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2018 Award of Distinction Recipient

Furni­ture Maker, Educator

The Furni­ture Society proudly bestowed its coveted 2018 Award of Distinc­tion upon Craig Nutt. His award was presented at a luncheon cere­mony on Satur­day, June 16, 2018 during the Furni­ture Society’s confer­ence in San Fran­cisco. Craig Nutt was presented his award by his good friend, Toni Sikes, who is the co-founder and CEO of CODA­worx, the online plat­form for commis­sioned art that brings artists, archi­tects, design­ers, indus­tries resources, and fabri­ca­tors together for collaborative projects.

Craig Nutt

The 2018 jury, (Bebe Johnson, Donald Fortes­cue and Matt Hutton) chaired by Wendy Maruyama – concluded in their assess­ment that Craig Nutt is the outstand­ing candi­date for this year with such resound­ing support from so many impor­tant people in the field and from the Furni­ture Society member­ship at large.” His contri­bu­tion to the field was not only as a unique maker, but for his unselfish dedi­ca­tion and pres­ence in shaping The Furni­ture Society from its begin­nings, and later, his contri­bu­tions to the devel­op­ment of The Craft Emer­gency Relief Foundation.”

Craig Nutt has had a signif­i­cant impact on the field of studio furni­ture from many angles – as a maker, educa­tor, activist, and advo­cate. As a maker, Craig is a consum­mate crafts­man who artic­u­lates the whimsy of his iconic carved vegetable forms within the context of tradi­tional furni­ture­mak­ing vocab­u­lary and tech­nique. He has been a wood­worker and furni­ture maker for more than 40 years. His inter­est in furni­ture making was kindled by employ­ment as an antique restorer in his early twen­ties while a budding painter and exper­i­men­tal musi­cian. His work is in numer­ous public collec­tions, includ­ing the Smith­son­ian Amer­i­can Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

As an educa­tor, Craig has lectured, presented, and led work­shops and semi­nars at craft schools, confer­ences and furni­ture programs around the country since the 1980’s.

Representative work