Whitney Forsyth Awarded "Best of Show" at Visionmakers Exhibition

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Forsyth CrowsTU Associate Professor of Art, Whitney Forsyth was awarded Best of Show at this year's VisionMakers Exhibition.

This exhibition has been showcasing the work of Oklahoma fine craft artists for over twenty two years. 1988 was the show’s inaugural year, organized under the auspices of the Oklahoma Arts Council and its visionary director, Betty Price. Premiering both at Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum and Oklahoma City’s Kirkpatrick Center, it included Philbrook’s Director Marcia Manhart as juror.  Solely in Tulsa the next year, VisionMakers was held at the Bank of Oklahoma Tower. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) then assumed sponsorship of VisionMakers and held the next 16 exhibitions in various venues throughout the state.

It is with great pleasure that twenty-two years later, the Brady Craft Alliance returns VisionMakers to Tulsa. The exhibition will be on display at the Living Arts Gallery September 3 - 30.

This year’s curator is Jeannine Falino, Curator from the New York Museum of Art and Design. She is extremely well respected in the field, and is considered an authority on craft. Currently, Ms. Falino is preparing a touring exhibition on mid-twentieth-century craft in all media, entitled Making it Real: American Studio Movement 1945-1969. Falino lectures extensively on 20th century studio crafts and on silver and jewelry from the colonial era to present. She was also the lead author and editor for Silver of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Vol. 3 (2008); a co-curator for Artistic Luxury: Fabergé – Tiffany – Lalique (Cleveland Museum of Art, 2008), and curator for Edge of the Sublime: Enamels by Jamie Bennett, (Fuller Craft Museum, 2008).

Mary Whitney