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OCAD University is proud to announce this year’s honorary degree recipients: The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Métis visual artist and curator Jim Logan, award-winning video director Julien Christian Lutz (known as Director X) and internationally recognized surgeon and OCAD U alumnus, Dr. John Semple.

The Honorary Degree Committee, chaired by Chancellor Salah Bachir, selected the recipients from a list of nominees submitted by the OCAD University community.

“It is a great pleasure to present these degrees to four extraordinary Canadians who have made a remarkable impact on society. They represent the resilience, creativity and values that will guide us through the COVID-19 pandemic and help us to make a better post-COVID world,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD University President and Vice-Chancellor. “They will inspire and help us celebrate our graduating students.”

In response to current ongoing physical distancing and travel restrictions, the university will hold a virtual convocation on Friday, June 12.

The convocation celebrates the graduation of more than 700 students. Also, student medal winners will be presented with their awards, and a number of faculty members will be honoured with teaching awards for their exceptional contribution to the university

Jim Logan

Jim Logan

Jim Logan (Cree/Sioux-Métis) has changed our cultural landscape through a profound contribution in visual arts and culture through his practice as a visual artist, curator, and arts administrator over the last 35 years.

Logan's dynamic narrative paintings portray Indigenous survivance by depicting the realities of dealing with colonial trauma. They have been included in seminal exhibitions that initiated the Indigenous Art movement in Canada and his work has also been included in important touring national and international overviews of contemporary Indigenous art.

His distinguished career includes many firsts: in 1999, Logan became the first Indigenous curator at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; the first three Indigenous solo exhibitions occurred at the National Gallery of Canada (also curated by Indigenous curators) as a result of Logan’s leadership; in 2002, Logan became the first Indigenous Visual Arts Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts and served and shaped Indigenous art until 2018.

From the Yukon, to British Columbia, to Nova Scotia, to the nation's capital, Jim Logan has advanced Indigenous rights through the arts in service and leadership. He has been a trailblazer in illuminating a path for Indigenous arts and culture.

Posted on 2020-07-15 21:40:16 by: OCAD U's

The Reconciliation Series

I am very pleased to announce that my recent collection of work titled “The Reconciliation Series” has been purchased by the National Indigenous Art Collection in Ottawa. The collection has taken me about 4 years to complete and it’s only 5 pieces in total but each piece took a lot of thought and interpretation of my own feelings toward what I was creating. The works are all quite large approximately 49x60 inches and are painted in oil on a stretched canvas background.

Me inspecting the Reconciliation Series on exhibit at The Idea Exchange Gallery in Cambridge ON.

Monster - the first piece created for this series.

Awiyakkamacitotahk - Evil Doer

Kostacihkwamiwin- Nightmare

Cipay or Ghost

Osikotatahikew - Assailant

Posted on 2019-04-28 14:55:26 by: Jim Logan