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Award of Distinction

Award of Distinction

This award recognizes an organization, institution, corporation, or individual who has made significant contributions to the field of craft with a minimum of 25 years of service.

Introducing Our 2022 Award of Distinction Recipient

Portrait of 2022 ACC awardee Stoney Lamar

Stoney Lamar
Saluda, NC | View Bio

Stoney Lamar is a nationally recognized and exhibited artist whose works in metal and wood are found in museums and collections across the country. He is also nationally recognized for a life of significant contributions to the field of craft, the mentoring of artists and advocacy for groups that advance the role of craft in our society.

He is the former President of the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild, a founding board member and president of the Center for Craft, and a former Trustee of the American Craft Council. His continued stewardship of partnerships with the Center for Craft and other craft organizations and universities over the past quarter century was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

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All ACC Award of Distinction Recipients


2022  Stoney Lamar
2012  Sidney D. Rosoff
2009  Michael W. Monroe
2008  Helen Williams Drutt English
2002  Bernard Kester
2002  John Hartom
2002  Lisa Blackburn
1998  Edward Larrabee Barnes
1996  Laurie Hall
1994  James Plaut
1992  Samuel Johnson
1992  Karen Johnson Boyd
1988  Rose Slivka
1988  John Hauberg
1985  Alexander and Susan Girard


1993  Philip Morris Companies Inc.


2018  Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
2016  CERF+ (Montpelier, VT)
2014  The Clay Studio (Philadelphia, PA)
2002  The Society of North American Goldsmiths (Missoula, MT)
2002  The Handweavers Guild of America (Duluth, GA)
2001  Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (Helena, MT)
1999  Greenwich House Pottery Center for Ceramics (New York, NY)
1998  Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. (Louisville, KY)
1998  Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America, Inc. (Washington, MO)
1997  The Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston, MA)
1997  The Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)
1997  John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI)
1997  Craft Alliance (St. Louis, MO)
1995  USIA Arts America (Washington DC)
1995  Glass Art Society (Seattle, WA)
1993  Pewabic Society Inc. (Detroit, MI)
1993  League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Foundation (Concord, NH)
1992  Southern Highland Craft Guild (Asheville, NC)
1992  National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (Bandon, OR)
1987  Contemporary Crafts Gallery (now Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery) (Portland, OR)


2020 Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA)
2000  The Textile Museum (Washington, DC)
1996  Wharton Esherick Museum (Paoli, PA)
1995  Craft & Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
1987  Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY)
1986  Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY)


2003  The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
2003  Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI)
2000  John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC)
1997  Oregon College of Art & Craft (Portland, OR)
1997  California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) (San Francisco, CA)
1996  Pottery Northwest (Seattle, WA)
1996  Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, CO)
1995  Pilchuck Glass School (Seattle, WA)
1995  Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN)
1994  School for American Crafts (Rochester, NY)
1988  New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (Alfred, NY)
1987  Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC)
1987  Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, ME)
1985  Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI)


1993  Ceramics Monthly (Columbus, OH)
1990  M. C. Richards (Uniondale, PA)
1988  Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
1988  The Crafts Report (Wilmington, DE)
1986  Gerry Williams (Dumbarton, NH)
1985  Larry Winn, Winn Publishing (Seattle, WA)
1983  Kodansha International (New York, NY)

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