Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Press Release: Yong Joo Kim Announced Winner in 2012 NICHE Awards

Artist Honored for Innovative and Creative Designs in North American Craft

March 8, 2012 (Philadelphia) — The coveted NICHE Award was presented to Yong Joo Kim in a ceremony held February 18, 2012, at the Buyers Market of American Craft. Kim’s piece Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped and Linked was selected as a winner in the Jewelry: Sculpture to Wear category.

The annual NICHE Awards ceremony, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the exclusive trade publication for independent retailers of American craft, the NICHE Awards program recognizes excellence and innovation in the U.S. and Canadian fine craft industry.

Professional and student craft artists submitted nearly 2,000 entries for the 2012 competition. In December 2011, NICHE magazine announced the 161 professional finalists and 60 student finalists, who were invited to display their work at the Buyers Market trade show.

Entries were judged on the following main criteria:
• technical excellence, both in surface design and form
• a distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought
• market viability (professional entries only)

Full lists of finalists and winners, with photos, are available at www.NICHEAwards.com. Winners will be featured in the Spring 2012 issue of NICHE magazine.

About NICHE magazine:
NICHE magazine, www.NICHEmagazine.com, is published by The Rosen Group, a Baltimore-based arts marketing, publishing and advocacy firm. The Rosen Group also publishes AmericanStyle magazine, www.AmericanStyle.com, an arts lifestyle magazine for enthusiasts, collectors and travelers, and produces the Buyers Market of American Craft www.BuyersMarketofAmericanCraft.com, the nation’s largest wholesale craft show