MAY 7–JUNE 18, 2017


(Columbus, OH)—Opening May 7 at the Ohio Craft Museum, “The Best of 2017” will showcase contemporary fine craft by 51 artists. Juror Bill Griffith, artist, educator and administrator at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, selected 70 works in clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber and mixed media from over 200 entries. Thirteen were selected for awards of excellence in the 34th annual members competition, organized by Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

Griffith chose “objects that were well crafted and designed, technically proficient, and that resonated within my personal aesthetics and visual history. The works that I found myself viewing and enjoying several times over became my favorites. The objects that remained most exciting and fascinating were then selected for awards of excellence.”

Hudson, Ohio, artist Stuart B. Gair, recipient of the Watkins Printing Poster Award and Yassenoff Family Award for Excellence, creates beautiful yet functional pottery. “It is of the upmost importance that each piece has a duality of utilitarian purpose and serves as an object of beauty and intrigue when not in use,” he says. “Each piece is intended to live in the open for everyday enjoyment and contemplation and not to be stored in a dark place.”

The exhibition opens with a May 7 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 Miami University’s CraftSummer program and its director, Ron Stevens, for offering opportunities to artists and community members to learn new techniques and experiment with a variety of craft mediums. After closing at the museum on June 18, the exhibition travels to the Southern Ohio Museum, where it will be on view July 7–September 9.

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.