2017 Award Winners


Best of Show: Robert Farrell (Metal)

Donors: Lawrence Hough, Timothy Harr

Gold Award — The Susie Gray Founder’s Award: Cliff Lee (Ceramics)

Donor: Geoffrey Gray, selected by Susie Gray, SWC member and founder of the Smithsonian Craft Show

Silver Award: Namu Cho (Jewelry)

Donor: Lois England

Bronze Award: Jennifer Zurick (Basketry)

Donors: Diane and Marc Grainer

Excellence in Ceramics: Thomas Marrinson 

Donated in memory of L. Marvin Hill

Excellence in Glass: Fred Kaemmer 

Donors: Caroline and Jim Norman

Excellence in Jewelry: Reiko Ishiyama 

Donor: Ornament Magazine, selected by Carolyn Benesh

Excellence in Wood: Mike Shuler 

Donor: Collectors of Wood Art, selected by a committee of CWA members

New Direction — Excellence in Design of the Future: Marian Schoettle (Wearable Art)

Donor: Kate Nemec Simonds

Honoring the Future Sustainability Award: Bill Perkins (Furniture)

Donor: Honoring the Future, an Open Space Institute Project, selected by Lloyd Herman

First Time Exhibitor Award: Seung Jeon Paik (Jewelry)

Donor: Betty Foster



Elizabeth Broun: Former Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art

Sharon Buchanan: Principal, Artists Circle Fine Art

Abraham Thomas: The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum



These awards were voted on by the exhibitors and presented on Thursday, April 27 at 4 pm.

Gold Award: Nicario Jimenez (Mixed Media)

Donor: Toni A. Ritzenberg

Silver Award: Ben Strear (Wood)

Donors: Louise C. Millikan, Alix Myerson and Eloise C. Poretz, in loving memory of Margaret C. Collins and to honor her many years of service

Bronze Award: Wence and Sandra Martinez (Decorative Fiber)

Donors: Martha and David Martin