Savage Chosen for 2015 Oudemans

River Desk, Philip Savage

River Desk, Philip Savage

Philip Savage Chosen for 2015 Nel Oudemans Award

Kingston resident, Philip Savage has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation’s Nel Oudemans Award recognizing the pursuit of excellence in the field of fine craft and design by emerging New Brunswick artisans. A sculptor in wood as well as a landscape horticulturist, Mr. Savage creates both functional and sculptural works drawing inspiration from nature. He celebrates a medium that has been crafted by human hands for function, beauty and ceremony since primitive times.

Mr. Savage will be presented with the $2000 Nel Oudemans Award at the New Brunswick Fine Craft Festival and Gala “From Human Hands” to be held on July 10th at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal, Saint John, New Brunswick. Tickets and information available through New Brunswick Craft Council at

The Foundation expresses gratitude to the following members of the selection committee for their professional assistance: Maegan Black, Director of Canadian Craft Federation; Weaver and sculptor, Jesse Davies; Strathbutler artist, Susan Vida Judah and Peter Laroque, the New Brunswick Museum’s Curator of N.B. Cultural History and Art.