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Textile Museum of Canada announces winners of
the 2018 Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award –
Catherine Blackburn and Meera Sethi

Image: 2018 Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award Recipients Meera Sethi (left) and Catherine Blackburn (right)

The Textile Museum of Canada is pleased to announce Catherine Blackburn and Meera Sethi, winners of the 2018 Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award.

“We are so pleased to be announcing Catherine and Meera as our 2018 Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award recipients. This award allows us to foster the potential of artists at a critical stage of their careers and we look forward to supporting their growth over the next year. We are honoured to be continuing Melissa’s legacy as a mentor and artist.”
– Sarah Quinton, Curatorial Director

Now in it’s second year, The Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award helps emerging artists conduct self-directed activities such as art production, apprenticeships, residencies, and research. The Textile Museum of Canada supports the applicant’s customized program of research and access to the Museum’s library, exhibitions, and permanent collection. The award is in memory and honour of Melissa Levin (1958-2015), an artist, mentor, and teacher whose career as a textile and costume designer was synonymous with her exuberant love of colour and pattern.

About the 2018 Award Winners:

Catherine Blackburn (Leask, Saskatchewan) is a bead artist, painter and jeweller. Her art practice is informed by her Dene and European ancestry and speaks to the complexities of memory, history, and identity. With this award, Catherine will purchase materials and equipment for her studio.

Meera Sethi (Richmond Hill, Ontario) is a contemporary artist whose practice encompasses a range of mediums to pose questions about the relationship between migration, diaspora, hybridity, and belonging. Meera will conduct research in the Museum’s collection of garments and textiles from South Asia.

If you are interested in donating to the Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Fund, please visit or call 416-599-5321 x2246.

Watch for our announcement of the artists’ public presentations at the Textile Museum of Canada in 2019.

About Melissa Levin
Melissa Levin (1958-2015) was an artist, mentor and teacher whose career as a textile and costume designer was synonymous with her exuberant love of colour and pattern. This award was established in honour of Melissa’s passion for mentoring emerging artists, with generous donations made by family, friends and communities.

For more information, additional media materials and images, please contact:
Caitlin Donnelly, Membership and Marketing Coordinator
416-599-5321 x2245 or


Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 2H5

Textile Museum of Canada has a 40-year history of exploring ideas and building cultural understanding through the universal medium of textiles. Connecting international textile traditions to contemporary art and design, this national museum is one of Canada’s most engaging arts institutions welcoming thousands of visitors from across the country and around the world each year. The Museum’s permanent collection spans 2,000 years and consists of over 15,000 artifacts from about 200 countries and regions, uniquely positioning the Museum to speak to global culture as well as our increasingly global communities. A leader in the digitization of collections and interactive environments, the Textile Museum of Canada is recognized for its innovation in the development of landmark educational, research and creative initiatives.






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