Lifetime Achievement Award

In 1995, the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Needlearts established its distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the highest honor bestowed by the Academy, and is only given after careful consideration and deliberation by the Directors.

This award is given to the needleartist who, in the opinion of the Academy, upholds the the highest ideals of the Academy and

  • exemplifies outstanding achievement in more than one aspect of life in the needlearts, with special emphasis on the art of teaching
  • demonstrates the highest caliber of technical excellence in embroidery and in design
  • provides innovative and ongoing service to the needlework community
  • mentors fellow embroiderers, either by example or direct teaching
  • compiles a body of embroidered works which show virtuosity of technique and design
  • continues to grow throughout his/her career
Past Lifetime Achievement Honorees

2015 – Connie Lynn Borserine
2014 – Lois Kershner
2013 – Mary K. Campbell
2011 – Debbie Stiehler
2010 – Michele Roberts
2009 – Judy Jeroy
2009 – Pam Godderis Dangerfield
2008 – Beverly Booker
2008 – Barbara Loftus
2007 – Susan Dawson
2007 – Carlene Harwick
2006 – Caela Tyler
2006 – Marnie Ritter
2005 – Dolores Andrew
2005 – Fay Andrews
2004 – Gail Sirna
2004 – Kathleen L. Mackie
2003 – Peg Laflam
2003 – Jean Taggart
2002 – Charlotte Miller
2002 – Mary-Dick Digges
2001 – Joyce Lukomski
2000 – Shay Pendray
1999 – Marion Scoular
1998 – Audrey Francini
1997 – Jody Adams
1996 – Mary McMenamin
1995 – Betsy Robb
1995 – Louise Downing