• Mineck Fellowship: Awarding 'Young-in-Career' furniture makers

    Mineck Fellowship: Awarding 'Young-in-Career' furniture makers

    Vivan Beer, 2013 Mineck Fellow, Streamline Series

Mineck Fellowship

The John D. Mineck Foundation was formed in 2007 to award charitable and educational gifts reflecting John D. Mineck’s interests and values. John was a past President of the Society of Arts and Crafts Board of Trustees and a beloved member of Boston’s cultural community. He was a friend to everyone he met and it was always important to him to stay in touch with new and old friends alike — reaching out, offering to help, being supportive and engaged.

The Furniture Fellowship developed from John’s love for making fine furniture and the skill, passion, and dedication exhibited by those in the field. In an effort to support the craft that John loved and the people who make it, the John D. Mineck Foundation created this Fellowship to encourage and support a young-in-career furniture artist with the financial assistance to help them succeed in their journey. Through the generosity of the Foundation, we are able to award $25,000 annually to an artist who demonstrates skill and commitment to their craft.

Our past winners are Will Tracey (2009), Libby Schrum (2010), Bart Niswonger (2011), Nick Hollibaugh (2012), Vivian Beer (2013), Kimberly Winkle (2014), Sarah Marriage (2015), and Annie Evelyn (2016).
 
This cohort represents the qualities John appreciated in the field: talent in making, exploration and growth of new ideas, and the importance of a community that supports each other. Their work demonstrates the possibilities in making — a variety of techniques, design aesthetics, and functional forms.

The Society of Arts and Crafts would like to extend our gratitude to the John D. Mineck Foundation for making this Fellowship a possibility.

Application period will open on June 1, 2017, with a deadline to apply by August 1. The 2017 winner will be named on September 1. Please write to Associate Curator Luiza deCamargo, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Annie Evelyn (2016)

Annie Evelyn (2016)

Using furniture’s inherent interactive qualities and relationships to the human body, Evelyn sets out to invent new and surprising tactile experiences.

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Sarah Marriage (2015)

Sarah Marriage (2015)

Sarah is using her Mineck funding to support the creation of A Workshop of Our Own, a space where women furniture makers can come together in a supportive environment.

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Kimberly Winkle (2014)

Kimberly Winkle (2014)

Winkle is a maker who creates furniture and objects using wood and paint; her work displays a balance of form, color and surface pattern.

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Vivian Beer (2013)

Vivian Beer (2013)

Vivian Beer is a furniture designer/maker based in New England, where her studio, Vivian Beer Studio Works, is celebrating its tenth year.

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Nick Hollibaugh (2012)

Nick Hollibaugh (2012)

Nick Hollibaugh 2012
Bart Niswonger (2011)

Bart Niswonger (2011)

Bart designs and builds furniture that explores the balanced interaction of form and surface; invites both visual and tactile interaction; and references tradition while exploiting modern finishing techniques.

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Libby Schrum (2010)

Libby Schrum (2010)

As a transplant to New England, Libby has developed an aesthetic that marries her passion for the modern with her reverence for the tradition of craft.

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Will Tracey (2009)

Will Tracey (2009)

Will's latest work is largely improvisational in nature. Objects evolve as they are being made, drawing inspiration from architectural fragments, from foundry patterns, from history, and from home

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