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15 September 2023,     WATERLOO
Waterloo writer first recipient of decorative arts writing award
 The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts has awarded Kitchener-Waterloo Métis artist, Cheyenne Mapplebeck, the first-ever John Fleming Award in Decorative Arts Writing. Created in 2022, the monetary prize honours the late Canadian scholar and writer, John Fleming, and his lasting contribution to decorative arts education.

 “Cheyenne’s work addresses some significant ideas on the importance of diversity and representation in art, and offers a unique perspective on how BIPOC artists continue to challenge colonial influence in gallery spaces through their contemporary practices.” says CSDA Board chair, Susan Golets.

Mapplebeck is a Métis artist, writer, and curator living and working in Kitchener-Waterloo. Her winning submission, Decolonizing Museum Spaces: Decorative Art as a Vessel for Disruption, will be featured in the upcoming Fall/Winter issue of Ornamentum, CSDA  decorative arts and design magazine.

The award will be offered annually, as a way of promoting and recognizing excellence in original magazine writing on decorative arts in Canada.

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