Maryann Hartman Awards - 1994 Award Winners
Mary Mitchell Gabriel
A long-time resident of Indian Township and member of the Passamaquoddy tribe, Mary Mitchell Gabriel spent more than sixty years perfecting the art of basket-making. She added to the traditional baskets her own distinctive signature– a woven handle known as the frog handle. What began as a source of extra income has developed into a nationally acclaimed art. Gabriel was one of eleven folk artists and the only one from the Northeast to receive the National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. She was awarded an individual Arts Fellowship in 1993 by the Maine Arts Commission. In addition to this important skill, Gabriel was a senior companion for the university of Maine Cooperative Extension for more than twelve years, spending twenty hours a week serving senior citizens. She was a member of the Maine Basketmakers Alliance. Mary Mitchell Gabriel passed away in 2004 at the age of 95.
Emily Muir was born in Chicago, Illinois, studied art in New York City at the Art Students League, and ultimately moved to Maine in 1938. Architect, painter, sculptor, and writer, her work has been exhibited in shows throughout the United States and is found in the collections of the Federal Government, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the University of Maine, and the Island Institute, as well as countless private collections. Muir has designed some forty homes on Deer Isle, each specifically designed to fit into its unique location. She was the first woman to serve on the National Commission of Fine Arts, where she was among the first to lobby for a bill that would earmark a percentage of all federal buildings’ funds for purchasing art work. She was also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Kennedy Center. Over the years Muir had been active in a variety of community issues and continued to raise questions about social issues as an inveterate letter writer. Emily Muir passed away in 2003.
Born in Jonesport and raised in Brunswick, Dr. Alice Stewart was the guiding force behind the creation of the Canadian American Center at the University of Maine and a leader in developing Fogler Library’s Canadian Studies Collection. Professor of History at the University of Maine, she earned a B.A. from Maine and both an A.M. and a Ph.D. from Radcliffe College. Her many years of teaching experience encompass several Maine high schools, Radcliffe College, and Wellesley College, as well as the University of Maine. Her interest in Canadian Studies began with her doctoral dissertation on Prime Minister John McDonald and was strengthened by her years teaching Canadian History. Her outstanding work in Canadian Studies has been recognized with an honorary L.L.D. from the University of New Brunswick, a Litt.D. from St. Mary’s College, and the Donner Medal of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. She died in January, 2000.