The Arkansas Arts Council is seeking nominations for the 2016 Arkansas Living Treasure award.
The Arkansas Living Treasure program annually recognizes an Arkansas artist who excels in the creation of a traditional craft and who actively preserves and advances his or her craft through community outreach and educating others. An independent panel of practicing craft artists and professionals in the fields of craft and folk art will select the recipient based on the following criteria: quality of work, community outreach and total contribution to the field of traditional crafts.
The 2015 Arkansas Living Treasure is Lorrie Popow of Hot Springs. Lorrie is a pysanky egg artist who has been practicing her craft for 50 years. She has earned the International Egg Art Guild Master Level in pysanky and filigree egg art. Her work was displayed at the White House Visitor’s Center in 2005. Today, Lorrie’s work is displayed at the Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago.
Eligible artists work in a traditional craft form such as basket weaving, bladesmithing, glassblowing, broom making, doll making, leatherwork, metalsmithing, musical instrument making, pottery, quilt making, toy making, weaving, woodcarving or other functional crafts.
Nominees might have exhibited their work at a local and/or national level, taught, lectured or written about their craft as their contribution in maintaining and advancing the art form.
A nominee must be a craft artist who is a current resident of Arkansas and has lived in the state for at least one year at the time of nomination. He or she is worthy of statewide recognition for artistic excellence in his or her craft, and has participated in the community by promoting, preserving and teaching the craft.
Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 6. For more information, click here.
Past Arkansas Living Treasures
2002 Bea Stebbing, stained glass, Siloam Springs 2003 Irma Gail Hatcher, quilter, Conway
2004 Violet Hensley, fiddle maker, Yellville
2005 Leon Niehues, basket maker, Huntsville
2006 Larry Williams, traditional wooden hand planes, Eureka Springs
2007 James R. Cook, bladesmith, Nashville
2008 Robyn Horn, wood sculptor, Little Rock
2009 Doug Stowe, wood worker, Eureka Springs
2010 Peter Lippincott, potter, Fort Smith
2011 Winston Taylor, potter, Russellville
2012 Jim Larkin, potter, Hot Springs
2013 Dallas Bump, chair maker, Royal
2014 Robert Runyan, log cabin construction, Winslow
2015 Lorrie Popow, pysanky egg artist, Hot Springs