The Judy Steele Suri Network Creativity Award

The Judy Steele Suri Network Creativity Award was established in 2017 to recognize a Suri Network member who has shown extraordinary creativity and vision in promoting suri alpacas of utilizing suri fiber.

For many years, Judy Steele of Polo Field Studio Arts supplied much coveted suri sculptures that were awarded to the winners of the All Suri Fleece Show Championships.  The Network board was devastated to learn in 2017 that Judy was too ill to continue making her works of art; and stunned when they learned that Judy had gifted her remaining suri artwork to the Network for our use as long as it lasted.  In her honor, the Judy Steele Creativity award was created, to celebrate members who have shown similar dedication to the Suri Network and outstanding artistry and creativity in promoting suri alpacas or using their fiber.

The Creativity Award is presented to an individual with similar attributes. Please nominate those who you feel have best modeled Judy Steele's artistic contributions to and enthusiasm for the suri industry!

How do I do it?

Simply write a letter of recommendation for the individual who you feel deserves this recognition from the Suri Network community (current members of the Suri Network Board of Trustees are not eligible). Letters should be addressed to the Board of Trustees and may be written or electronic, and should cover the points listed below.

The Judy Steele Suri Network Creativity Award recipients will be chosen based on their artistic or creative accomplishments in either promoting the suri alpaca or utilizing its fiber.  Ideal candidates will be role models for the community, unselfishly giving of their time and expertise to the suri community.

The winner of the award is announced at the Suri Network Summer Symposium.

Award Recipients

2019 Karl & Jan Heinrich

2018 Liz Vahlkamp

2017 Donna Rudd


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