Artists 12-7-2011

There are several items of general interest below: National Design Awards 2012 nominations are now open, Humanities Montana is looking for nominations for Humanities Heroes, apply for Fellowship, Book Subvention, Major Grants from Humanities Montana, and the 49th Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts in Lake Oswego Oregon will present a Furniture Design Invitational and they are looking for nominations for designers and artists
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Beck McLaughlin Education & Web Services Director Montana Arts Council PO Box 202201 Helena, MT 59620-2201 406-444-6522 Arts in Education Hotline 800-282-3092
National Design Awards 2012 Nominations
Nomination Deadline: December 15, 2011
A B O U T   T H E   A W A R D S
The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announces the thirteenth annual National Design Awards honoring lasting achievement in American design. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. The Awards program celebrates design in various disciplines as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives.
A W A R D   C A T E G O R I E S
Reflecting the ever-growing scope of design, the National Design Awards now include ten award categories:
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Design Mind
  • Corporate and Institutional Achievement
  • Architecture Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Product Design 
S E L E C T I O N   P R O C E S S 
Nominations are solicited from leading designers, educators, journalists, cultural figures, corporate leaders, and design enthusiasts from across the country. Once nominations close, the Museum contacts nominees with instructions for the registration and submission process. The jury, consisting of prominent design leaders, reviews all completed submissions and selects the award honorees. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Smithsonian Institution Trustees and staff do not serve on the jury, nor will award sponsors. The awards will be bestowed at a gala ceremony in fall 2012.  
Eligibility is restricted to citizens or long-term residents of the United States and corporations or institutions that are headquartered in the country. Nominees must have been practicing professionally for a minimum of seven years. Museum employees and trustees and their families are not eligible. Awards are given for a body of realized work, not for any specific project.
Questions? Please contact the National Design Awards at or (212) 849-8337.  
Humanities Montana is seeking nominations for Humanities Heroes, to be recognized throughout 2012 as the nonprofit organization celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Humanities Heroes are individuals who have excelled in their support of the humanities in Montana. Support can take the form of presenting engaging programs, hosting humanities events, composing important books and articles about humanities topics, donating funds to sustain humanities work, and more. Humanities Montana especially encourages nominations for youth and young adults. (Note: Recipients of the Governor’s Humanities Award are not eligible for this recognition.)
To nominate an individual, submit a letter summarizing the individual’s contributions to or 311 Brantly, Missoula, MT, 59812. Please include contact information for the nominated individual, since Humanities Montana will contact each nominee to be sure s/he would appreciate this recognition. The deadline for nominations is December 16, 2011.
Apply for Fellowship, Book Subvention, Major Grants
The next deadline for major, fellowship, and book subvention grants is December 20. Humanities Montana is especially interested in proposals focused on the 40th anniversary of the Montana Constitution and the 150th anniversary of Montana Territory. Full information on grant guidelines and deadlines is available at Grants.
The 49th Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts in Lake Oswego Oregon will present a Furniture Design Invitational as the feature exhibition of the Arts Festival to be held June 22, 23 and 24 2012.  The Invitational will feature the studio furniture and lighting design work of forty-five (45) contemporary studio furniture makers from the Pacific Northwest and other furniture-making hot spots in the United States.
In addition, the Invitational will exhibit notable and influential studio pieces from designers of the 20th Century.  Nominations of designers and artists who should be considered for the Invitational can be submitted to Linda Leigh Paul at until February 1st 2012.
All interested furniture makers and artists are encouraged to submit low res images of work to Linda Leigh Paul at for a supporting exhibition in a Pop-Up Gallery in the city center of Lake Oswego. The Pop-Up Gallery will be open beginning May 1st and run through June 30, with a possible extension to July 15th.
Your knowledge of local, regional and national up-and-coming studio furniture designers would help conclude a thorough search, particularly regionally, for Invitees for the exhibition.
Artists 12-7-2011

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