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MFoA institutes Don Howard Award in Mixed Media

“A mixed media artist has
absolute freedom of expression; is someone who 
does not get stuck on a table looking like a table.”..

The Marblehead Festival of Arts is happy to announce that it is instituting an annual award honoring Don Howard a frequent Don howard 5contributor to the Mixed Media Exhibit. 

Don Howard has an uncommon artistic perspective to the Festival and he brought it in every piece he entered in the Festival. His brightly colored, unique pieces were the inspiration to create the new award category of Mixed Media. His work is easily recognized by his skillful, playful use of a wide variety of materials:  paper, paint, images, text, and found objects.  His own artistic career did not formally begin until later in life. After working many years as a successful and well traveled management consultant, at the venerable age of 59 ½, with the encouragement of his wife, Bonnie, Don Howard 4he enrolled in the Museum School of the MFA. There he reignited his childhood love of making art and found his unique expression as an outsider artist.  His creativity is inspired and supported by his spiritual life.

The Mixed Media Award is given to an artist who shows the mastery and mystery in combining a variety of media.  Don says:  “A mixed media artist has absolute freedom of expression; is someone who does not get stuck on a table looking like a table.”Don Howard 3