AU Arts bestows its first honorary degree on world-famous Indigenous artist

May 16, 2019

Alberta University of the Arts has conferred its first honorary degree since transitioning from the Alberta College of Art and Design. The recipient of the Honorary Master of Fine Arts is Alex Janvier, a world-renowned Indigenous artist and ACAD alum. An AU Arts release notes that Janvier, who is Denesuline from Cold Lake First Nations, Treaty 6 Territory, graduated in 1960 with a Fine Arts Diploma, and was ACAD’s first Indigenous graduate. “This is a historic and exciting moment for our almost 100-year-old institution,” said AU Arts President Daniel Doz, who also referred to the graduation of the university’s first 200 students since its transition to university status. AU Arts (AB)