NICHE magazine is proud to announce the finalists in the professional division of the 2016 NICHE Awards. The awards program, begun in 1989, celebrates excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft.
In the professional division, a team of judges representing gallery owners and craft industry experts selected 180 finalists out of more than 1,000 entries in 36 categories representing a variety of mediums. Each entry was considered for technical excellence, in both form and surface design; market viability; and innovation, defined as a distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought.
This year’s jurors include Deana Haggag, director of The Contemporary, a nomadic, non-collecting art museum in Baltimore, Md.; Susan Bayer-Fishman, owner of Stowe Craft Gallery and the Stowe Craft Gallery Design Center, in Stowe, Vt.; JoAnn Edwards, executive director of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco; and Baltimore jeweler, educator and mixed-media sculptor Kirsten Rook.
NICHE magazine also recognizes the artistic achievements of students enrolled in North American undergraduate, graduate and certificate arts programs with its NICHE Student Awards competition. Finalists are determined by NICHE magazine editors and the staff of the American Made Show. This year, jurors selected 80 student finalists out of nearly 600 entries in 16 categories.
The full list of student and professional finalists is available at www.NICHEAwards.com. In addition, all professional and student finalists are invited to display their work in the NICHE Awards Finalists Gallery at the American Made Show, Jan. 15-17, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
The 2016 NICHE Awards festivities will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the convention center, followed by the awards ceremony. Winners will be featured in the Spring 2016 issue of NICHE magazine.
Admission to the NICHE Awards ceremony is free for all American Made Show participants. The American Made Show, a premier national wholesale event showcasing handmade works by studio artists and designers, is unique among gift trade shows, as all products on display are exclusively designed and studio-made by artists in the United States and Canada. To register as a buyer, go to www.AmericanMadeShow.com or call 800-432-7238.