Seven Alaska Artists Recognized with Awards in Biennial Juried Craft Exhibition
December 04, 2004
Earth, Fire and Fibre XXV
Alaska Biennial Juried Craft Exhibition
Jan. 16 through March 13, 2005
Opening Reception January 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Seven Alaska artists won awards for their submissions to "Earth, Fire and Fibre," one of the state's longest running juried exhibitions. This year 138 artists from around the state submitted 377 entries to "Earth, Fire and Fibre XXV," the Museum's biennial juried craft exhibition. This popular exhibition showcases artists working with clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber, bone or stone.
Juror David Revere McFadden, chief curator and vice president of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, selected 81 works by 43 artists for the exhibition opening Jan. 16 at the Anchorage Museum. For the Juror's Choice Award, worth $1,000, McFadden recognized Fairbanks artist Anna Ramsburgh for her body of work in ceramics.
The full list of awardees includes:
Juror's Choice Award ($1,000)
Anna Ramsburgh, Fairbanks, for her body of work in ceramics
Denise Heimel, Wasilla, Remains to be Seen, earthenware
Mary Hertert, Anchorage, Leaves on Water, fiber
Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Anchorage, Pore Scraps, fiber/mixed media
Alex Phillips, Anchorage, Hairy Circle, found object/mixed media
Fran Reed, Anchorage, Breach II, fish skin and gut
Mark Wedekind, Anchorage, Little Sue, wood
Florence Clement, Wasilla, body of work in woven basketry
Anne Luetkemeyer, Anchorage, Gear Up for Fungus, wood and bronze
Monica Jenicek Lyall, Anchorage, The Restrictive Covenants of Southport, fiber
McFadden has organized more than 150 exhibitions on decorative arts, design and craft, and has published more than 100 books, articles, catalogues and reviews. In his juror's lecture, McFadden explored what he calls "the blur zone," the elimination of traditional distinctions between art, craft and design. In recent years, he said there have been developments in visual arts that have changed how we define art and craft.
While art used to be at the top of a theoretical artistic triangle, with craft and design on the bottom, McFadden suggested perceiving them all as a circle now, with one flowing easily into the next and no distinctions necessary. More important than what artworks are called, he said, is making things that are beautiful and meaningful. As examples, McFadden showed slides from artists around the world who work in clay, melted glass or silver, photography, even marmalade and jelly beans. He concluded with a quotation from artist Chris Wilmarth: "If it's not magic, it's merchandise."
The "Earth, Fire and Fibre" exhibition is funded in part by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, with matching funds from BP.
For more information, call Dave Nicholls at 343-6122.