The Arts Scene: ACCC’s honorary memberships

The Arts Consortium of Carver County’s has a policy to grant honorary memberships.  The policy specifies eligibility as follows:  An artist of any medium, born in or a current resident of Carver County, whose artistic achievements have attained national or international recognition.  Other outstanding artistic achievements may also be considered if agreed upon by the Board of Directors.

Last year, four artists were granted Honorary Life-Time Memberships.  Wildlife artist James Hautman, is a  Chanhassen resident. He won the 2011 U.S. Federal Duck Stamp contest for the fourth time since 1989!

Quilter Audree Sells of Chaska, has been honored at both the national and international levels. In 1988, “Javanese Jungle” took first place nationally and hangs in the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ken.  A year later her “Garden Pool” quilt won first place in Lancaster, Penn., and was included is a travelling quilt show throughout the U.S. and Japan.

Posthumously, the Ivan Kahle Band from Cologne was honored for being chosen to represent Minnesota in the National Mall during the Clinton Inaugural celebrations in 1993. Poet Joyce Sutphen, of Chaska, was honored by the ACCC for having just been named Minnesota’s Poet Laureate by Governor Dayton.

This year all teachers of art, music, multi-media, literature and dance/theater in Carver County schools, public & private, have been granted ACCC Honorary Membership for the duration of their employment.

The ACCC Board voted to grant these memberships to recognize the teachers’ role in introducing the arts to all students in the County.  Their encouragement and nurturing produces our future artists and art advocates. We are grateful.  These memberships also acknowledge the teachers as artists in their own right.

Richard Krogstad of St. Bonifacius was also honored because he was selected by the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program.  His paintings have been on loan in Ambassadors’ residences in Germany, Micronesia and Burma. Get to know Richard.  Read his profile to the right.

Barb Hone is a member of the Arts Consortium of Carver County Board.