The following award winners were announced at the opening reception of Iowa Crafts: 43 at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum on Saturday, November 4, at 2:30 p.m. This statewide competition was open to all artists above high school age residing in the state of Iowa. Thirty-one artworks by nineteen artists were selected for the final show. Iowa Crafts: 43 can be viewed in the Museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery through January 3, 2018.
Joanne Alberda, of Sioux Center, was given the Best in Show award for her fiber piece, Improvisations on a Square. This award grants Alberda a solo exhibition next year in the Museum’s Center Space Gallery.
The Best in Clay award of $150 was given to Bill Mateer, of Sheffield, for his reduction fired Stonewear Vase. The Juror’s Special Mention in Clay of $50 was awarded to Katie Brooks, of Manchester, for her large clay sculpture, Blue.
The Best in Fiber award of $150 was given to Sandy Maxa, of Lenox, for her fabric basket, Gathering Nuts. The Juror’s Special Mention in Fiber of $50 was awarded to Joanne Alberda, of Sioux Center, for her fiber piece, Passages.
The Best in Metal/Wood award of $150 was given to Rob Wallace, of Ames, for his wooden vessel, Oak Oracle. The Juror’s Special Mention in Metal/Wood of $50 was given to Dorian Stripling, of Ames, for the wooden sculpture, Draped Figure.
The juror for Iowa Crafts: 43 is JoAnn Schnabel, Professor of Art, University of Northern Iowa. In her Juror’s Statement Schnabel writes, “Being the juror for the Iowa Crafts: 43 exhibition allowed me an insight to what craft based artworks are being created today in Iowa. I looked for artwork that was unique, well-crafted and had clear voice of the individual artist.”