Jane Lackey, a former resident of Cleveland and a 1966 graduate of Bradley Central High School, has been honored as a recipient of a prestigious 2014 American Craft Council Award and will be inducted into the American Craft Council College of Fellows.
Recipients of this year’s awards will be featured in the October/November issue of American Craft magazine and in a series of public educational programming which will be held in conjunction with the awards celebration.
Currently, Lackey lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the daughter of Cleveland business owner Rinehart Lackey and the late Carl Lackey. When Lackey first learned about being honored as a recipient of the American Craft Council Award, she said she was very honored to become a Fellow.
“The American Craft Council College of Fellows includes many artists working in the field of crafts that I greatly admire,” Lackey said.
She has been an artist and educator for more than 30 years. Lackey was a professor at Kansas City Art Institute followed by artist-in-residence. She was also head of graduate studies in fiber at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her work has been recognized and exhibited both nationally and internationally.
She said it took a few years of college before she realized she wanted to fully pursue art. However, she added, “several teachers (in high school) — Warnie Finnell and Inez Clemmer in particular — encouraged me to think creatively and independently and to be a disciplined, hard worker. I often think of the spark each one of them brought to the classroom and to me individually.”
Lackey said her advice to those who are inspired to pursue the arts would be to follow your inspiration with an open and curious mind. “Never be afraid to try and fail,” she said. “Every good artist learns a lot from mistakes.”
She talked about the many opportunities in Tennessee to study art and the skills of craft. “Mostly,” she said, “it takes desire, perseverance and belief in your own capabilities.”
The 2014 American Craft Council awards will be celebrated in New York on Nov. 15 at the Museum of Arts and Design on Columbus Circle. The American Craft Council Awards are presented biennially to honor those who have demonstrated outstanding artistic achievement, leadership, and service in the field of craft.
Since 1975, the Council has bestowed the title of Fellow to artists and individuals nominated and elected by their peers. Those elected have demonstrated extraordinary artistic ability and must have worked for 25 years or more in the discipline or career in which they are recognized.