The 2016 NICHE Awards table holds newly redesigned student trophies from Baltic by Design and professional trophies in a vibrant new color from Glasslight Studio. ALL PHOTOS: JIM BURGER PHOTOGRAPHY
The 2016 NICHE Awards presentation, a much-anticipated element of every winter American Made Show since the awards began in 1989, took place on Jan. 16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. And this year, it turned into a big event with a surprisingly comfortable family-centric vibe. In addition to finalists and friends, the audience was packed with parents, spouses, teachers, relatives and children.
For 38 studio artists and 17 college students from across the United States and Canada, it was also a night to remember, as all took home trophies as winners of the prestigious NICHE Awards for excellence in fine craft design.
Wendy Rosen, publisher of NICHE magazine and founder of the American Made Show, opened the ceremonies, reminding the audience that they were about to see exciting new designs from some of the most inventive professional and student artists working in three-dimensional fine craft today.
“The American Made Show has developed, nurtured and maintained partnerships with so many of these artists over the years,” Rosen said, “and gladly welcomes the new ones. These relationships are the strong foundations that make our arts community vibrant and unique.”
Rosen then turned the program over to master of ceremonies Karen Boyd, marketing director of the American Made Show, who set a brisk pace for the rest of the event. Of the 180 finalists from more than 1,000 entries, 38 took home awards in the professional division; 17 students, out of 80 finalists chosen from more than 600 entries, won awards in the student division.
During the presentation, NICHE magazine also honored designer goldsmith and jewelry instructor Christine Dwane, of the Ecole de Joaillerie de Montreal and the Ecole de Gemmologie de Montreal, in Montreal, Quebec, by naming her the 2016 NICHE Arts Educator of the Year. Nominated by this year’s NICHE Awards student entrants, the candidates for this award are teachers who are revered for the quality of their instruction and the generosity of their mentoring.
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To view all the winners of the 2016 NICHE Awards, please visit the NICHE Awards website www.nicheawards.com