December 15, 2015
Durham, NC, Based Fiber Artist Christine Hager-Braun
Named a 2016 NICHE Awards Finalist
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Christine Hager-Braun 919-358-2159
Photos: available on request
Artist Christine Hager-Braun of Durham, North Carolina has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 NICHE Awards for the pieces “Walls of Depression” in the category Fiber: Decorative, and for “Wide Open Spaces: Sunset #2” and “Wide Open Spaces: Lavender Fields #5” in the category Fiber: Art Quilts.
Only 180 entries out of more than 1600 submissions were named finalists in this year’s competition. The awards program is sponsored by NICHE magazine, an exclusive trade publication for independent retailers of fine crafts.
The NICHE Awards program began in 1989 to recognize the outstanding creative achievements of American craft artists who produce work for craft galleries and retail stores. Judging is based on three main criteria: (1) Technical excellence, both in surface design and form, (2) market viability and (3) a distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought.
Christine Hager-Braun works in the art quilt medium. Art quilts are part of the fiber art fields of highly collectable work. These quilts are meant to hang on the wall like oil or water color paintings. The quilted surface, however, brings a dimensional depth to the artwork that paint alone cannot. In addition, Hager-Braun often incorporates sculptured components fabricated from foam, plastic or yarn.
Hager-Braun’s widely exhibited art quilts are in public and private national and international collections.
Winners of the 2016 NICHE Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at the Washington Convention Center, held in conjunction with the American Made Show which one of the nation’s largest wholesale marketplace for artists, designers and retailers.
Hager-Braun can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her art work can be viewed at www.soularpowerfabricart.com.