Honors and Awards

1984: Fellow, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin
1984: Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, Lakeland College, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
1989: Fellow, Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Madison, Wisconsin
1989-2019: Member, Museum Council, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1990: Member, Honorary Board, James Renwick Alliance, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1990-2019: Honorary Member of the Council, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
1990: Advisory board member SPACES Archive, Los Angeles
1992: Honorary Fellow, American Craft Council, New York, New York
1992: Friends of Education Award, Phi Delta Kappa, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
1997: Governor’s Award for the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin
1997: Good Citizenship Award, Sheboygan Rotary Club, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
1999: Visionary Award, American Craft Museum, New York, New York
2000: Smith Medal, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
2000: Honorary Doctorate, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2002: Lifetime Achievement Award, Fourth International Cast Iron Conference, Princeton, New Jersey (premiere awardee)
2005: Honorary Doctorate, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Wisconsin
2007: Wisconsin Visual Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, a consortium of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, the Wisconsin Painter & Sculptors/Wisconsin Artists in All Media, and the Museum of Wisconsin Art
2007: Honorary Doctorate, Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin
2015: American Folk Art Museum Visionary Award
2016: Alverno College Ambassador Award

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