Candice DuCoin : 2015 TBWA NBO AWARD
Candice will receive an NBO award certificate, an All Things Considered VII exhibition catalog, and a $25 cash prize.
We asked Candice to provide a statement about her work.
“As a fifth generation Texan, I grew up loving the piney woods. As a teenager, I discovered pine needle baskets made by the Alabama-Coushatta Indians and I knew I just had to learn to make them. Years later, I found a pine needle basketry teacher to coach me in the basics and then I looked for every opportunity to improve my techniques. I gather needles of longleaf pines found in the deep sandy soils of East Texas, and work to make them into Texas treasures. Longleaf pines can reach 125 feet, with needles 15-18 inches long!
When I’m not making baskets or trekking the forests, I’m researching and writing about my 19th-century Texas Ranger ancestors who helped in the taming and settling of the young state along its wild and perilous borders. How I would love to discover a basket weaver down one of the branches of my family tree!”
The NBO AWARD honors outstanding works of basketry and related art exhibited outside of NBO events. The award is available for presentation at exhibitions that include a minimum of five basketry entries, take place in the US or Canada and are either open to the public for a minimum of one day or are part of a basketry or related arts organization conference. If your organization or gallery would like to be considered for this program visit the Scholarship Program page for details.