(Columbus, OH)—Fifteen artists were honored with awards for excellence in Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s 27th annual juried members’ competition, “Best of 2010.” Opening May 2 and continuing through June 20 at the Ohio Craft Museum, the exhibition features over 100 works in clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber and mixed media by 80 artists. Juror Albertus Gorman, director of studio arts for the Zoom Group in Louisville, Kentucky, chose the work from over 320 entries by 124 artists.  “The overall strength of the ceramic and metalworking communities was evident from the start, and it is reflected in my choices,” Gorman commented. “Although less numerous, there are objects in other media that are fine enough to hold their own with the best works in this exhibition. As an organizing principle, I decided to choose the works that I perceived as the strongest in terms of form, content and mastery of materials.”

“There are so many wonderful works in this exhibition that viewers should find something that connects with their personal sense of beauty—and perhaps works that challenge their preconceptions. It is great to see that as we move past the first decade of this new century, the value of handmade objects remains intact….It is equally good, in the aftermath of the selection process, to learn that both young and established artists will find common ground in the spaces of the galleries hosting the show. Traditions are best when transmitted and reinterpreted.”

Gorman chose award winners as well: The $1000 Challenge Award for Excellence—the exhibition’s top prize—went to ceramics artist Stephen Wolochowicz of South Bend, Indiana. Columbus ceramics artist Kaname Takada received the Watkins Printing Poster Award for Excellence for Bowl—20035, and Mikelle Hickman-Romine, also of Columbus, received the Postcard Award for Excellence for Limoges Brooch/Pendant. Winners of cash awards are (name, title of work, award): Mike Kozumplik, When Woodland Halls are Green and Cool, In the Forest Stirred No Leaf, and Elven Star Map Series I, Pamela Morris Thomford Award for Excellence in Metal; Roberta and David Williamson, Specimens from My Garden, Specimens with Quail Egg and Secret Garden, Jane H. Zimmerman Award for Excellence in Body of Work; Pat Antonick, The Honna, Ruth Lantz Award for Excellence in Fiber; Margaret McAdams, Not So Bad After All: Aesop’s Fables Series, Brian Lonsway Memorial Award for Humor in Craft; Robert Coleman, Lingerie Shallow Bowl Series: Mountain Blue, Emerald Green and Sunset Red, Dominick Labino Memorial Award for Excellence in Glass; George Raeder, Impellerim, Barbara Robinson Award for Excellence in Traditional Craft; Gregg Luginbuhl, Rustic Decanter XVIII, Friends of Phyllis Clark Award for Excellence in Functional Ceramics; Alysia Fischer, Projectile, Jim and Sue Aufderhaar Award for Excellence in Fine Craft; Susan Nash, Cross Country Flight, Quilt Surface Design Foundation Ltd. Award; Lisa Wilson, Invasive and Empty Vessel, Ruth Arden Memorial Award for Excellence in Fine Craft; and Marissa Saneholtz, She Actually Thought It was a Good Idea  and She Excelled in Situations Like These, Emerging Craftsman Award.

Award winners will be honored during the exhibition’s opening reception, to be held May 2 at the Ohio Craft Museum from 1 to 4 p.m.

After closing at the Ohio Craft Museum, the exhibition will travel to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio, where it will be on view August 9–September 25, then on to Artspace/Lima, where it will be shown November 5–December 18.

The Ohio Craft Museum is located at 1665 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212. Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 1–4 p.m., during exhibitions only.  Admission and parking are free. Telephone (614) 486-4402, or see our website www.ohiocraft.org, for further information. The museum is owned and operated by Ohio Designer Craftsmen and receives ongoing funding from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation.