Maine
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Wikepi Baskets

I weave and market traditional Penobscot ash and sweetgrass baskets. I consult to organizations, museums and tribes and coach other Native American artists in their arts businesses. I am a successful grant writer and have co-curated a number of national exhibitions for art museums. I am available for museum demonstrations, public presentations, artist residencies and to teach other tribal artists in apprenticeships.

I am the founding executive director of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (founded in 1993) and lead the organization for 20 years. I have been a professional artist since 1988, having apprenticed with the late Madeline Tomer Shay (Penobscot).

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Theresa
Job Title/Position: 
Native American basket maker
Mailing Address: 
Waterville, Maine
Waterville, ME 04901
Physical Address: 
Waterville, ME 04901
Last Name: 
Secord
Phone: 
(207) 314-3120

I am a Native American Artist

Native Heritage Designation: 
Native American
Tribal Status: 
Federally Recognized
Tribe Name: 
Penobscot Nation

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Basket Weaving
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Year Founded: 
1988
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Nonprofits
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
2013 Master Craft Artist of the Year, Maine Crafts Association
2011 Maine Traditional Arts Fellow, Maine Arts Commission
2009 Community Spirit Award, First Peoples Fund
2005 Distinguished Achievement Award, University of Southern Maine
2004 Governor's Award for Excellence in Maine Tourism
2004 Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year
2003 Prize for Creativity in Rural Life, World Women's Summit Foundation at United Nations, Switzerland
2006-2013 First Place Awards for Basketry at Santa Fe Indian Market and Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market
2004 MaineBiz Next Award
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient