The Maine Crafts Association announces the MCA 2015 Master Craft Artist Award Recipients: Rebecca Goodale, Book Artist, Arts Administrator and Educator; and Sam Shaw, Jeweler and Sculptor, Craft Community Advocate and Leader.
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The Maine Crafts Association (MCA), a statewide non-profit organization promoting the work of Maine’s craft artists, has named book artist Rebecca Goodale of Freeport, Maine and jeweler Sam Shaw of Northeast Harbor, Maine and as the 2015 recipients of the MCA Master Craft Artist Award. Recipients are selected for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, inspired design, a singular voice or style, and a career of service to the field.
The 2015 MCA Master Craft Award process began with nominations submitted from past award recipients. The 2015 recipients were selected by Carl Little, a writer, expert, administrator and advocate of art and craft in Maine and recipient of the 2009 MCA Craft Award awarded to supporters of craft in Maine.
Rebecca Goodale has been creating innovative and sublimely-made artist’s books for many years and frequently does
collaborative work with other artists as well as public art installations. In addition to being artistically active, she is the program coordinator for the Kate Cheney Chappell ‘83 Center for Book Arts at the University of Southern Maine, where she inspires artists at all levels. Goodale’s books can be found in many institutional collections, including the Bowdoin College Library, the Maine Women Writers Collection, Library of Congress, Portland Museum of Art, State Art Museum of Hawai’i, and the Fogg Museum Fine Art Library, Harvard University. Her awards include a New Forms Regional Initiative Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts and a Mellon Grant for the Humanities at Bates College. In 1995 she was a Resident Scholar for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. Goodale teaches design and book arts for the USM Art Department.
Goodale’s current body of work consists of a series of artist’s books about the more than 200 plants and nearly 50 animals currently listed as threatened or endangered by the State of Maine. Her intention is not to become a scientific illustrator; instead, Goodale wants to inspire sensitivity for these rare flora and fauna by using her background in book arts and textile design to interpret color, pattern, rhythm, and transition.