Lois Etherington Betteridge is an award-winning goldsmith and silversmith. Her many achievements include the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts (1978), the Order of Canada (1997) and the Guelph YM/YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement (2002).
SNAG is proud to announce the 2010 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is Lois Etherington Betteridge, an internationally recognized artist and educator who has made a profound contribution to the field of metalsmithing. Betteridge, through her teaching, lecturing and her own studio work, has been perhaps the most important influence in Canadian silversmithing in the twentieth century. To her enormous pleasure, she has been able to give unstintingly to all, and has led the way to create a public awareness of the creativity in the field.
The award is the work of metalsmith Cynthia Eid, who won a design competition sponsored by SNAG. Her design is a stunning Argentium silver vessel on a black marble base. All honorees also receive Lifetime Membership in SNAG.
SNAG's Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor the Society can bestow upon an individual. The prestigious honor is reserved for leaders who have made significant contributions to contemporary metalsmithing throughout their career.
Individuals considered for this award will have distinguished themselves through significant accomplishments in teaching, advocacy, publishing, criticism, and related activities that expand and elevate our field. Sustained long-term commitment to the field is an important criteria in selecting recipients for this honor. Artistic merit may be a component in the decision-making process but is not itself a qualification for the award.