Art Martin is the Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Muskegon Museum of Art. He is the organizing curator for several recent international fiber exhibitions, including the traveling exhibitions Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fibers and Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge with guest curator Geary Jones, and Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts with guest curator Nancy Crow. A practicing artist, Martin holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Drake University and a MFA in Painting from Wichita State University.
Louise Allrich studied textile design and art at the University of California Davis. She owned The Allrich Gallery in San Francisco for twenty-five years and during that time championed, exhibited and sold contemporary textile artists from around the world. These artists included Lia Cook, Nance O’Banion, Olga de Amaral, Tetsuo Kusama, Masakazu and Naomi Kobayashi. Allrich also did numerous large-scale commissions with clients around the world for textile artists. She has lectured on textile art at numerous museums and universities including Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Since closing the gallery, she continued to work with developers on acquiring major art collections for commercial clients around the world. She recently was on an international team to develop a master plan for a new city being developed in South Korea and was responsible for the master art plan. Currently, Allrich is also working as a fine art appraiser and expert witness, and is President of the Governing Board of the American Society of Appraisers, Northern California, with 250 member appraisers in Business Valuation, Personal Property, Gems & Jewelry and Machinery and Equipment.
Paul J. Smith Award for Excellence in Fibers ($500)*
Category Prizes ($300)
The function emphasis of the five categories puts the focus on the makers’ intentions and can incorporate the vast range of fiber mediums. A prize will be awarded for each category.
Two-dimensional works, including quilts, tapestries, weavings, carpets, or works in any other fiber-related medium or technique that are intended for wall or floor display.
Three-dimensional works in fiber.
Functional work and sculptural expressions of the vessel form.
Three-dimensional work created as an environment.
Body adornments, including wearable art clothing, accessories and jewelry.
*Why did we name our first prize after Paul J. Smith? There are so many reasons. Click here to learn all about Mr. Smith and his impact on craft and textiles.