The Lifetime Achievement Award
The NAMTA Lifetime Achievement Award program began in 2003 to honor the men and women who have made significant impacts on the Fine Art Materials Industry.

Not awarded in 2019

Meet the 2018 Recipients

Allen Shefts

As known, Allen Shefts is a proud owner of Jerry’s Artist Outlet in West Orange, New Jersey.  But as proud as he is of his business, Allen is most proud of his relationship with his wife Bonnie and their children Samantha and Spencer Shefts.

Originally from Brooklyn New York, Allen was in the Armed Forces and stationed in Landstuhl, Germany from 1966 – 1968. Allen received an undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and continued school for his Masters Degree at CCNY.  After that, Allen created and directed one of Brooklyn’s first sheltered workshops for challenged adults.

Currently, Allen is a New Jersey resident with a long and illustrious history in the retail art supply industry dating back to 1978.  Having previously been the CEO of the world’s largest art and craft suppliers and a major influence in the art supply industry and after opening another major retail flagship store and ultimately opening Jerry’s Artist Outlet, Allen’s experience, expertise, mentorship and honesty have earned him the respect and friendship of the entire NAMTA community. Allen’s motivation to open the store in New Jersey comes from a belief in the importance of art in our daily lives. His general philosophy that 'attitude is everything and what goes around comes around' grounds him in every aspect of his life.

Mark Golden

Mark Golden, CEO and Co-founder of Golden Artist Colors, began the company in 1980 with 4 employees, his father Sam Golden, mother Adele and wife Barbara. Originating in a cow barn on his parents’ retirement home in rural Columbus, NY, the company made and delivered custom artist colors for artists in Manhattan.  GOLDEN’s staff of Employee/Owners is now over 200, with facilities in Columbus as well as Norwich, NY.  

Mark was selected as the 1996 Small Business Person of the Year for NY and recognized by President Bill Clinton for his activities in creating a business exemplifying the spirit of Corporate Citizenship, providing a work environment that values all employees. In 2006, Mark received an award from the American Institute for Conservation, recognizing his contributions to the art conservation field. In 2005, he received the NYFA 2005 Inspiration Award and was honored by the Manufacturers Association of Central New York with a 2005 Wall of Fame Award.  In 2011, Inc. Magazine recognized GOLDEN as one of the top 50 small businesses to work for.  In 2012, GOLDEN was recognized by Americans for the Arts as a top 10 contributor to the arts in the US. In 2014 Mark received an honorary Doctorate from Colgate

Robert Gamblin
Gamblin Artist Colors

Cynthia and Andy Lenz
Lenz Arts

Lynn Klein
Jack Klein
Nora Hackenberg
Artist and Display

Rick Rousseau
Artist Hardware
Howard Kaufman
Princeton Artist Brush

Frederick Mink, FM Brush
Jay Shapiro, Binders
Robert Toth, Canson

Stu Beattie, MacPherson’s

John Jonker, Demco
George Stegmeir, Grumbacher
Leonard Flax, Flax Art

Claudia Myers, Spokane Art Supply
Zora Sweet Pinney, Zora’s

Kenneth Eastman, The Eastman Group
Bill Powell, Wilson Art Stores
Bob Serafin, Graphic Products Corporation

Jim Caraghar, Jim Caraghar Company
Eugene E. Maynard, Maynard Associates
Russell Woody

Bill Cicherski, Asel Art Supply, Inc.
Steve Pleune, ColArt/Winsor & Newton
Dominic Sennelier, Sennelier Company

Vera Freeman, ANW Crestwood

Jerry Haines, The Color Wheel Company
John Benator, Tara Materials, Inc./Fredrix/Tara Picture Frame
Wally Klarman, Tara Materials, Inc./Fredrix/Tara Picture Frame

Jean Bourges,Bourges Color Corporation
Sam Golden, Golden Artist Colors Inc.
Brian Heath, Winsor & Newton, Inc.
Pat Indence, FM Brush Company
Robert Simmons, Robert Simmons, Inc. & Daler-Rowney, Ltd.