MAY 3–JUNE 21, 2015

(Columbus, OH)—Opening May 3 at the Ohio Craft Museum, “The Best of 2015” will showcase contemporary fine craft by 61 artists. The 90 works in clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber and mixed media were chosen by juror Beth Ann Gerstein, executive director of the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California. She selected the work from over 300 entries. Fourteen were selected for awards for excellence in the 32nd annual members competition, organized by Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

“I went into this selection process with the purpose of choosing the ‘best’ artwork from a diverse group of applicants,” Gerstein notes. “I ‘judge’ each artwork based on my understanding of composition, materials, craftsmanship, creativity, techniques and styles. I look for artists who have their own vision, master a technique, tell an interesting narrative, push the boundaries and/or take a risk.”

Fiber artist Catherine Kleeman, recipient of the Jane H. Zimmerman Award for Excellence for Body of Work, creates vibrant, textured art quilts. “My inspiration lies in the natural world that surrounds me and can run the gamut from ocean waves breaking on a seashore to irrigation patterns seen from an airplane window,” Kleeman says. “I work in abstract images and impressions, and seldom does a literal representation appear in my work.”

The exhibition opens with a reception honoring award winners on May 3 at the Ohio Craft Museum from 1 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 Gregg Luginbuhl, a ceramics artist and professor at Bluffton College, for his long-time support of ODC and its mission, as well as his dedication to educating young artists in the state.

After closing at the Ohio Craft Museum on June 21, the exhibition will travel to the Southern Ohio Museum, where it will be on view July 18–September 5, then on to the Mansfield Art Center, where it will be shown September 20–October 25.

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.