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Awards Announced – Iowa Crafts at the MacNider Art Museum

Best in Show award winner Joanne Alberda, of Sioux Center, Journal: A Cautionary Tale, quilted fabric

MASON CITY – The following award winners were announced at the opening reception of Iowa Crafts: 45 at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum on Saturday, November 6, at 2:30 p.m. This statewide competition was open to all artists above high school age residing in the state of Iowa. Thirty-two artworks by nineteen artists were selected for the final show. Iowa Crafts: 45 can be viewed in the Museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery through January 19, 2022.

Joanne Alberda, of Sioux Center, was given the NSB Bank Best in Show award for her quilt, Journal: A Cautionary Tale. This award grants Alberda a solo exhibition in 2022 in the Museum’s Center Space Gallery.

The Best in Clay award of $150 was given to Bill Mateer, of Sheffield, for his Soda Fired Lidded Vessel. The Juror’s Special Mention in Clay of $50 was awarded to Pamala A. Coffey, of Mason City, for her piece, Nature’s Twist.

The Best in Fiber award of $150 was given to Joanne Alberda, of Sioux Center, for her quilt, Remembering Covid. The Juror’s Special Mention in Fiber of $50 was awarded to Rebecca Abarr, of Redding, for her bark and linen piece, Quartree 1.

The Best in Metal/Wood award of $150 was given to Rob Wallace, of Ames, for his wooden vessel, EYECATCHER. The Juror’s Special Mention in Metal/Wood of $50 was given to Julienne Friday, of Forest City, for the wooden piece, Contemplation.

The Best in Other Craft Media award of $150 was given to Chris White, of Clear Lake, for her fused glass work, Portal. The Juror’s Special Mention in Other Craft Media of $50 was given to Alexis Beucler, of Mason City, for her accordion book, Butterfly Chase.

Iowa Crafts: 45 is sponsored by NSB Bank. The juror for this competition is Jeffrey Ebeling, Executive Director at the Clear Lake Art Center.

Admission to the Museum is free. Museum hours are – Tuesday and Thursday – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Sunday – Monday. For more information visit

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