(Toronto—June 2, 2010) The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) will present honorary doctorate degrees to artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, illustrator Anita Kunz and singer/songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie at the university’s convocation ceremony at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on Friday, June 4.
“Condé and Beveridge, Kunz and Sainte-Marie exemplify OCAD’s commitment to engaging creative skills to allow a deep understanding of the complex world around us,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD President. “It is with great pleasure that we honour their contributions, and welcome them to share their visions for the future as inspiration for this year’s graduating class.”
Called “the social conscience of the Canadian art world” by Canadian Art, Toronto-based Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge are collaborative artists who have been working with trade unions and community organizations in the production of their staged photographic works for more than 30 years. “We feel that it is not only important to articulate the concerns and experience of working and community life, but also that [the work] should be able to stand up to the sophistication of corporate culture and take into account the complexities of cultural representation.” Their work has addressed issues ranging from free trade to health care to anti-globalization, with each project involving intense research and collaboration with grassroots organizations, labour unions and community members. The resulting narratives are constructed within the languages of mass-communication, delivering engaged social messages. Condé and Beveridge’s have exhibited internationally, and they continue to be active in several labour arts initiatives including the Mayworks Festival in Toronto and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton.
Recently appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, Anita Kunz is an accomplished and acclaimed illustrator contributing to the world’s leading magazines, design firms, book publishers and advertising agencies. Her clients include Time magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, The New York Times, Sony Music, Random House and many others. She has produced cover art for many magazines including Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, the Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Magazine. She has also illustrated more than fifty book jacket covers. Kunz teaches workshops and lectures at universities and institutions across the globe, and has been honoured with many prestigious awards and medals. Her critically acclaimed paintings and sculptures have appeared in galleries worldwide, including the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts and the Teatrio Cultural Association in Rome. Her works are in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the Canadian Archives in Ottawa, the Musée Militaire de France in Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome. A number of her Time magazine cover paintings are also in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. Kunz has been named one of the fifty most influential women in Canada by the National Post.
Buffy Sainte-Marie is an award-winning singer-songwriter, musician, composer, artist, educator and activist. Born on the Cree Piapot First Nation in Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Sainte-Marie was adopted and raised in the United States. In the 1960s, she toured North American colleges, reservations and concert halls with her songs of protest and love, encountering myriad misperceptions about Native American culture. Yet her career as a singer/songwriter earned her acclaim at home and internationally, eventually taking her to Europe, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan. As a composer, she won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the song Up Where We Belong, recorded by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the film An Officer and a Gentleman. Her work has been covered by such musicians as Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Janis Joplin and Chet Atkins.
An early pioneer in digital art and music, by 1994 Sainte-Marie's huge works were being shown in museums and galleries across North America, including the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, the Emily Carr Gallery in Vancouver, the Institute for American Indian Art Museum in Santa Fe, Ramscale Gallery in New York and the Tucson Museum of Art. Her works have appeared on the covers of Art Focus and Talking Stick magazines and featured in MS. Magazine, on Yahoo and in USA Today.
As an educator, Sainte-Marie is responsible for the Cradleboard Teaching Project, an educational curriculum devoted to the better understanding of Native Americans. She has taught digital music as an adjunct professor at several colleges. The recipient of many accolades and awards, Sainte-Marie was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Canada in 1997. She has received two medals from Queen Elizabeth II, and in 1999 received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. She has also received several Juno Awards, her most recent being Aboriginal Album of the Year for her 2009 release Running for the Drum.
OCAD’s 2010 Spring Convocation ceremony will take place on Friday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto.
Since 2003, OCAD has conferred honorary doctorates to such luminaries as Margaret Atwood, Charles Pachter, Dan Donovan, Bill Buxton, the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, Karim Rashid, Will Alsop, Daphne Odjig and Claude Gidman. Prior to 2003, OCAD named honorary fellows, including A. J. Casson, Don Watt, Betty Goodwin, Atom Egoyan and Bruce Mau and many others.
About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.
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For more information or to request images, contact:
Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)
Steve Virtue, Director, Marketing & Communications
416.977.6000 Ext. 222