Grantee: Jeremy Frey
Weaver Jeremy Frey was awarded a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship for Traditional Arts in recognition of the outstanding quality of the baskets he makes.
Frey develops his pieces from start to finish, he harvests and prepares materials, then weaves intricate and stunning black ash baskets that have begun to stand alone in collections and exhibits around the world. He first learned the practice from his mother and developed his talent as a member of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, an organization that has long nurtured a renaissance in basketry in New England. In 2010, he was awarded a USA Artists Ford Fellowship. In 2011, his work won best of show at both the Santa Fe Indian Market and The Heard Museum Indian Market Fair.
The 2014 NACF Traditional Arts Fellowship supported Frey’s ongoing experimentation of his craft, an artistic trait that has propelled his work to new heights. His intention is to focus on larger and more elaborate baskets, expanding notions of Wabanaki arts practice.