Niche Magazine Announces Finalists for Fine Craft Competition

NICHE Magazine announced the finalists for its 2011 NICHE
Awards
program. The trade publication for retailers of American and Canadian
craft annually recognizes excellence and innovation in North American craft.

In the professional division, judging is based on technical
excellence in surface design and form, market viability, and quality of unique,
original, and creative thought.

The professional division was judged by Paige Riley, owner
of Hillyer House in Ocean Springs, Miss.; Diane Shelly, executive director of
the Florida Craftsmen in St. Petersburg; David W. Cochran, CEO and president of
Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America in Attleboro Falls, Mass.;
Tara Gentile, editor of the blog Scoutie Girl; Cheryl Hartley, general manager
of Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia gallery in Beckley; and Oanh Nguyen,
president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA).

Students, meanwhile, who are enrolled in North American
undergraduate, graduate, and certificate arts programs are also honored through
the Niche Magazine’s Student Awards program. These finalists are selected by
the editors of NICHE and AmericanStyle magazines and by the staff of the
Buyers Market of American Craft.

Out of the professional division and student division,
jurors selected 230 finalists out of almost 1,600 entries; see the list of
professional and students finalists posted online.

All finalists may display their work in the NICHE Awards
exhibit at the Buyers Market of American Craft, held Feb. 18–21 at the
Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Finalists in the professional
division will be featured in the Winter 2011 issue of NICHE. Award
winners will be announced during the Buyers Market at a ceremony on Friday,
Feb. 18, and will be featured in the Spring 2011 issue of NICHE magazine, which
is owned by the Rosen Group, a Baltimore-based arts marketing, publishing, and
advocacy firm.