This award is bestowed on a member who has given great service to the organization as well as displaying great talent.
This is a once in a lifetime honor which is awarded to a member of JWS who has served JWS in other capacities, as well as entering JWS juried shows and winning awards.
This is not a monetary award. It is a way of thanking those who have contributed their time and energy to keep the organization going and growing. The candidates must be good artists who have donated their time to help the board by accepting a position on the board, chairing shows, chairing committees or giving service to JWS .
The Artist of the Year Award consists of a special show of the artist's work, a plaque expressing the gratitude of JWS, and a unique lapel pin.
The honoree will have a one person show in a separate gallery during the Spring Show and will receive their pin, plaque and award at the opening Reception of the Spring Show.
In 2016, the Board of Directors reviewed the original guidelines and processes for AOTY which were in place from 1997 through 2003, updated and approved them for 2016 AOTY. The guidelines and information form for potential AOTY candidates are available at AOTY Guidelines.
Click on the names above to see more about the honorees.