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UWRF’s Randy Johnston Receives Distinguished Educators AwardRandy Johnston

March 19, 2010-- University of Wisconsin-River Falls Art Professor Randy J. Johnston will receive a Distinguished Educators Award for 2010 by The James Renwick Alliance (JRA).

Johnston will be presented with the award on April 25 as part of the JRA’s annual Spring Craft Weekend program, “The Future of Craft,” in Washington DC. Other Spring Craft Weekend events include an evening reception, gala celebration and auction.

Also receiving the award are Professor Mark S. Sfirri, Bucks County Community College and Coordinator of the Fine Woodworking Program, Newtown, Pa; and, Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Japanese Studies, University of California at Berkeley and President, World Shibori Network, Berkeley, Calif.

“These distinguished artist/educators mentor young artists in the techniques of their craft while fostering innovation by their students.  They publish scholarly work on the techniques of their medium, including its history and prominent practitioners,” according to a JRA news release.

The awardees, who are also noted artists, will participate in a JRA Spring Craft Weekend symposium on “How Craft Makes Its Way into the World,” on April 24 moderated by Paul Greenhalgh, president and director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, with a panel consisting of Designer David Yurman, founder of David Yurman Design; Robert Devers, coordinator of Ceramics for the Corcoran; and Tamara Laird, associate faculty member of the Corcoran. 

The JRA, a non-profit arts organization, is an alliance of prominent artists, collectors, and galleries devoted to promoting the cause of American craft art.  The JRA provides support to the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

For more information about Spring Craft Weekend 2010 events and event tickets, visit http://www.jra.org, call 301-907-3888, or e-mail the JRA at admin@jra.org. Visit http://www.craftweekdc.com for information on these and other craft-related events in Washington, DC during the week of April 19–25.


Randy J. Johnston has taught ceramics for more than 37 years. A professor at UWRF for 16 years, he is a dedicated teacher who encourages a broad education, innovation, and experimentation by his students. Johnston is also recognized internationally as an artist who has pursued functional expression and brought a fresh aesthetic vision to contemporary form, and for his many contributions to the development of wood kiln technology in the United States. He received his MFA from Southern Illinois University and a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota where he studied with Warren MacKenzie. He also studied in Japan at the pottery of Shimaoka Tatsuzo who was a student of Shoji Hamada. Johnston’s work is exhibited internationally and he is the recipient of numerous awards.  His work is in numerous international public and private collections, including the Victoria and Albert, London, and Boston Museum of Fine Arts.


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