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Robin Waynee of Chimayo, N.M., won first place in the silver category of the 10th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition for “Rolling Tahitian Pearl Bracelet.” Credit: Ryan Roberts Ltd.

The Kentucky Arts Council (KAC) announced the 2010 recipients of its Governor’s Awards in the Arts in August. Notable winners include Rev. Al Shands, who will be recognized with the Milner award for his work as an arts patron, community leader and philanthropist. He was a founder of the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Award-winning glass artist and educator Stephen Rolfe Powell will be recognized with the artist award for his lifetime of achievement in the arts. KAC will honor all of the winners with a public ceremony and celebration in October.

Rio Grande announced the winners of its 10th annual Saul Bell Design Awards in June in Las Vegas. More than $30,000 in prizes was awarded to 12 winners who were culled from 30 finalists. The first-place winners include Jason Dow of Honolulu, Hawaii, in the gold/platinum category; Robin Waynee of Chimayo, N.M., in the silver category; Wendy Wallin Malinow of Portland, Ore., in the metal clay category; Renee Menard of San Diego, Calif., in the beads category; and William Brinker of Boulder, Colo., in the enamel category.

The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) awarded three educational endowment scholarships and three honorable mentions to a pool of 46 trade school, undergraduate and graduate student applicants in June. The scholarship winners include David Choi and Jee Young Han, who were each awarded $1,000 and a one-year membership to SNAG. Honorable mentions went to Rebekah Frank, Loring Taoka and Amy Weiks.

A panel of judges selected best display award winners at the July Chicago Market: Living and Giving show at the Merchandise Mart. Among the 10 winners was Erin Smith, who won the Beckman’s handcrafted award for her “sassy” mixed-media work.

In July, the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Wash., chose James Baker to serve as its executive director and chief executive officer. Baker brings more than 30 years of experience in the arts to his new position. He succeeds Arthur Jacobus, who resigned in December 2009, and interim executive director Patricia Wallace. “We are lucky to have found Jim,” says Wallace. “He brings the right combination of experience and vision to lead Pilchuck into its 40th year and beyond.” Baker most recently served as the president of the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and the executive director of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colo.

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