A Tampa printmaker has joined some elite bold-face names — George Clooney, for one — after becoming a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters).
Next month, master printer Erika Greenberg-Schneider will receive the prestigious award, which is bestowed by the French government for contributions made by artists, writers and scholars (both French and other nationalities) to French art and culture.
The award will be given by the French consul of Miami on Sept. 15 at a private ceremony at the Tampa Museum of Art.
Past recipients include actors Clint Eastwood, Jude Law and Clooney; musicians Bob Dylan and Lou Reed; filmmaker Tim Burton; and artist James Rosenquist.
Greenberg-Schneider practiced her craft in France for many years, and is married to French sculptor Dominique Labauvie.
She returned to the United States and in 2003 founded Bleu Acier, an atelier that collaborates with artists on small-edition portfolios of fine art prints. She has worked with important artists from around the world but has been especially active in promoting contemporary French artists.