Honors and Awards

2015

Best glass work Award, Masterpiece exhibition, London

2014

Career Award, “Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti”, Venice

2013

Visionary Award, Art Palm Beach, FL, USA

Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Honors Award, USA

2012

Phoenix Award, USA

2011

Master of Medium Award, James Renwick Alliance, Washington DC

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2010

Master Teacher/Master Artist, Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, KY, USA

2009

The IIC Lifetime Achievement Award, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2007

Cristal Award, Museo del Vidrio, Monterrey, Mexico

Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA, USA

2006

Distinguished Educator Award, James Renwick Alliance associated with the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., USA

2004

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Centre College, Danville, KY, USA

The President’s Distinguished Artist Award, University of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Artist as Hero Award, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Artist Visionaries! Lifetime Achievement Award, Museum of Arts & Design, NY, USA

2001

Metal for Excellence in Craft Award, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, USA

2000

Humana Distinguished Professor, Centre College, Danville, KY, USA

1998

Libensky Award, Chateau Ste Michelle Vineyards and Winery and Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA

1997

Glass Art Society Lifetime Achievement Award, USA

Urkunde Goldmedaille, Germany

1996, 1998

Venezia Aperto Vetro, Guest of Honour, invited guest, Venice, Italy

1996

Rakow Commission for Excellence in Glass Award, The Corning Museum of Glass,Corning, NY, USA

UrbanGlass Award for Preservation of Glassblowing Techniques, Brooklyn, NY, USA

1989

Independent artist

1976-89

Artistic and Technical Director, Effetre International, Murano, Italy

1972

Grand Prix in lighting, Barcelona Trade Fair, Barcelona, Spain

1968

Borsella d’Oro Award, Murano, Italy

1968-76

Cofounder and chief maestro at La Murrina, Murano, Italy

1966-68

Venini & Co., Murano, Italy

1957

Achieves status of Maestro

1955

Achieves status of Maestrino

1955-65

Vetreria Galliano Ferro, Murano, Italy