hilde gerson award
award & exhibition opportunity
deadline for applications
Established by the Craft Council of BC in honour of Hilde Gerson, who was a long-time employee of CCBC, textile artist and an enthusiastic craft supporter, this new prize is awarded biannually to a craftsperson who has demonstrated excellence, innovation and leadership in the BC craft community.
In 1998, the family of Hilde Gerson initiated a fund in her memory. In 2000, the Board of Directors chose to dedicate further monies to the fund, and establish an award. Hilde was a CCBC Board member, and for 16 years was the CCBC’s bookkeeper. A tapestry artist, Hilde wove the seat covers for the office’s Francis Lemieux chairs, adding to the CCBC’s permanent collection.
The winning submission is awarded $1000 and the opportunity to exhibit a retrospective of their work within two years of being awarded the prize.
Please note that there is an application fee for this award – $35USD – as this allows us to use Slideroom to engage master jurors from around the province to view, assess and discuss each submission.
Hilde Gerson 2022 Awardee Jan Smith is widely recognized as an accomplished enamel and jewellery artist. She is dedicated to honing her practice and to exploring new innovations in her work and committed to her respective living and working communities, giving generously, and participating as an educator, mentor and visionary.
Born in Vancouver, Jan now lives on Saltspring Island. She holds a BFA from NASCAD, Halifax, N.S. She studied metalsmithing and enamelling in the US.