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Style Spotlight: Artists’ Life

November 2010 | BY | Issue 74, Winter 2010-2011

Albert Paley won the American Craft Council’s gold medal for work like “Hallelujah,” which is installed at the Clay Center in Charleston, W.Va.

The Museum at Eldridge Street in New York City unveiled a new monumental stained-glass east window designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans at its 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue in October. “It was imperative that with this commission we return a sense of grandeur to the interior,” explains executive director Bonnie Dimun. “Smith and Gans intuitively created a design that is both strikingly contemporary but surprisingly in keeping with the 19th-century interior.”

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced its 2010 fellows in September. Notable recipients are Nicholas Benson, a third-generation stone carver, calligrapher and designer; and marble sculptor Elizabeth Turk.

Marianne van Ooij, a multi-faceted Dutch designer living and working in New York City, was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to create seven pillow designs for the 2010-2011 season. The witty, hand-sewn pillows are inspired by the season’s seven productions.

Two of New York ceramist Christopher Spitzmiller’s handmade “Patricia” lamps were integrated into the recent White House Oval Office redesign, which was unveiled in September. No taxpayer funds were used to purchase the lamps.

Three artists were honored as part of the 2010 SAC Artist Awards Exhibition at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Mass., this fall. A three-member jury selected Jeffrey Clancy in the metals category, Timothy Coleman in studio furniture and Ellen Wieske in jewelry/metals for their mastery in each medium.

Vancouver-based ceramic artist Dirk Staschke was named the winner of the John & Joyce Price award of excellence, given in conjunction with the Bellevue Arts Museum’s inaugural biennial exhibition. He was selected by the curatorial staff from among more than 30 exhibiting artists to receive a $5,000 cash prize and the opportunity for a future solo exhibition. “BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown!” runs through Jan. 16, 2011.

The American Craft Council inducted eight individuals into its college of fellows: mixed-media artist John Garrett, jeweler Ron Ho, wood artist William Hunter, fiber artist Rebecca Medel, glass artist Ginny Ruffner, ceramists John and Susanne Stephenson, and honorary fellow and writer Janet Koplos. The gold medal award for consummate craftsmanship was presented to metal sculptor Albert Paley. The Aileen Osborn Webb award for philanthropy recognized longtime collectors Dorothy and the late George Saxe. Each award recipient was recognized in a ceremony on Oct. 1.

Fiber artist Trish Korte won the Alma Lesch Memorial Award at the Kentucky State Fair in August for her innovation in color and technique. The award is administered by the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, and specifically recognized Korte’s “Red Vessel.”

Holly Hosterman, creative director and co-founder of Holly Yashi, celebrates her 30th year in business in 2011. In 1981, Hosterman and Paul “Yashi” Lubitz “transformed a one-car garage into our studio and started creating jewelry that was built on craft, creativity and innovation,” she says. “We still honor the craft of jewelry making, handcrafting our jewelry in small batches.”

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