A body of ceramics work over 30 years led to an award from the Daughters of the American Revolution for a Hays artist at Friday night’s art walk.
Linda Ganstrom, professor of art at Fort Hays State University, was given the DAR Women in the Arts Recognition Award from the Courtney-Spalding chapter at Salon Ten-O-Seven.
The award is offered to women at the community level for achievement in non-performance arts who have contributed to their artistic field in an outstanding manner beyond mastery of technique, according to information from DAR.
Ganstrom, whose figurative works explore the roles of women in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, their connection and responsibility to their community and environment as well as the changing perceptions of women’s potential, according to Ganstrom’s biography supplied by DAR.
In remarks Friday night, Ganstrom said Hays is a “special community with people that celebrate the arts.”
“You’re the reason it happens,” she told a crowd in the salon, where ceramic works of FHSU students and faculty were on display.
“It’s so fun to be a part of your community and the arts. We have it because we grow it,” she said.
Ganstrom’s latest award is first place in the 22nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo, Texas, for “Victoria,” a life-sized porcelain figure depicting a woman in a black dress adorned with vintage silver butterfly pins.
Her works have been exhibited in more than 100 state, regional and national juried exhibitions including the USA Craft Today, The National Ceramic Competition at the Kennedy–Douglas Center, Feats of Clay, and the Ceramic International Exhibition at Zanesville, Ohio and the Crafts National at Pennsylvania State.
Her works have been published in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Technical, Studio Potter, ClayTimes and several books and is included in private and public collections.