Recognition Award

Lora Senechal Carney receives 2017 UAAC-AAUC Recognition Award

Established in 2010, the UAAC-AAUC Recognition Award acknowledges members and non-members who have demonstrated their unselfish and devoted service to our association and their commitment to our profession’s ideals. Past recipients of the award are: Catherine Harding & Allister Neher (2010); Mary & Alan Hughes (2011); Barbara Winters (2012); Brian Foss (2013); David McTavish (2014); Joyce Zemans (2015); and Nicole Dubreuil (2016). In honour of the UAAC-AAUC conference’s 50th anniversary, the board has decided that, starting this year, a lifetime membership in the association will accompany this award.

Lora Senechal Carney

It gave the board enormous pleasure to announce at the association’s annual general meeting that the recipient of the UAAC-AAUC Recognition Award for 2017 is Lora Senechal Carney. A member of our association for many years (too many to remember, she says), Lora joined the RACAR editorial team in 2008 (with a brief hiatus the following year to co-edit, with Édith-Anne Pageot, the special issue “Landscape, Cultural Spaces, Ecology”). Alongside Brian Foss and Nicole Dubreuil, Lora opened the journal to increasingly diverse topics, including an interest in contemporary issues. After finishing her mandate as editor in 2016, she became English language reviews editor and continues to use that platform to expand the reviews section and raise the visibility of Canadian scholars in the fields of art, design and architecture history. She also has chaired or co-chaired numerous sessions at the UAAC-AAUC annual conference over the years.

Outside of her involvement in the association and its journal, she participates fully and generously in our community. A popular and sympathetic teacher at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus, where she taught for many years and chaired its Division of Humanities, Lora was named associate professor emerita on her retirement in 2013. As a historian of modern and contemporary art, she collaborated with established colleagues and mentored countless emerging scholars, always with intellectual generosity and genuine curiosity about their scholarship. She continues to write on a wide range of topics, from the awkward intersection of modernism and folk art in the Québec of the early twentieth century (“Modernists and Folk on the Lower St Lawrence: The Problem of Folk Art,” 2001) to the reception and rhetoric of Washington’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial (“Not Telling Us What to Think: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” 1993), to contemporary art’s potential for ecological intervention (“Ecology and the Ethics and Aesthetics of Collaboration: The Case of Nine Mile Run,” 2010).

Like many of our members, Lora is not one to rest on her laurels: her latest publication is the book Canadian Painters in a Modern World, 1925–1955: Writings and Reconsiderations, which has just been released by McGill-Queen’s University Press and will have its official launch Friday November 10 from 6 to 8 pm at Ben McNally Books in Toronto. A bit further down the road, with Dominic Hardy and Annie Gérin, Lora is co-editing Sketches from an Unquiet Country: Canadian Graphic Satire 1840-1940, due out from MQUP in spring 2018. We are grateful to Lora for her many contributions to the association and our community, and look forward to her continued participation for many years to come.

UAAC-AAUC Recognition Awards Recipients

Catherine Harding & Allister Neher

Mary & Alan Hughes

Barbara Winters

Brian Foss

David McTavish

Joyce Zemans

Nicole Dubreuil

Lora Senechal Carney