November 11, 2021
UAAC-AAUC presents the 2021 Recognition and Lifetime Achievement Awards

UAAC-AAUC is proud to present the 2021 Recognition and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The 2021 Recognition Award was presented to long-time UAAC-AAUC member Anne Whitelaw, currently Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Professor, Art History at Concordia University. Anne has published extensively on the display of Canadian art at the National Gallery of Canada, the integration of Aboriginal art into the permanent displays of national museums, and the work of settler collectors in Canada. Her published works include Spaces and Places for Art: Making Art Institutions in Western Canada 1912–1990 (MQUP 2017) and she is co-editor with Brian Foss and Sandra Paikowsky of The Visual Arts in Canada: The Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2010). In addition to a highly distinguished academic career, she is a long-standing member of UAAC-AAUC, serving as President (2013–2016), Vice-President (2010–2013), and Prairie Representative (2009–2010), during which time the organization grew in membership and presence. Anne also served as the editor of the UAAC Journal (2002–2009). 


Our 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Sherry Farrell-Racette, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance at the University of Regina. She has also been active within Saskatchewan’s art community for many years, including serving as a board member and advisor to the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Sakewewak First Nations Artists’ Collective, the Mackenzie Art Gallery, and the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation. Sherry was a distinguished Visiting Indigenous Faculty Fellow, Jackman Humanities Institute, at the University of Toronto/Massey College Senior Resident Scholar. In 2009–2010, she was the Ann Ray Fellow at the School for Advanced Research—a nine-month scholar residency in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her writing can be found in publications such as History of Photography, Art Journal, Canadian Journal of Art History, and Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies. She has an active curatorial practice, which includes the forthcoming exhibit Kwaata-nihtaawakihk – A Hard birth at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (2022), co-curated with Cathy Mattes, in celebration of the Métis nation’s role in founding Manitoba.