MAY 6–JUNE 24, 2018


(Columbus, OH)—Opening May 6 at the Ohio Craft Museum, the “Best of 2018” will showcase contemporary fine craft by 51 artists. Juror Kathryn Gremley, director, Penland Gallery and Visitors Center, Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, selected 76 works in clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber and mixed media from over 200 entries. Fifteen artists received awards of excellence in the 35th annual members competition, organized by Ohio Designer Craftsmen.


Gremley chose works that displayed “innovative use of traditional materials, explorations with new techniques and technology, provocative and timely narrative works, and remarkable skill in craft media. These works engage us with their beauty, challenge us to think and connect, and perhaps alter our expectations about art.”

Columbus, Ohio, artist Michael Hric received the Watkins Printing Poster Award and Yassenoff Family Award for Excellence, for his glass vessels. “I usually draw a small sketch of a form, which will then be made from glass. Many times, the initial sketch is only a base or foundation for a final piece,” Hric says. “During the creation of my pieces, especially sculptural work, a more pleasing and exciting form will take shape. Glass has the tendency to be its own creature. It will allow a certain amount of control, but you need to be able to know what it desires. Over time, manipulation of the material has become second nature.”


The exhibition opens with a May 6 reception honoring award winners at the Ohio Craft Museum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (A list of awards and their winners is attached.) At that time, the Ohio Designer Craftsmen Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to artist and Ohio University professor of ceramics Brad Schwieger, for his dedication to educating young artists in the state. After closing at the museum on June 24, the exhibition travels to the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, where it will be on view July 6–August 23.

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.  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.