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Awards

Congratulations to the 2017 Fourth Street Festival Award Winners:

Best in Show: Michael Weber, Painting

1st in 3D: Jack Pine, Glass
2nd in 3D: Larry Spears, Functional Clay
3rd in 3D: Adam Cromwell, Wood

1st in 2D: Karin Connolly, Photography
2nd in 2D: Alan Sievers, Glass
3rd in 2D: Robin Lauersdorf, Drawing

Honorable Mention:
Jeff and Judy Goodwin, Jewelry
Jeri Vitello, Fiber
Oscar Mantos Linares, Photography

Special Awards:
Barb Bihler Award for Functional Pottery: Cathra-Anne Barker
Alice San Pietro Award for Painting: Carrie Wild
Jim Kemp Award for Craftsmanship: Larry Spear

 

Barb Bihler

Barb Bihler Functional Potter Award

The 4th Street organization wishes to recognize Bloomington's strong tradition and community of ceramic artists of which Barb was a very important part. 

This award to a functional potter is sponsored by the committee in memory of Barb Bihler who died in January of 1999.    

Barb was an important person of influence in the Bloomington arts and crafts scene. Her valuable work and encouragement for others continues to affect those that knew her. 

A talented potter, Barb did much to promote ceramics in the area, including the Soup Bowl Benefit and Local Clay, and affliation with The Gallery. 

Her service on the 4th Street Committee helped to make the fair a fine show for both exhibitors and patrons. She will be missed.  

Past Award Winners:

2017 Cathra-Anne Barker
2016 Cathra-Anne Barker
2015 Amelia Stamps

2014 Jeff Unzicker

2013 Steve Cunningham
2012 Larry Spears
2011 Michael Frasca
2010 Jeff Unzicker

2009 Amelia Stamps

2008 Cathra-Anne Barker

2007 Paul Jeselskis

2006 Sandi Finney

2005 Ruth Conway

2004 Greg Schatz
2003 Elliot S.Myers

2002 Michael Schwegmann

2001 John Peterson

2000 Larry Spears

1999 Thomas Unzicker

 

Jim Kemp Craftsmanship Award  Kim Kemp

Throughout more than 35 years as a ceramic artist, Greenwoods Jim Kemp never let the acclaim of the public or the praise of the judges cloud his humble view of his art.

Its all practice,he would say whenever someone commented on the artistic quality of his work the colorful, imaginative platters, teapots, vases, bowls and flight-of-fantasycreations he spun on the wheel in his Greenwood studio.

At the time of his death from a heart attack in November 2013 at the age of 58, Kemp had work displayed in the homes of collectors and in art exhibits around the nation, but the ribbons and awards presented to him by judges throughout his career were hung on nails in the back of his closetbehind his work clothes.

Kemp also was known for sharing his knowledge with his peers, particularly beginning potters hoping to follow him into full-time careers in art.

Over Labor Day weekend, the Jim Kemp Memorial Fund” — a not-for-profit, tax-exempt fund launched in July by the Kemp family and the pottersguild will present its first Jim Kemp Craftsmanship Awardat Bloomingtons annual 4th Street Art Fair.

Past Award Winners:

2017 Larry Spear
2016 ​​​Ivy Solomon
2015 Taylor Mazor 

 

Alice San Pietro Award

Alice San Pietro FloralIn memory of Alice San Pietro, a well known Bloomington watercolorist, her family generously sponsors The Alice San Pietro Award for excellence in watercolor.

Past Award Winners:

2017 Carrie Wild
2016 Dawn Adams
2015 Dawn Adams
2014 Cathy Hillegas
2013 Michael Weber
2012 Andrew Van Shynol
2011 Bonnie Gordon Lucas