An exhibit in Randall Library's Sherman Hayes Gallery honors 30 years of hand crafts in North Carolina.
NCLT: A Look Back on 30 Years of Craft is a retrospective of artisans who have received the North Carolina Living Treasures designation by the UNCW Museum of World Cultures. This recognition celebrates the value of artists and their craft, as well as their contributions to education and society. Since its beginning, the biannual honor has recognized boatwrights, potters, luthiers, marqueters, blacksmiths, gunsmiths, weavers, glass artisans, and bookbinders, to name a few. These craft artists reflect talents developed over decades of study and work, attaining the highest levels of achievement in their respective fields.
The North Carolina Living Treasures Award is made possible by an endowment to UNCW from Martin Meyerson, M.D. in memory of his mother, Dorothy Meyerson. It was originally conceived by UNCW faculty member Dr. Gerald "Jerry" Shinn, who coordinated the process until he retired and moved from Wilmington.
This retrospective at Randall showcases 13 original pieces from the Library's permanent collection, including two large objects from artists who have the distinction of winning the National Living Treasures Award.
NCLT: A Look Back on 30 Years of Craft will be on display through March 2017.