PGHW member, Vera Nakonechny, is an internationally known expert in Ukrainian textiles, embroidery, beadwork, weaving, and other traditional forms related to textiles and adornment. Vera preserves and cultivates these Ukrainian traditions both in the United States and Ukraine.
She is the recipient of a 2007 Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowship in folk arts, a 2008 Pew Fellowship Award from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and the 2011 Leeway Foundation Transformational Award. In 2014, Vera was named a National Heritage Fellow. National Heritage Fellowships are the nation’s highest honor for individuals who have made “major contributions to the excellence, vitality and public appreciation of the folk and traditional arts.”
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