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.
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 Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; the Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, Maine; and the Portland Museum of Art, Maine, among others.