2003 NICHE Award Winner
Sarmite Svilis and Daiga Henson
have been selected as a winner for a NICHE Award for the piece entitled Norwegian Fjords in the category of Fiber-Surface Design.
The NICHE Awards program began in 1990 to recognize the outstanding creative achievements of American craft artists who produce work for craft galleries and retail stores. Judging criteria are based on three main distinct criteria:
technical excellence and creativity in both surface design and form
a distinct quality of unique and original thought
Winners of the NICHE Awards were announced at a ceremony during the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft on February 16, 2003. Only 142 artists, out of approximately 1,100 entries submitted by some of the nation's most brilliant and innovative artists in every media, were named as finalist for a NICHE Award. The Awards are sponsored by Niche Magazine, the exclusive trade publication for North American retailers of American crafts.