The $25,000 Strathbutler Award $25,000 is one of Canada’s most lucrative and prestigious visual arts awards. Available uniquely to New Brunswick visual artists, the Strathbutler is a recognition of an individual New Brunswick artist’s accomplishments and impact. This award is given biennially by the privately funded Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation (SHMF) upon the recommendation of a qualified independent jury.
The SHMF Board of Directors calls on New Brunswickers to honor artists of distinction through a nomination process from December 1st, 2022 through March 15th, 2023. In presenting a candidate, nominators honor and celebrate visual artists who have enriched the cultural life of New Brunswick.
Strathbutler Award recipients are part of New Brunswick’s diverse cultural legacy. Since 1991, Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation has recognised exceptional New Brunswick artists with this distinction.
1991 John Hooper Sculptor
1992 Tom Smith Potter
1993 Peter Powning Potter
1994 Kathy Hooper Painter
1995 Nel Oudemans Weaver
1996 Marie Hélène Allain Sculptor
1997 Freeman Patterson Photographer
1998 Roméo Savoie Painter
1999 Suzanne Hill Painter
2000 Rick Burns Painter
2001 Gerald Collins Painter
2002 Gordon Dunphy Wood Turner
2003 Thaddeus Holownia Photographer
2004 Janice Wright Cheney Multi-media
2005 André Lapointe Sculptor
2006 Brigitte Clavette Metalsmith
2007 Dan Steeves Printmaker
2008 Anna Torma Fiber Artist
2009 David Umholtz Printmaker
2010 Linda Rae Dornan Multi-media
2011 Herzl Kashetsky Painter
2013 Susan Vida Judah Weaver
2015 Paul Mathieson Painter
2017 Herménégilde Chiasson Multi-Media
2019 Bruce Gray Furniture Maker/Multi-media
2021 Mathieu Léger Multi-media
Eligibility details can be found on our Strathbuter Awards page.