Artisans Center of Virginia

  Award for Excellence

The Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV) awards distinguish outstanding achievement by artisans, organizations and/or individuals who support and work for the advancement of Virginia’s Artisan Culture. The award recognizes those committed to excellence who are enriching and contributing to the quality of life and economic prosperity of their communities and the sustainability of Virginia’s Artisan Industry for generations yet to come.

Application consideration is a rolling process with awards presented at ACV’s biennial statewide artisan conference.


The Artisans Center of Virginia Award for Excellence distinguishes outstanding achievement by Virginia artisans, organizations or individuals who support and encourage growth and sustainability of the artisan movement in the Commonwealth. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the commitment to excellence that exists within Virginia and to recognize how this unique creative community enriches and contributes to the quality of life and the economic strength of our state.

•Peggy Baggett, Executive Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts

•Woody Crenshaw, Former Board President of ‘Round the Mountain

•Steve Galyean, Director of Development, Virginia Tourism Corporation

•Doug Jackon, Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development

•Maureen Kelly, Economic Develoment & Tourism Director, Nelson County

•Ann Mallek, Supervisor, Albemarle County


Artisans Center of Virginia Juried Master Artisans having attained a high the level of experience and professional recognition, the works produced by artisans considered for master distinction demonstrate extreme excellence in both design and craftsmanship with a total competency and control of their medium. Additionally, community involvement through education and mentorship additionally define the role of the Master Artisan as each seeks to pass on their talent and/or trade to the next generation. In addition to perpetuating their trade to future generations and preserving their stylistically unique contributions to Virginia’s artisan culture and heritage, each becomes an Artisans Center of Virginia endorsed resource for information and technical expertise in their field.

Janice Arone, Charlottesville, VA

Ninni Baeckstrom, Charlottesville, VA

Trew Bennett, Faber, VA

•Betty Branch, Roanoke, VA

Chuck Brome, Bentonville, VA

Robin Cage, Richmond, VA

Lynn HIlton Conyers, Lundhurst, VA

Kevin Crowe, Amherst, VA

Cara DiMassimo, Charlottesville, VA

Nell Frederickson, Ferrum, VA

Blaise Gaston, Earlysville, VA

Pat Hoover, Bridgewater, VA

Walter Jeager, Barboursville, VA

•John Jessiman, Appomattox, VA

Peter Kramer, Washington, VA

Elizabeth Krome, Toano, VA

Judith Ligon, Harrisonburg, VA

Michael Maxwell, Bedford, VA

•Elizabeth Mears, Fairfax Station, VA

Dale Morse, Waynesboro, VA

Chuck Pinnell, Crozet, VA

Andrew Pitts, Heathsville, VA

Nol Putnam, Huntly, VA

Nancy Ross, Free Union, VA

Nan Rothwell, Charlottesville, VA

Joseph Sheridan, Waynesboro, VA

•Lynne Sward, Virginia Beach, VA

Fred Williamson, Crozet, VA


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