The following award winners were announced at the opening reception of Iowa Crafts: 46 at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum on Saturday, September 30, at 2:30 p.m. This statewide competition was open to all artists above high school age residing in the state of Iowa. Thirty artworks by twenty-three artists were selected for the final show. Iowa Crafts: 46 can be viewed in the Museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery through January 3, 2024. The juror for this competition was Stacy Peterson, Curatorial Director at the Dubuque Museum of Art in Dubuque, IA.
Amythest Warrington, of Waterloo, was given the Best in Show award for the earthenware piece, Preserving a Memory. This award grants Warrington a solo exhibition in 2024 in the Museum’s Center Space Gallery.
The Best in Clay award of $150 was given to Amythest Warrington, of Waterloo, for Vase with Orchids and Roses. The Juror’s Special Mention in Clay of $50 was awarded to Glenda Klimesh-Ross, of Osage, for the stoneware piece, Soul Series II: River Road.
The Best in Fiber award of $150 was given to Jan Friedman, of Iowa City, for the tapestry, The Earth Has a Lot to Offer. The Juror’s Special Mention in Fiber of $50 was awarded to Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, of Davenport, for Hues from the Edge.
The Best in Glass award of $150 was given to Chris White, of Clear Lake, for the fused glass piece, Alchemy II.
The Best in Metal/Wood award of $150 was given to Rob Wallace, of Ames, for the wooden vessel, Eye of the Tiger. The Juror’s Special Mention in Metal/Wood of $50 was given to Julienne Friday, of Forest City, for the wooden piece, Untitled.
The Best in Other Craft Media award of $150 was given to Tiberiu Chelcea, of Ames, for Randomly Accessed Memory #24. The Juror’s Special Mention in Other Craft Media of $50 was given to Paula Altmaier, of Riverside, for the mixed media artwork, Childhood Memories.
Admission to the Museum is free. Museum hours are – Tuesday and Thursday – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Sunday – Monday. For more information please call the Museum at 641-421-3666 or visit our website @ www.macniderart.org.
Image: Best in Show award winner Amythest Warrington, of Waterloo, Preserving a Memory, white earthenware, Majolica