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A gold piece by Valentin Yotkov

The Florida Society of Goldsmiths has honored Valentin Yotkov with the 2011 FSG National Metalsmith’s Hall of Fame Award in its Artist/Arts Educator category. Considered one of the world’s leading experts in chasing and repousse, Yotkov runs the Valentin Yotkov Studio, the only school in the country that teaches these ancient metal techniques. Since its creation in 1994, more than 1,600 students, professional jewelers and metalsmiths from around the world have attended his classes.

The New York International Gift Fair has announced the winners of its first annual Carol Sedestrom Ross “Maker-to-Market” scholarship awards. Emerging textile artists and designers String Theory of Montreal, Canada, and Haptic Lab of Brooklyn, N.Y., who displayed their work at Handmade NYIGF, received free exhibition space, travel expenses, pre- and post-show marketing support and a market-readiness consultation from By Hand Consulting. Honoring the memory of Ross, a pivotal figure in the American Craft movement, the scholarship will be presented annually to the most promising newcomers to NYIGF’s Handmade division.

Cleveland-based nonprofit, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) is a local service organization for artists and arts and culture nonprofits. For 20 lucky Cuyahoga County artists, CPAC wanted to acknowledge their outstanding work and innovation in the field. The artists shared in a $20,000 Creative Workforce Fellowship. The 2011 Fellows will use these funds for a range of professional activities such as traveling for research, buying equipment or investing in marketing materials.

Rockville Md., has been given new interactive public art, thanks to Florida-based artist Cecilia Lueza and her partner Rick Munne. They developed a series of sound-activated wall sculptures, left, at the city’s Arts and Innovation Center. The panels are made of plastic and epoxy resins that incorporate a fiber optic and LED lighting system. The public is invited to visit the sculpture and talk, sing, clap or otherwise make noise in its vicinity in order to interact with and direct the light show.

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