Anna Torma

$20,000 Grant to Textile Museum of Canada Supports New Publication on Strathbutler artist, Anna Torma

In 2020, Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation is concentrating grant funding on publications to forward the careers of New Brunswick visual artists.  The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the first major grant in this cycle to the Textile Museum of Canada.  This grant will  support a critical  publication on the work of  Strathbutler, Anna[…]

Anna Torma

Strathbutler Artist Anna Torma wins prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award

Congratulations to Anna Torma on her national recognition for excellence in the visual arts. The Saidye Bronfman Award ($25,000) is one of the largest individual prizes for fine craft in Canada. In addition, every year, the Canadian Museum of History acquires works from the winner for its permanent collection. After winning the Strathbutler Award in[…]


Edyn Sierra Albert

2019 Fred Ross Scholarship Recipient   Edyn Sierra Albert of Minto, New Brunswick is the recipient of the 2019 Fred Ross Scholarship valued at $8000. Jurors were impressed with the nuanced maturity of this young artist’s application portfolio. This 4-year renewable scholarship is given to a promising high school graduate entering a formal program in[…]

20 BG 2009 Natural Energy (Internal Wall Mural)

2019 Bruce Gray

Based on the recommendation of a professional jury, the Board of Directors of the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation announces that Bruce Gray has been selected by a professional jury as the 2019 recipient of the $25,000 Strathbutler Award for excellence in the visual arts. Mr. Gray becomes the 25th New Brunswick artist to receive the prestigious[…]

2019 Strathbutler Jury Members

Since 1991, Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation has celebrated excellence in the visual arts of New Brunswick through its signature award, the Strathbutler. This $25,000 award is given to a New Brunswick artist who has achieved excellence in visual arts while having made a substantial contribution to his or her respective field over a significant period[…]

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,[…]