Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rare Craft Fellowship Award


Rare Craft Fellowship Award
American Craft Council

in Association with The Balvenie
Minneapolis, MN

The American Craft Council Announces New Rare Craft Fellowship Award in Association with The Balvenie, Recognizing the Revival or Maintenance of Traditional Craft Minneapolis, MN – October 2013

The American Craft Council announces the establishment of the Rare Craft Fellowship Award in association with The Balvenie in recognition and support of contributions to the maintenance and revival of traditional or rare crafts in America. The inaugural Rare Craft Fellowship Award, to be presented in the winter of 2014, recognizes one winner among five finalists in the field of traditional crafts. The Rare Craft Fellowship Award is presented in partnership with The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Prize remuneration includes $10,000 for the fellowship winner and $5,000 for each finalist. Finalists will be featured at an awards luncheon in New York City. In addition, the winner of the fellowship will receive a two-week residency in Scotland at The Balvenie’s distillery.

Nominations for the fellowship will be solicited by ACC from an anonymous body of artists, scholars, educators, critics, curators, and collectors. Self-nomination will also be accepted at any time. Evaluation material provided by nominated individuals will be reviewed by the award committee, who will select the finalists and fellowship winner. The Award Committee for 2014 includes ACC director of education Perry A. Price, malt master David Stewart of The Balvenie, independent curator Jennifer Scanlan, and Nicholas Bell, the Fleur and Charles Bresler curator of American craft and decorative art.

To be considered for the American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Award in association with The Balvenie, individuals must demonstrate a contribution to the maintenance or revival of traditional or rare craft techniques, processes, or products and meet at least one of the following criteria: maintain a current working studio or production shop, maintain a program of apprenticeship or mentorship in the preservation of technique, process, or product, have previously been recognized as part of The Balvenie Rare Craft Roadshow, or have previously participated in an American Craft Council show, been featured in American Craft magazine, or
contributed to the educational mission of the ACC.

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Awards Program Contact:
Perry A. Price, Director of Education
(612) 206-3128

Press Contact:
Pamela Diamond, Director of Marketing and Communications
(612) 206-3121