American Craft Council

2017 Rare Craft Fellowship Award in association with The Balvenie Minneapolis, MN – February 6, 2017 – The American Craft Council is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Rare Craft Fellowship Award in association with The Balvenie.

Rare Craft Finalists

  • Sandra and Wence Martinez, painter and weaver (respectively)
  • Abir Ali and Andre Sandifer, furniture makers
  • Janice Arnold, textiles
  • Amara Hark-Weber, shoe maker
  • Emily Nachison, glass and installation

The Rare Craft Fellowship Award in association with The Balvenie is presented in recognition and support of contributions to the maintenance and revival of traditional or rare crafts in America. The award is supported by The Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony held in New York City on April 18.

This year’s jurors were Anthony Bourdain, author, chef, and raconteur; Michael Radyk, ACC director of education; David Stewart, The Balvenie’s malt master; and Jennifer Zwilling, curator of artistic programs at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia.

About the American Craft Council

No one understands the world of artful living better than the American Craft Council. The national, nonprofit educational organization has been shaping the artisanal craft movement for decades, serving as a craft chronicler, tastemaker, convener, and provocateur through its magazine American Craft, annual juried shows presenting artists and their work, thought leadership conferences, awards for excellence, and research library. For further information visit craftcouncil.org.