Traditional Snowshoe Maker from Maine Wins Fellowship Award

The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to announce traditional snowshoe maker, Brian Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, is one of the 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship award winners.

Continuing a Native American tradition that began centuries ago, Brian has been making one-of-a-kind snowshoes for more than 40 years. His father, Edmond Theriault, taught him how to both make and repair snowshoes when Brian was a young man. Known for their strength, durability, and flexibility, Theriault snowshoes are handcrafted using local brown ash and cattle hides.

More information about Brian and his work can be found on his website,

Maine Arts Commission Fellowships reward artistic excellence, help advance the careers of Maine artists and promote public awareness of the creative sector in the State. The program, which offers awards of $5,000, was updated in 2014 to offer two new discipline categories, bringing the number of fellowships to seven—Contemporary Craft, Functional Craft, Literary, Media, Performing, Traditional, and Visual Arts.

More information about all of the award recipients is on the agency’s website at:

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