Award of Excellence

The American Tapestry Alliance Award for Excellence was established to recognize weavers who pursue tapestry with the intention of achieving excellence in design, creative concept and technical execution.

Award for Excellence Criteria

The Award for Excellence may be presented at any show either physical or online in which the number of tapestries exhibited comprises at least 10% of the total entries accepted to an exhibition or a minimum of four entries. The juror for the Award of Excellence must have a knowledge of contemporary tapestry and ensure each tapestry considered for the award meets ATA’s definition of tapestry: a handwoven weft-faced fabric with discontinuous wefts. The juror may select the most deserving tapestry based on excellence in design, creative imagery, technical execution, and the usage of color.  The juror may decide that no work reaches the required degree of excellence, and not make an award. Organizations are requested to contact the Awards Director at ataaward(at) before the exhibition dates with details of the name and email address of the juror.

ATA reserves the right not to present an award if, in the opinion of the juror: 1) no piece meets the definition of tapestry; 2) no tapestries show an understanding and accomplished execution of the art form, or; 3) if the number of tapestries does not comprise at least 10% of the total entries accepted or a minimum of four entries.

The Award

The winner will receive a certificate, a color catalog of one of the exhibitions sponsored by ATA, and a one-year membership in the American Tapestry Alliance. Award winners who are not ATA members will receive a one-year Basic level Membership. Award winners who are current members will have their membership extended for one year at their current level of membership. In addition, the tapestry will be featured on ATA’s digital platforms and in Tapestry Topics, ATA’s triannual publication. A presentation statement will be sent to the exhibition organizers prior to the opening of the exhibition.

Presentation of the Award

The award should be mentioned on the wall label for the winning tapestry. ATA requests that a brief announcement be made at the awards ceremony or general meeting of the conference. The presentation statement can be located here: ATA Award for Excellence Presentation Statement (pdf).

Follow Up

After the exhibition, the winner must fill out the Biography/Artist Statement Information Form. Use our online form for submitting this information. The catalog, certificate, and membership information will be sent to the award winner upon receipt of the Biography/Artist Statement Information Form.

Information: ataaward(at)

Past Award of Excellence Recipients

2023 Pamela Done
2023 Patricia Armour
2023 Nancy Dugger
2022 Alma Wertz
2021 Mimi Rodes
2021 Laura Center
2020 Terry Olson
2020 Patricia Price
2019 Barbara Levine
2019 Don Burns
2019 Cindy Dworzak
2018 Rebecca Smith
2018 Karen Leckert
2018 Marilyn Martynuk
2017 Cindy Dworzak
2017 Denise Stevens
2017 Marie Clews
2017 Leslie Taylor
2016 Beryl Denton
2015 Mimi Rodes
2015 Sandy Kennard
2014 Pat Williams
2014 Deborah Corsini
2014 Don Burns
2013 Nancy Jackson
2013 Kathe Todd-Hooker
2013 Evelyn Campbell
2013 Urban Jupena
2013 Pat Williams
2012 Tommye McClure Scanlin
2012 Tori Kleinert
2012 Frances D McClure
2011 Elizabeth Buckley
2010 Betty Hilton-Nash
2009 Pat Williams
2009 Kathe Todd-Hooker
2009 Margaret Swanson
2008 Tommye Scanlin
2008 Alexandra Friedman
2008 Kathy Spoering
2008 Irisa Blumate
2008 Jennie Lee Henderson
2007 Donna Contractor
2007 Tommye Scanlin
2007 Sharon Warren
2005 Connie Lippert
2005 Trudie Roberts
2004 Maria Estela Serafini
2004 Pat Williams