Award Winners 2016 40th Annual 4th Street Festival
Best in Show Michael Weber, Painting
1st in 2D Daniel Powers, Photography
2nd in 2D Elizabeth Busey, Printmaking
3rd in 2D Vladimir Ovtcharov, Painting
Honorable mention Daniela Ovtcharov, Painting
1st in 3D Pat Kroth, Fiber
2nd in 3D Lance and Vicki Munn, Wood
3rd in 3D Larry Spears, Ceramics
Honorable mention Deborah Barnes, Jewelry
Alice San Pietro Dawn Adams, Painting
Jim Kemp Ivy Solomon, Jewelry
Barb Bihler Cathra-Anne Barker, Ceramics
The 4th Street organization wishes to recognize Bloomington's strong tradition and community of ceramic artists of which Barb was a very important part.
This award to a functional potter is sponsored by the committee in memory of Barb Bihler who died in January of 1999.
Barb was an important person of influence in the Bloomington arts and crafts scene. Her valuable work and encouragement for others continues to affect those that knew her.
A talented potter, Barb did much to promote ceramics in the area, including the Soup Bowl Benefit and Local Clay, and affliation with The Gallery.
Her service on the 4th Street Committee helped to make the fair a fine show for both exhibitors and patrons. She will be missed.
2016 Cathra-Anne Barker
2015 Amelia Stamps
2014 Jeff Unzicker
2013 Steve Cunningham
2012 Larry Spears
2011 Michael Frasca
2010 Jeff Unzicker
2009 Amelia Stamps
2008 Cathra-Anne Barker
2007 Paul Jeselskis
2006 Sandi Finney
2005 Ruth Conway
2004 Greg Schatz
2003 Elliot S.Myers
2002 Michael Schwegmann
2001 John Peterson
2000 Larry Spears
1999 Thomas Unzicker
Throughout more than 35 years as a ceramic artist, Greenwood’s Jim Kemp never let the acclaim of the public or the praise of the judges cloud his humble view of his art.
“It’s all practice,” he would say whenever someone commented on the artistic quality of his work — the colorful, imaginative platters, teapots, vases, bowls and “flight-of-fantasy” creations he spun on the wheel in his Greenwood studio.
At the time of his death from a heart attack in November 2013 at the age of 58, Kemp had work displayed in the homes of collectors and in art exhibits around the nation, but the ribbons and awards presented to him by judges throughout his career were hung on nails in the back of his closet — behind his work clothes.
Kemp also was known for sharing his knowledge with his peers, particularly beginning potters hoping to follow him into full-time careers in art.
Over Labor Day weekend, the “Jim Kemp Memorial Fund” — a not-for-profit, tax-exempt fund launched in July by the Kemp family and the potters’ guild — will present its first “Jim Kemp Craftsmanship Award” at Bloomington’s annual 4th Street Art Fair.
2016 Ivy Solomon, Jewelry
2015 Award Winner Taylor Mazor
In memory of Alice San Pietro, a well known Bloomington watercolorist, her family generously sponsors The Alice San Pietro Award for excellence in watercolor.
Past Award Winners:
2016 Dawn Adams
2015 Dawn Adams
2014 Cathy Hillegas
2013 Michael Weber
2012 Andrew Van Shynol
2011 Bonnie Gordon Lucas
. . . was created in 1977 by Bloomington, Indiana area artists and craftspeople to showcase southern Indiana talent. The fair has grown to include artists from all over the country.
The 2017 Festival will be held September 2 & 3.
10:00am to 6:00pm Saturday
10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday
Admission is FREE!