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Smithsonian American Art Museum Video Wins First Prize at MUSE Awards

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The Art of Craft: Wood, a video created by theRenwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and VideoArt Productions, won first prize in the "Films and Videos about Art" category at the American Association of Museum's MUSE Awards on May 15th.

A six-minute piece focusing on North Carolina wood turner Stoney Lamar, the video includes close-up footage of the sculptor at work in his studio, intercut with commentary by the artist and Kenneth Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery. Criteria for judging the award include subject matter, treatment, importance of subject, timeliness and production values. The Art of Craft: Wood previously won a World Medal at the New York Festivals in February.

"Using the words and work of a major American artist such as Lamar, we were able to provide the American people with a sense of the creative process involved in producing some of the most treasured works in our permanent collection. We are so proud to be recognized for these efforts," said Trapp.

The Art of Craft: Wood is a prototype for a series of five short programs demonstrating not only the process and techniques that artists employ, but also the inspiration and the spirit behind their work. Each will focus on a different medium and an artist who works within that medium.

The video was funded by the James Renwick Alliance with additional support from the Bresler Family Foundation.

VideoArt Productions is a leading video production firm in Washington, D.C. that has won numerous awards for creative excellence. The company has produced videos for institutions nationwide, including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Amon Carter Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum is dedicated to exhibiting American crafts from the 19th to the 21st centuries. The Renwick is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street, near the Farragut North (Red line) and Farragut West (Blue and Orange lines) Metrorail stations. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Recorded information: (202) 633-8998. Smithsonian Visitor Information: (202) 357-2700 (voice); (202) 357-1729 (TTY); (202) 633-9126 (Spanish).