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PHOENIX – Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy), a basket artist from Indian Township, Maine, won the 2015 Best of Show Award at the 57th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market.
Frey, 36, was honored at a March 6 awards reception at the museum for a basket he titled, “Loon,” Judges named it the best of dozens of works submitted for consideration by members of a distinguished panel of 21 judges. Frey also won the top honor in 2011 for a brown ash basket titled, “Pointy Urchin.”
A complete list of winners has been compiled, including first, second and third places and honorable mentions in each division and recipients of the Judges’ Awards as well as a list of the judges themselves. (See link at bottom.)
During the 2004 Celebration of Basketry and Native Foods Festival, the Heard bought a first-place-award-winning basket made by a young Jeremy Frey.
“Since that time Jeremy Frey has gone on to win Best of Show both at the
Heard and the SWAIA in Santa Fe and now he has won at the Heard again with a basket that has a loon pictured in quill work on the lid,” said Ann Marshall, Heard Museum director of curation and education.
“Everything about the 2015 basket compared to the 2004 basket is infinitely more complex in its technique and nuanced from the quill work loon to the size of the basket and the treatment of the body of the basket with the contrast between light and dark elements,” Marshall said. ”It all makes for a high-impact visual feast for the eye. Congratulations to Jeremy for a basketry triumph.”
In addition to the top award, eight artists were awarded with Best in Class ribbons for the best entries in each of eight classes of Native art:
The Conrad House Award, given to an artist who is grounded in traditional precepts yet shows originality, vision and innovation, went to Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee) for the basket, “Cloaked in Sovereignty.”
The Andy Eisenberg Awards honor excellence in contemporary jewelry. The first place Eisenberg Award was presented to Nelda Schrupp (Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation) for the necklace, “We Still Here.” The second-place Eisenberg Award was presented to Keri Atumbi (Kiowa) & Jamie Okuma (Kiowa/Luiseno/Shoshone).
A total of 645 artists participated in this year’s fair, held March 7-8 at the Heard Museum in midtown central Phoenix. The 58th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market will take place on March 5-6, 2016.