“A Glimpse Inside,” a fiber vessel by Wauseon artist Judy L. Kahle, was selected for the Ohio Craft Museum’s “The Best of 2017,” which will showcase contemporary fine craft by 51 artists in the Columbus museum.
Juror Bill Griffith, artist, educator, and administrator at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., selected 70 works in clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber, and mixed media from over 200 entries. Griffith awarded Kahle the Barbara Robinson Award for Excellence in Traditional Craft.
According to Kahle, her work is “all about layers. Each step of the process adds meaning to the overall piece through the use of symbolic shapes and colors, as well as the chosen form.”
When selecting works for the exhibition, 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.”
The exhibition opened with a reception Sunday honoring award winners at the Ohio Craft Museum. At that time, the Ohio Designer Craftsmen Outstanding Achievement Award was 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–Sept. 9.
The Ohio Craft Museum is located at 1665 West Fifth Ave. in Columbus. Admission and parking are free. For information, call 614 486-4402, or visit www.ohiocraft.org, for further information.