NBCCD announces 2024 Brigitte Clavette Award winner

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Kat Neily was awarded the 2024 Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Scholarship in Graduate Studies – Brigitte Clavette Award. 

Photo: Kathryn McCarroll (Executive Director of the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation), Jean Rooney (NBCCD Advanced Studio Practice, Studio Coordinator), Kat Neily (award recipient and Advanced Studio Practice alumna), and Brigitte Clavette (namesake of the award). 

The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design has announced graduate Kat Neily as this year’s recipient of the 2023-2024 Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Scholarship in Graduate Studies – Brigitte Clavette Award. This prestigious $2000 award celebrates excellence in the arts and honors the legacy of the esteemed artist and educator Brigitte Clavette. 

Kat Neily has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement and merit. This award is presented annually to an Advanced Studio Practice graduating student. NBCCD’s selection committee diligently reviews eligible candidates throughout the academic year, with the recipient being notified in February. 

The staff of NBCCD wish to congratulate Kat Neily on this remarkable accomplishment and look forward to the continued contributions of their graduates to the arts community. 

About Kat Neily

Kat Neily is a talented ceramic artist based in Fredericton. She graduated from the NBCCD  Foundation Visual Arts Certificate program in 2021, followed by the Ceramics Diploma program  in 2023. Some of her stunning works are currently featured in The George Fry Gallery as part of  the Advanced Studio Practice “Playground” Exhibition. In 2023, Kat Neily received the prestigious  Acquisition Award, presented to the student whose work is judged as the best in the NBCCD  graduation show. 

About Brigitte Clavette

For over three decades, Brigitte Clavette served as the Head of the Jewellery/Metal Arts Studio,  leaving an indelible mark on the artistic community. Though now a part-time instructor, she remains  dedicated to her craft, garnering acclaim both nationally and internationally. Among her  numerous accolades, Clavette is a recipient of the Saidye Bronfman Award, a prestigious honor 

within the realm of fine crafts and one of the esteemed Governor General’s Awards in Visual and  Media Arts. Additionally, she is a distinguished member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. 

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