Vancouver-bred contemporary artist Kenneth Lum, whose works have challenged notions of identity in galleries and public spaces across the globe, is among this year’s winners of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.
The Canada Council for the Arts revealed the eight honourees Wednesday who will each receive a $25,000 prize for their contributions to Canadian creativity.
“Year after year, the winners have demonstrated how dynamic, exciting, and deeply relevant Canada’s visual and media arts scene truly is,” Simon Brault, director and CEO of the Canada Council, said in a statement.
Lum, the chair of fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design in Philadelphia, won the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award for his body of work spanning photography, performance art and public installations over three decades.
He was hailed as a “living national treasure” in his citation for the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award.