FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2010
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Furniture maker David Lamb named N.H. Artist Laureate
Canterbury master furniture maker David Lamb as been named N.H. Artist Laureate. Lamb was nominated by Governor John Lynch and confirmed by the Executive Council. He will serve in this position through March 2012.
Born in N.H., Lamb grew up at Canterbury Shaker Village, where he was apprenticed to Master European cabinetmaker Alejandro de la Cruz, who taught him that being a craftsman is a lifelong commitment. Throughout the years he has developed his craft, incorporating various period forms, Shaker sensibilities, classic re-interpretation and contemporary styles into his work.
Lamb is a founding member of N.H. Furniture Masters, an association of furniture makers dedicated to producing handmade furniture of unsurpassed quality in a variety of styles while cultivating awareness of both their work and of N.H.’s furniture-making traditions. His work has won numerous design awards and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Traditional Home Magazine, the New York Times and N.H. Home Magazine, as well as on N.H. Chronicle, N.H. Outlook and others.
Lamb hopes to use his position as Artist Laureate to promote N.H.’s fine arts and crafts industry, our legacy of craftsmanship and the supportive environment for self-employed artists.
"David Lamb is a talented artist whose contributions have enriched the New Hampshire arts community," said Governor Lynch. "We are fortunate to have David serve as artist laureate where he will have the opportunity to enrich the lives of others both through his art and also as a mentor to our state's emerging artists."
Lamb is the state's fifth artist laureate. The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts recommends several artists' names to the Governor every two years. He then selects one to honor as artist laureate.
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a Division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The State Arts Council provides a wide variety of services, competitive grants, and technical assistance to not-for-profit organizations, schools health care facilities and to individual artists, helping to ensure that the arts thrive in New Hampshire and are accessible to all. Funding for grants and services is provided by the New Hampshire Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.