Two Art Faculty Earn $20,000 Awards for “Outstanding Work, Innovation”
BW adjunct faculty members Stephanie Craig and Roberta Williamson were recognized for their exceptional talent as craft artists by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC).
They secured two of 20 awards given to regional artists. Over 300 artists participated in the competition.
As part of the award, Berea residents Craig and Williamson each received $20,000, a one-year membership to the COSE Arts Network, tuition to the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute and inclusion in a catalogue showcasing the winners' work.
Craig, who has been with BW for two years, teaches black and white photography and two dimensional design. Having received several accolades for her work as an artist, Craig maintains a ceramics studio, Hectic Studio, in Cleveland with her husband and fellow artist Todd Leech.
Currently, she is working on an exhibition of new works from The Factory Work Series (pictured) to be exhibited spring 2011 at the Meltem Birey Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
Williamson, wife of BW Professor of Art David Williamson, has been with BW for 15 years. She teaches two dimensional design, jewelry and metalsmithing. Among her many honors, she has received 11 Ohio Arts Council Fellowships and Best of Show at the prestigious Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.
The artistic pair has garnered national attention in creating intricate nature-themed brooches and pendants. In 2009 the Williamsons were showcased in a PBS documentary "Craft in America" and in a Plain Dealer article. Their work appears in over a hundred public and private collections, including the Smithsonian Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the White House and more.
"The CPAC award recognizes Stephanie and Roberta for the outstanding work they do as artists and as faculty members of the College," said Paul Jacklitch, chair of studio art. "For students pursuing studio art as a career, an accomplishment like this pays tribute to the impressive and talented work of our faculty."
The entries were judged by art experts from seven cities outside of Ohio. Recipients were praised for "their outstanding work and innovation in the field."
CPAC, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to improving greater Cleveland by ensuring the artistic and economic success of its arts and culture community.