Excellence in Craft Award winners

The Excellence in Craft Award was initiated in 1971 to honor an OWAA member “for outstanding effort in upholding the OWAA Creed and continued excellence in craft.” Recipients are selected by past Excellence in Craft Award recipients. Before making a final selection, the selection committee consults with both the Awards Committee chair and the immediate past president.

PAST WINNERS

1972 – C.B. “Bill” Colby* 
1973 – L.A. Wilke* 
1974 – Frank Woolner* 
1975 – Homer Circle* 
1976 – C. Herb Williams
1977 – Charles F. Waterman* 
1978 – John B. Madson* 
1979 – Roger Latham* 
1980 – Joel M. Vance
1981 – Erwin A. Bauer* 
1982 – Charley Dickey* 
1983 – George Laycock* 
1984 – Maynard Reece
1985 – Bill McRae
1986 – Patrick McManus*
1987 – Leonard Lee Rue III
1988 – Charles N. Elliott* 
1989 – Norman M. Strung* 
1990 – George Reiger
1991 – Mark J. Sosin
1992 – Edward G. Zern* 
1993 – Gene Hill* 
1994 – Nick Lyons
1995 – Bob Brister*
1996 – John A. Barsness 

1997 – Curt Gowdy* 
1998 – Grits Gresham* 
1999 – M.R. James
2000 – Joan Salvato Wulff
2001 – Jack Samson* 
2002 – Nash Buckingham* 
2003 – David J. Richey* 
2004 – C. Boyd Pfeiffer
2005 – Tom Huggler
2006 – Chris Madson
2007 – D.E. “Babe” Winkelman
2008 – Jerry Gibbs
2009 – Jay Cassell
2010 – Glen Lau
2011 – Ron Schara
2012 – Thayne Smith
2013 – Glenn Sapir
2014 – Brent Frazee
2015 – Tim Christie
2016 – W. Glenn Titus
2017 – Bruce Cochran
2018 – Ben Moyer
2019 – Dan Small
2020  Guy Coheleach
2021 – Tom Stienstra

OWAA’s annual Excellence in Craft (EIC) Contest allows the association’s members to enter their best works from the previous year. There are multiple categories for various media and subject matter and each category is judged by an independent and expert panel. Winners are announced during the annual conference, where certificates and cash prizes are awarded.

The entry process for the EIC Contest begins in mid-November and is managed by OWAA Supporting Group, Submittable.com.  The final book deadline is in early December, while all other submissions should meet the deadline of Jan. 31Click here for complete guidelines and to apply.

Learn about OWAA’s other contests and awards.

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