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


Barb Bihler

Barb Bihler Functional Potter Award

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.  

Past Award Winners:

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


Jim Kemp Craftsmanship Award  Kim Kemp

Throughout more than 35 years as a ceramic artist, Greenwoods Jim Kemp never let the acclaim of the public or the praise of the judges cloud his humble view of his art.

Its 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-fantasycreations 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 closetbehind 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 pottersguild will present its first Jim Kemp Craftsmanship Awardat Bloomingtons annual 4th Street Art Fair.

2016 ​​​Ivy Solomon, Jewelry
2015 Award Winner Taylor Mazor 


Alice San Pietro Award

Alice San Pietro FloralIn 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