Ralph Simpson, was selected by the faculty of New Brunswick College of Craft and Design as the recipient of the 2016 Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Scholarship. Mr. Simson is a graduate of the Aboriginal Visual Arts diploma program and currently enrolled in Graduate Studies Program, specializing in basketry.
NBCCD Director, Marc Briathwiate said that the $2000 scholarship represents the largest and most prestigious scholarship given within the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Awarded to a student in the Graduate Studies Program, the winner must demonstrate proven skills in craft or design and exemplify excellence in his or her field of study, coupled with a history of academic achievement.
Mr. Simpson (pictured with Mr. Braithwaite, and Craig Schneider and Kathryn McCarroll ) enthused about his work, saying “My creative process is a combination of traditional craft and contemporary art.”