Prairie detail, Ralph Simpson

2019 Nel Oudemans Award Jury Statement

Ralph Simpson is an impressive emerging artist whose extensive body of work stood out in the 2019 award adjudication. Building on a first career as a research biologist and forestry expert, Simpson immersed himself in ancient traditions of basketry from around the world. From these global inspirations, his unique, individual artistic vision has evolved. His[…]

Cedar Wave, Ralph Simpson

Ralph Simpson

Ralph Simpson Chosen for 2019 Nel Oudemans Award Ralph Simpson has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Nel Oudemans Award recognizing the pursuit of excellence in the field of fine craft and design by emerging New Brunswick artisans. A recent graduate of New Brunswick College of Art and Design,[…]

2019 Nel Oudemans Award Application Guidelines

The annual $2,000 Nel Oudemans Award acknowledges the extraordinary contribution of Fredericton weaver Nel Oudemans to Canada’s applied arts field, as well as to fine arts & craft education in New Brunswick. 2019 Nel Oudemans Award Application Guidelines This Award recognizes the pursuit of excellence in the fields of fine craft and design by emerging[…]

I-Chun Jenkins

I-Chun Jenkins Chosen for 2018 Nel Oudemans Award After a careful examination of the diverse portfolios of the many gifted emerging artisans nominated, the jury unanimously named I-Chun Jenkins as the 2018 recipient of the Nel Oudemans Award. The jurors were impressed by the delicacy and beauty of the work, the technical mastery of the[…]

Matt Watkins

Matt Watkins Chosen for 2017 Nel Oudemans Award St. Andrews resident, Matt Watkins has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation “Nel Oudemans Award” recognizing the pursuit of excellence in the field of fine craft and design by emerging New Brunswick artisans. An an artist and goldsmith, Mr. Watkins draws[…]

2018 Nel Oudemans Award Application Guidelines

The annual $2,000 Nel Oudemans Award acknowledges the extraordinary contribution of Fredericton weaver Nel Oudemans to Canada’s applied arts field, as well as to fine arts & craft education in New Brunswick. This Award recognizes the pursuit of excellence in the fields of fine craft and design by emerging New Brunswick artisans. It is intended[…]

Nel Oudemans 2017 Reminder

Deadline Reminder: Application Deadline for the Nel Oudemans Award extended to June 30th, 2017. The Nel Oudemans Award, established in 2002, celebrates excellence in fine craft in memory of the extraordinary contribution of Nel Oudemans to Canadian applied arts. This competition is open to all emerging artisans who have lived and practiced in New Brunswick[…]