Professor Named American Craft Council Fellow

Craft & Material Studies Adjunct Professor Judith Schaechter wins prestigious award for her 'extraordinary artistic ability'

May 7, 2014

Award-winning stained-glass artist Judith Schaechter, an adjunct professor in the Craft & Material Studies program, has been named a 2014 American Craft Council Fellow. This prestigious award is presented biennially to honor those who have demonstrated outstanding artistic achievement, leadership and service in the field of craft.

Schaechter is the recipient of many other fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in crafts. Her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among others.

Since 1975, the American Craft Council (AAC) has bestowed the title of Fellow to artists and individuals nominated and elected by their peers. Those elected have demonstrated extraordinary artistic ability and must have worked for 25 years or more in the discipline or career in which they are recognized.

Founded in 1943, the AAC is a national, nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft through such programs as the bi-monthly magazine American Craft, annual juried shows and the Aileen Osborn Webb Awards.

Above: "The Battle of Carnival and Lent": 17 stained-glass windows inspired by the architecture and history of the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia that were installed in the prison's skylights and arched windows in 2012.

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