2016 Artist Awards

Best in Show 1st Place: $1500 - Kim Caisse (Mixed Media), Hannibal MO

Best in Show 2nd Place: $1300 - Meghan Tippy Reese (Jewelry), Pawnee IL

Best in Show 3rd Place: $1000 - Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti (Ceramics), Duluth MN

Category Winners: $750 each**

  • Best New Artist - Kerry Christian (Metal), Champlin MN
  • Acrylic - Frosty Rankin, Millersburg KY
  • Ceramics - Reiko Cunningham, West Des Moines IA
  • Drawing - Barbara Mason, Frisco TX
  • Fiber - Kate Strong, Chicago IL
  • Glass - Chris McCarthy, St. Louis MO
  • Jewelry - Hanan Ingel, Berkeley CA
  • Metal - Cliff Matyszczyk, Wales WI
  • Mixed Media - Kate Tillman, Lakeville IN
  • Oil - Mary Jane Frey, Taylorville IL
  • Other - Kim and Katherine Mclelland (Scrimshaw), Galena OH
  • Photography - Paul Meddaugh, Madison WI
  • Printmaking - Ken Swanson, Racine, WI
  • Sculpture - Chris Hildenbrandt, Louisville KY
  • Wood - Craig Lossing, Lino Lakes MN

** The artists receiving a category award must have the majority of his/her work in that particular category. Artists receiving category awards are not eligible for merit awards. A category award will not be awarded if there are fewer than five exhibiting artists in that category.

Awards of Merit: $500 each (between 1-5 merit awards may be awarded each year)
1. Tom Clements (Photography), Thompsons Station TN
2. Richard Dutton (Watercolor), Hallsville MO
3. Carolina Niebres (Ceramics), Prescott WI
4. Pat Rued (Fibers), Deerfield IL
5. Carrie Wild (Mixed Media), Indianapolis IN

Children's Tent 1st Place: $500 - Kim and Katherine McClelland, Scrimshaw, Galena OH
Children's Tent 2nd Place: $400 - Steven Martin, Carterville IL
Children's Tent 3rd Place: $300 - Richard Dutton, Watercolor, Hallsville MO

Civic Purchase - Kathleen Lapso (Metal), North Royalton OH

All Fair winners (not including the Civic Purchase) are exempt from jurying into the next year's Fair and will automatically be invited to return.