Jeremy Frey

Jeremy Frey (b. 1978, Passamaquoddy Indian Township Reservation, Maine) is one of the foremost Passamaquoddy craftspeople of his generation. Frey, a descendant of a long line of Native weavers, learned traditional Wabanaki weaving techniques from his mother and by apprenticing at the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance. Working with customary materials such as brown ash and sweetgrass, Frey introduces new materials, unique forms, and fine weaves while maintaining a strong connection to the traditional practice. 

The first solo show of Frey’s work was held at Karma, New York (2023). Frey won Best of Show at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 2011, marking the first time a basketmaker achieved this honor in the market’s 90 year history. That same year, Frey won Best of Show and at the Heard Museum Indian Guild Fair and Market in Phoenix, Arizona, which he would repeat in 2015, making him the first artist ever to do so. Frey’s work is held in the public collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Denver Art Museum, Colorado; Portland Museum of Art, Maine; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; and Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, among others.

Single work, Jeremy Frey

Born 1978, Passamaquoddy Indian Township Reservation, Maine

Lives and works in Maine



Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (Master Basketmaker), Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance


AA in Automotive Technology and General Technology, Washington County Community College


Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (Apprentice), Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance




Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine (forthcoming)


Karma, New York, Out of the Woods



Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum, Cullowhee, North Carolina, Spark of the Eagle Dancer: The Collecting Legacy of Lambert Wilson

Object & Thing at LongHouse, East Hampton, New York, A Summer Arrangement


The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum of American, Washington, D.C., Crafting A Better World

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts, New England Triennial


Monson Arts, Maine, Always Home: Traditional Wabanaki Arts


Portland Museum of Art, Maine, Open-Ended: New Acquisitions at the PMA

Space Gallery, Portland, Maine, Carry ME


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present


Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, Portland Museum of Art Biennial: you can’t get there from here

Maine Historical Society, Portland, Maine, Baskets from the Dawnland: Weaving the past and future together

Maine Fiber Arts, Topsham, Maine, Maine Indian Basketry Exhibition


Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3

Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, Rethink! American Indian Art 

Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, Maine, Transcending Traditions: The Next Generation and Maine Indian Basketry,

co-organized by Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and the Hudson Museum


Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, New Hampsire


Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, D.C. Demonstrator, Featured Artist


National Museum of the American Indian, New York


Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado

Smithsonian, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine 

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine

Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia 

Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, California

Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, Maine

Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine

Hudson Museum, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, Michigan

The Peabody, The Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology, Phillips Academy, Andover, Maine



Cumming Award for Artistic Excellence, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME


Best in show Heard Indian Fair Market


Best of basketry Santa Fe Indian Market

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) Artist Fellowship


Best of Basketry at Heard Indian Fair and Market


Best in Show at Santa Fe Indian Market

Best in Show at Heard Indian Fair Market


United States Artists Ford Foundation Fellow

2004, 2005 

First Place in Basketry, Celebration of Basketry, Heard Museum, AZ