The Award of Distinction recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievement and long-standing commitment by an individual or institution to the advancement of the art of furniture making. The Award is intended to strengthen the fabric of the Furniture Society’s community by naming and celebrating its aesthetic and intellectual leaders.
2020/2021 Award of Distinction Honoree:
The Furniture Society is thrilled to announce Kristina Madsen as the 2020/2021 recipient of its coveted Award of Distinction. We will be celebrating Kristina this June during the Summer Session of FS Connects with two unique programs including object studies of her work and a virtual Awards Ceremony.
In November 2018, the Furniture Society Board of Trustees appointed Wendy Maruyama chair of the Award of Distinction program. The assistant chair will be the current President of the Furniture Society, Bart Niswonger. The three jurors for the 2020 Award deliberations selected by Maruyama are Andy Buck, Kathryn Hall and Craig Nutt. Due to the knowledge each has of the contemporary furniture making scene, their differing aesthetic approaches to object making and geographic spread, the deliberations should be substantive, fair, lively and representative of a vital slice of the Furniture Society community.
Award funds received in excess of the direct program costs will be made available to the Furniture Society’s Educational Grants program, which offers essential financial assistance to Society members for professional development or projects of an educational nature.
Past Award of Distinction Honorees:
The Furniture Society is proud to announce that the recipient of its coveted 2018 Award of Distinction is Craig Nutt. His award will be presented at a luncheon ceremony on Saturday, June 16, 2018 during the Furniture Society’s conference in San Francisco. Craig Nutt will be presented his award by his good friend, Toni Sikes, who is the co-founder and CEO of CODAworx.
The Furniture Society proudly bestowed its coveted 2012 Award of Distinction upon Rosanne Somerson. Her award was presented at a luncheon ceremony on June 15, 2012 during the Furniture Society’s conference in Portland, Maine, by her colleague John Dunnigan, head of the Department of Furniture Design, Rhode Island School of Design.
Presented by The Furniture Society on June 18, 2010.
Mr. Fortune’s award was presented June 22, 2007 jointly by Alan Elder, Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Curator of Canadian Crafts, Decorative Arts and Design; and by Edward S. Cooke, Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts, Department of the History of Art, Yale University.
Mr. Castle’s award was presented March 16, 2001 by Garry Knox Bennett, artist and ACC Fellow.
Mr. Frid’s award was presented March 16, 2001 by his student and colleague Rosanne Somerson, chair of the Rhode Island School of Design’s furniture program.
Mr. Krenov’s award was presented on March 16, 2001 by Peter Korn, Director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.
Mr. Maloof’s award was presented March 16, 2001 by Jonathan Fairbanks, former curator of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.