2018 Award of Distinction — Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations
2018 Award of Distinction

In 2000, the Furniture Society’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a proposal to create an Award of Distinction (AOD). The award recognizes outstanding achievement and longstanding commitment to the advancement of the art of furniture making by an individual or institution. The award intends to strengthen the FS community by celebrating its aesthetic and intellectual leaders. Past awards have largely paid tribute to individuals who exercised a profound impact on the furniture making field through their work, teachings, and influence. The pool of qualified nominees currently moves into the next generation and candidates become more contemporary, which creates a need to ensure the continuing fairness and impartiality of the selection process.

In November 2017, the Furniture Society Board of Trustees appointed past AOD recipient Wendy Maruyama chair of the Award of Distinction program. The assistant chair is current President of the Furniture Society, Forest Dickey. The three jurors for the 2018 Award deliberations selected by Maruyama are Bebe Pritam Johnson, Donald Fortescue, and Matt Hutton. Due to their knowledge of the contemporary furniture making scene, their different aesthetic approaches to object making and their geographic spread, the deliberations should be substantive, fair, lively, and representative of a vital slice of The Furniture Society’s community.

About the jurors:

Bebe Pritam Johnson, a longtime advocate of American Studio Furniture, was the 2014 AOD co-recipient with her husband, Warren Eames Johnson. Together, they established the Pritam and Eames Gallery dedicated to studio furniture (1981-2014) in East Hampton, New York. Bebe also served as a two-term trustee and officer of The Furniture Society and as a trustee to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, ME. Donald Fortescue is a Professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. He chaired the Furniture Design Program at CCA from 1997-2009 and hosted the second Furniture Society Conference at CCA in 1998; Matt Hutton is a furniture maker and Associate Professor at Maine College of Art in Portland, ME, where he has been an instrumental leader in establishing a woodworking and furniture design program. He hosted the Furniture Society Conference at MECA in 2012.


To nominate an individual for this prestigious award you must be a current Furniture Society Member, however, your nominees need not be current members. Please send your candidate’s name and a supporting statement detailing the nominee’s qualifications for the award to Wendy Maruyama (wendymaruyama@me.com) by January 15, 2018. Your supporting statement should be thorough and nominators should provide a strong voice in support of their nominees.

The jury’s decision will be announced in February 2018, and the award will be presented at The Furniture Society’s conference NEXUS in San Francisco in June 2018.