In a year like no other, the official Craft Show dates are behind us, but supporting the artists is full steam ahead. The Show will continue online, so you can shop to your heart’s content through the holiday season and beyond into the New Year. Now more than ever, we know how important it is to celebrate and support artists at work so they can continue to stay in business, and provide their creativity and talents to the world. At this time of Thanksgiving, we give thanks to everyone that participated, shopped, volunteered, and sponsored this year’s Craft Show. We hope and encourage you to keep visiting the Show website for your holiday shopping!
The Craft Show Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is pleased to announce this year’s award winners, chosen from over 150 artists across 30 states in 13 categories. We congratulate all the recipients and thank the judges and award sponsors for their dedication and commitment to keeping fine contemporary craft artists at work.
(Above: Jewelry by Stacey Lee Webber)
Best of Show: STACEY LEE WEBBER, Philadelphia, PA
Judge: John Levitties
Stacey cherishes working with found materials such as coins, whose history is physically evident. Her work is often described as meticulous, pushing the boundaries of everyday recognizable objects.
The Prize for Excellence in Design: BEN GILLESPIE, Philadelphia PA
Judge: Doug Bucci
Ben Gillespie designs and fabricates custom lighting in his Philadelphia studio. Each piece is fabricated from locally sourced materials, including oak, ash, and walnut. The lighting pieces combine cutting-edge technology, natural materials, and minimalist design.
The Wharton Esherick Museum Prize for Excellence in Wood: ROBERT SPIECE & LARISSA HUFF, Schwenksville, Pa
Judge: Emily Zilber
Rob Spiece and Larissa Huff are the designers and craftspeople at Lohr Woodworking Studio. They make pieces that are as functional as they are beautiful, combining a studio furniture ethos with our own take on joinery.
(Above: Silver bowls by Sara Thompson)
The Eric Berg Memorial Prize for Excellence in Metal: SARA THOMPSON, Portland, OR
Judge: Adam Kamens
Sara Thompson has been working on her craft since she was a child. Apprenticing for a bench jeweler from age 11 to 16, she learned metalsmithing while gaining experience in making a living as a jeweler and simultaneously running a retail store on Martha’s Vineyard.
(Above: Hand painted scarf by Melissa Pare)
The Louise K. Binswanger Prize for Best Artist New to the Show: MELISSA PARE, Milwaukee, WI
Judges: Janet Binswanger, Jill Garrett, and John Binswanger
Melissa Paré primarily works with wood and silk, creating silk pieces using dyes and batik.
The Cohn Family Trust Prize for Excellence in Glass: PATTI & DAVE HEGLAND, Chestertown, MD
Judge: Sean Jonathan Cohn
Patti and Dave are a design-focused husband and wife team known for their complex construction and precise finishing of their art glass.
The Prize for Excellence in Fiber Art: MAYA ROSE WEISS, Boulder, CO
Judges: Elisabeth Agro and Gwen Goodwill Bianchi
Maya Rose Weiss explores the interconnection of jewelry and weaving as a way to localize the unique intersection of history, craft, tradition and lineage in her work.
The Jane and Leonard Korman Family Prize for Excellence in Clay: DELORES FORTUNA, Galena, Il
Judge: Cathy Altman
Delores Fortuna’s work begins with basic wheel thrown shapes, altering and rejoining forms to create utilitarian vessels.
The Carolyn Benesh Ornament Magazine Prize for Excellence in Art to Wear: MINA NORTON, New York, NY
Judge: Patrick Benesh-Liu
Mina’s designs are influenced by her fine art background and training as a textile designer. Her custom made pieces are hand-loomed with the finest merino wool, dyed and finally felted by hand.
The Prize for Excellence in Jewelry: LISA & SCOTT CYLINDER, Brunswick, ME
Judges: Katharine & Louis Padulo
Lisa and Scott first met while studying jewelry and metalsmithing at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. They began collaborating in 1988, and their influences include modern art, scientific phenomena, 20th century artifacts, and film.
The Craft Show is presented by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and has raised over 13.4 million dollars over its long history. The museum’s largest single fundraiser, funds go to supporting museum initiatives, including education, art and fine craft acquisitions, state-of-the-art equipment, and special exhibitions.
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