Thank You to our Artists and Patrons

The 40th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show, held this April 20-24, was a great one. It brought an amazing collection of fine craft, thousands of visitors, and hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit the Smithsonian. Our artists, donors and champions made it happen, and we couldn’t be more grateful. For a list of this year’s generous contributors see the “Donors” and “Champions”  tabs above.


Patrick R. Benesh-Liu; Coeditor, Ornament Magazine

Paul Fisher; CEO, Juried Art Services LLC and Owner, Paul Fisher Gallery

Jane Milosch; Visiting Professorial Fellow, Provenance & Curatorial Studies, School of Culture & Creative Arts, University of Glasgow


Best in Show – Donald Friedlich (Jewelry)

Donors: Jana and Lawrence Hough, Timothy Harr

Gold Award — The Susie Gray Founder’s Award – John Mascoll (Wood)

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

Silver Award – Lucrezia Bieler (Paper)

Donor: Nelnet Foundation

Bronze Award – Nicario Jimenez (Mixed Media)

Donors: Diane and Marc Grainer

Excellence in Jewelry – Linda Kindler-Priest

Donor: Ornament Magazine, in loving memory of Carolyn L.E. Benesh, and selected by Patrick R. Benesh-Liu

New Direction — Excellence in Design of the Future – K. Riley (Wearable Art)

Donor: Kate Nemec Simonds

Honoring the Future Sustainability Award – Leah Evans (Decorative Fiber)

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

First-Time Artist Award – Keunho Park (Wood)

Donor: Ruth and Dick Conant 


These awards are voted on by the artists and presented on Friday, April 22 at 2:00 pm.

Gold Award – Robert Farrell (Metal)

Donors: Martha and David Martin  

Silver Award – Ahrong Kim (Ceramics)

Donors: Louise C. Millikan and Amy Meadows, in loving memory of Margaret C. Collins and to honor her many years of service

Bronze Award – Gabrielle Gould (Jewelry)

Donor: Lisa and Porter Dawson

Smithsonian Visionary Award

Presented to David Ellsworth and Michael Hurwitz.

Smithsonian Women’s Committee Delphi Award

Presented to Roberto Lugo and Stephen Young Lee.

Coming Up – Craft2Wear –  October 20-22

Don’t miss the Craft2Wear Show this fall!  It’s the best place to find unique clothing, leather goods and jewelry. Check back soon for more details!

Coming Soon – Call for artists for the 2023 Smithsonian Craft Show

The Smithsonian Women’s Committee

We’re a hardworking group of nearly 200 volunteers who each year produce the renowned Smithsonian Craft Show and its sister show of wearable art, Craft2Wear. The Committee uses proceeds from these shows to support education, research, conservation, acquisition and exhibitions throughout the Smithsonian.