Spring 2024 newsletter

Member Appreciation Week

May 5–10, 2024

Member Appreciation Week kicks off with the opening reception of our 41st annual juried members’ exhibition. Celebrate our members’ artistic talents on May 5, 1 p.m.–4 p.m. at the Ohio Craft Museum. Members will receive 10% off gift shop purchases and a FREE tote bag featuring art by ODC member Cody F. Miller all week, beginning with the "Best of 2024" opening reception.

OCM Silent Auctions kick off May 5, 2024

We will once again be hosting two silent auctions in the gift shop during our “Best of 2024” exhibition. Items made and generously donated by artist members can be bid on in two auctions: May 5–31 and June 10–July 6.

News on Members

We want to hear from you! When your work is in an exhibition or featured in a publication, or you receive a commission or other professional honor, please drop us a note. We will include it in the “News on Members” section of an upcoming newsletter.

E-mail nredinger@ohiocraft.org


A digital image of yourself or your work to accompany your news item is also welcome. The deadline for the summer issue is July 1.

News on Members

What's Happening at ODC

Call for Entries

To Do

To See


Board of Trustees

2024's Outstanding

Achievement Award Winners:

Patty Mitchell & Sandra Gross

Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to two deserving women this year: Patty Mitchell, founder of Passion Works Studio in Athens, for building inclusive communities through collaborative art; and Sandra Gross, owner of Brazee Glass Design in Cincinnati, for educating and engaging the community on the beauty and transformation of glass art, while advancing sustainability and civic responsibility. They will accept their awards during the opening reception of “Best of 2024,” Sunday, May 5, at 3:00 p.m.

Meet the Award Winners

Best of 2024

Ohio Craft Museum May 5–July 6, 2024

2024 marks the 41st year of ODC's “Best of” juried members' exhibition! This year’s exhibition will showcase works by 71 artists. Juror Jacqueline S. Nathan, gallery director at Bowling Green State University from 1985 to 2022, selected 78 works in clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber and mixed media from over 300 entries. 16 artists received awards of excellence in the annual members competition.


The exhibition opens with a May 5 reception at the Ohio Craft Museum from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The awards presentation will begin at 3:00 p.m. At that time, the Ohio Designer Craftsmen Outstanding Achievement Awards will be presented to Sandra Gross and to Patty Mitchell.

After closing at the Ohio Craft Museum on July 6, selections from the exhibition will travel to the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster, where they will be on view September 21–December 28, 2024.

Best of 2024 Award Winners

Challenge Drive Contributors

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Challenge Drive and other artist awards for “Best of 2024.” Your contributions allowed us to present over $10,000 in awards and scholarships to 16 artists.

Challenge Drive Contributors

NEW! Quick Grants Program

for ODC Artists!

We are excited to announce a new initiative established by our Board of Trustees: Quick Grants for Artists! Starting July 1, we will be awarding noncompetitive grants of up to $500 to ODC member artists who are working in 2D or 3D. Grants are available until the money runs out! We'll be sending more details and a link to apply soon!

Winterfair 2024

Columbus Winterfair is currently accepting applications for artists and marketplace vendors on Zapplication.org.

Application deadline: July 1, 2024.

Columbus Winterfair Application

Functional Ceramics Recap 2024

What a fun workshop! Lisa and Mark are both known for their surface design, but both are so different in their techniques!

We are always so thankful to the Wayne Center for the Arts staff and our volunteers—Board member Charity Waugh, Brandon Knott, Matt Neff, Tim Frederich, Mark Goertzen, Cary and Stephanie Hulin. Stay tuned for 2025 details! It's going to be another good one!