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April 7, 1975 Southeast Missourian
Otto F. Dingeldein, longtime Cape Girardeau metalsmith, stands at left waiting to receive the first annual Otto F. Dingeldein Award sponsored by the Southeast Missouri Council on the Arts. The initial award, a copper sculpture of three doves symbolizing local interest in the arts, is held by Carroll Snead, chairman of the fifth annual Regional Crafts Fair which attracted about 5,500 visitors over the weekend. The award was presented to Mr. Dingeldein on Sunday by Mrs. Emily Rice, right, executive director of the Missouri State Council on the Arts. (Fred Lynch photo)
Craft award presented to Dingeldein
A special award, a grant, a record number of exhibitors-demonstrators and a large turnout combined to make the fifth annual Regional Crafts Fair here Saturday and Sunday the largest in history.
A highlight of the fair, sponsored by the Southeast Missouri Council on the Arts, came Sunday afternoon when the man who is credited with giving arts and crafts in Cape Girardeau the boost it needed was presented a surprise award.
Otto F. Dingeldein, a nationally-known metalsmith here, was presented the first annual award named in his honor. For Mr. Dingeldein, the award took the form of a three-foot copper sculpture of three doves symbolizing his association with the arts here.
Mr. Dingeldein was overwhelmed as he was called to the Arena Building stage at mid-afternoon to receive the surprise award.
Created by Tom Runnels, Marble Hill sculptor, from a design by Central Junior High School art instructor Bruce LaPierre, the sculpture consists of one dove moving downward, symbolizing a declining interest in the arts when Mr. Dingeldein arrived in Cape Girardeau. A second dove ascending symbolizes regenerated interest motivated by the metalsmith. The third dove in an upward thrust suggests the continued community interest.
The inscription at the base of the sculpture cites Mr. Dingeldein for "sharing of knowledge in the arts." The award, from the Southeast Missouri Council on the Arts, Inc., was presented by Mrs. Emily Rice, executive director of the Missouri State Council on the Arts.
She recognized Mr. Dingeldein for proving that "devotion, motivation and commitment to the area of the arts can move mountains."
Mrs. Rice also announced that the council has been approved for a $5,000 grant from the state council. Mrs. Sharon Dow, director of the local council, said the money will finance a variety of community programs.
Approximately 5,500 persons jammed the Arena Building to view the demonstrations and exhibits of more than 200 artists and craftsmen from five states. Saturday's attendance was 2,736. The fair attracted 2,523 on Sunday, according to Carroll Snead, chairman.
Mr. and Mrs. Dingeldein founded the Christian Arts Council here in 1961. He served as director for many years and now serves the council as its program director and representative to the River America Arts Council. The metalsmith is particularly noted for his silver art work for churches.
Here is a list of recipients of the Otto F. Dingeldein Award:
1975 - Otto F. Dingeldein
1976 - Marjorie Suedekum
1977 - Jake Wells
1978 - Dr. Dan B. Cotner & Jean Bell Mosley
1980 - Aileen Lorberg
1981 - Jack & Betty Palsgrove
1983 - Wendy Rust
1985 - Ruth Knote
1986 - Grant Lund & James V. Parker
1987 - Mary Ann Gudermuth
1988 - Dr. Frances Crowley
1990 - Judith Crow
1991 - Carol Berry Horst
1992 - Don & Beverly Strohmeyer
1993 - Bill & Jan Chamberlain
1994 - Nick Leist
1995 - John H. Wiseman
1996 -- Bill Needle
1997 -- Ann Abbott
1998 -- Freck Shivelbine
1999 -- Dr. Edwin Smith
2001 -- Dr. Gary L. Miller
2002 -- Dr. Jean & Nona Nan Chapman
2003 -- Craig Thomas
2004 -- Drs. Robert and Ann Gifford
2005 -- Narvol Randol Jr. and Herb Wickham
2006 -- William Shivelbine
2007 -- Vicki Outman
2008 -- Dodie Eisenhauer
2009 -- Mike Dumey
2011 -- Linda Buis
2012 -- Dr. John Shelton
2013 -- Don Greenwood