UBC Museum of Anthropology receives private "treasure" of early Bill Reid works


VANCOUVER, BC.- An important collection of early works by one of Canada’s best loved artists, Bill Reid, can be seen by the public for the first time thanks to a major donation to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology from Vancouver’s Friedman family. The Haida artist created eleven intricate pieces of gold and silver jewellery over a 20-year period (1954-1974) for Sydney Friedman and his late wife Constance Livingstone-Friedman, who were longstanding UBC professors and early patrons of Reid. Standouts of the collection include an exquisite gold bracelet featuring a raven with cut-out wings and feathers (1955), a gold brooch and matching earrings (1955), a hinged silver bracelet with an eagle motif (1972), and a silver picture frame fully engraved with a bear motif (1954). “This collection has outstanding significance, not only as a representation of Bill