post)

Jurors: Meagen Black, Kristin Muller, Jennifer Zwilling

St. Paul (read the full blog post)

Jurors: Scott Pollock, Balvenie (Jonathan Wingo)

San Francisco (read the full blog post)

Juror: Nancy Gardner

Atlanta (read the full blog post)

Juror: Brian Wurst

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Juror: Michael Radyk

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Jurors: Alex Moses, Barbara Waldman

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