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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.

Meet our 2020 Award of Distinction Jurors

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.

Here are two ways you can get involved right now:

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.

Award of Distinction Honorees:

Furniture Maker, Educator

Tom Loeser

2019 Award of Distinction Recipient

The Furni­ture Society proudly announces that the recip­i­ent of its coveted 2019 Award of Distinc­tion is Tom Loeser. His award will be presented at a luncheon cere­mony on Satur­day, June 22, 2019 during the Furni­ture Society’s confer­ence in Milwau­kee, Wisconsin.

Furniture Maker, Educator

Craig Nutt

2018 Award of Distinction Recipient

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.

Educator, Historian

Edward S. Cooke

2016 Award of Distinction Recipient

The Furni­ture Society proudly bestowed its coveted 2016 Award of Distinc­tion upon Edward Cooke. His award was presented at a luncheon cere­mony in June 2016 during the Furni­ture Society’s confer­ence in Philadelphia.

Furniture Maker, Educator

Thomas Hucker

2016 Award of Distinction Recipient

The Furni­ture Society proudly bestowed its coveted 2016 Award of Distinc­tion upon Thomas Hucker. His award was presented at a luncheon cere­mony in June 2016 during the Furni­ture Society’s confer­ence in Philadelphia.

Gallery Owners, Champions of Studio Furniture and Makers

Warren and Bebe Johnson

2014 Award of Distinction Recipients

The Furni­ture Society proudly bestowed its coveted 2014 Award of Distinc­tion upon Warren and Bebe Johnson. Their award was presented at a luncheon cere­mony on June 21, 2014 during the Furni­ture Society’s confer­ence in Port Towsend, WA.

Furni­ture Maker, Educator

Rosanne Somerson

2012 Award of Distinction Recipient

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.

Furniture Maker, Educator

Wendy Maruyama

2008 Award of Distinction Recipient

Ms. Maruya­ma’s award was presented June 19, 2008 by Alphonse Matia, Senior Critic, Grad­u­ate Program in Furni­ture Design, Rhode Island School of Design.

Furniture Maker, Educator

Walker Weed

2008 Award of Distinction Recipient

Mr. Weed’s award was presented June 19, 2008 by Edward S. Cooke, Charles F. Mont­gomery Profes­sor of Amer­i­can Deco­ra­tive Arts, Depart­ment of the History of Art, Yale University.

Furniture Maker

Michael Fortune

2007 Award of Distinction Recipient

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.

Artist, Craftsman

Tommy Simpson

2006 Award of Distinction Recipient

Mr. Simp­son’s award was presented June 9, 2006 by Robert Eager­ton — painter, print­maker, and Profes­sor at the Herron School of Art IUPUI.

Artist, Craftsman

Judy Kensley McKie

2005 Award of Distinction Recipient

Ms. Mckie’s award was presented June 10, 2005 by her friend and fellow furni­ture­maker Michael Hurwitz.

William Keyser, Jr.

2003 Award of Distinction Recipient

Mr. Keyser’s award was presented on June 14, 2003 by Gail Fredell, who studied with Mr. Keyser at the Rochester Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in the 1970’s.

Scholar, Educator, Curator

Jonathan Fairbanks

2003 Award of Distinction Recipient

Mr. Fair­banks’ award was presented June 14, 2003 by his colleague Gerald W. R. Ward, Kather­ine Lane Weems Senior Curator of Deco­ra­tive Arts and Sculp­ture, MFA Boston.

Craftsman, Educator, Author

Jere Osgood

2002 Award of Distinction Recipient

Mr. Osgood’s award was presented June 7, 2002 by his student and colleague Thomas Hucker, who studied with Mr. Osgood at Boston Univer­si­ty’s Program in Arti­sanry in the mid-1970s.

Craftsman, Educator

John Makepeace

2002 Award of Distinction Recipient

Mr. Make­peace’s award was presented June 7, 2002 by his colleague Chris Rose, teacher at the John Make­peace School for Furni­ture at Parnham House, Dorset, England from 1984 – 1988.

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Craftsman, Educator

Wendell Castle (1932 – 2018)

2001 Award of Distinction Recipient

Mr. Castle’s award was presented March 16, 2001 by Garry Knox Bennett, artist and ACC Fellow.

Tage Frid
Craftsman, Educator, Author

Tage Frid (1915 – 2004)

2001 Award of Distinction Recipient

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.

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Crafts­man, Educa­tor, Author

James Krenov (1920 – 2009)

2001 Award of Distinction Recipient

Mr. Krenov’s award was presented on March 16, 2001 by Peter Korn, Direc­tor of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.

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Craftsman

Sam Maloof (1916 – 2009)

2001 Award of Distinction Recipient

Mr. Maloof’s award was presented March 16, 2001 by Jonathan Fair­banks, former curator of Amer­i­can Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.