MCA Announces 2016 Master Craft Artist + Supporter Awards

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The Maine Crafts Association (MCA), a statewide non-profit organization promoting the work of Maine’s craft artists, has named artist Elizabeth Busch of Glenburn, Maine as the 2016 recipient of the MCA Master Craft Artist Award. Recipients are selected for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, inspired design, a singular voice or style, and a career of service to the field.

The 2016 MCA Master Craft Award process began with nominations submitted from past award recipients. The 2016 recipient was researched and selected by Diana Greenwold Assistant Curator of American Art at Portland Museum of Art.

“Elizabeth Busch,” declares Ms. Greenwold, “is a multi-talentedquilt maker, painter and sculptorwhose body of work showcases a keen eye for color relationships and a sophisticated sense of composition. Though trained as a painter, Busch’s experience in architecture is evident in her numerous large-scale installations displayed throughout the United States. Composed of floating acetate in bold tones that are woven and suspended from the ceiling, Busch’s sculptures are designed to bend and flex with currents of air. These sculptures enliven libraries and lobbies in public buildings and bring jolts of color and motion to otherwise unoccupied space

A pioneer in the field of textile art, Busch uses paints, dyes, and patchwork techniques to fashion lushly toned works. Her quilts pair bright hues and patterns against one another to create startling compositions. Busch’s quilts are composed of geometric forms in abstract compositions. Often painted, these art objects expand the bounds of fiber into the realm of painting and collapse distinctions between fine and decorative art.

Busch is a lifelong teacher who has conducted numerous workshops in Maine, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and throughout the United States. She has taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, in Deer Isle Maine, where she also served as the assistant director in 1989. In addition, Busch has led courses at the University of Maine and McMurry College in Abilene, Texas. Her ceaseless experimentation to develop new materials and techniques and her continued commitment to educating the community about her discoveries make her the ideal recipient of the 2016 Master Craft Artist Award.”

With enthusiasm, the MCA Board of Directors selected Tammy Knight, of Clinton, Maine, as the recipient of the 2016 Craft Supporter Award. Tammy serves as the Development Manager of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s Maine Made Program. In her sixteen years working in the Department she has managed grant portfolios totaling over $26 million in support of communities and small businesses.  She became the Manager of the Maine Made Program in 2012

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With Tammy’s leadership, the Maine Made program has built Maine products into a strong national brand. Tammy is an advocate and an ambassador for Maine made products, encouraging craft artists to develop strong product lines, marketing materials and, in turn, bringing those products to a larger national market via trade shows, conferences, expositions, social media and other marketing. She reflects genuine enthusiasm for Maine people and Maine products and the Maine craft community benefits from her creativity, innovation and drive to tell the Maine story on a national level.

The MCA’s efforts and initiatives dove tail with those of Maine Made, with Tammy’s support the MCA and Maine Made have partnered to produce Maine Craft Weekend, an annual tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events and share hundreds of common members.

The public, supporters, friends and family of Elizabeth Busch and Tammy Knight are invited to attend the award ceremony Friday May 13th at  7 pm, for a special reception at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. The ceremony will include the award presentation, a gift of the 2016 Master Craft Artist pins made by MCA Professional Member Jackie Haines, and MCA Lifetime Membership certificate and short presentations from the recipients. Those interested in joining the MCA and the award recipients for dinner at Haystack from 6 to 7 pm, please rsvp to sbliss@mainecrafts.org There is $15 charge for dinner.