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Announcing ECU’s 2023 Honorary Degree and Emily Award Recipients

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(L to R): Paul Wong. (Photo by Phillip Chin / courtesy Paul Wong) | Zadie Xa. (Photo by Artifacts / courtesy Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery) | Glenn Lewis. (Photo by Perrin Grauer)

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By Emily Carr University

Posted on April 20, 2023 | Updated April 21, 2023, 11:45am

This year’s recipients will receive their honours during ECU’s convocation ceremony on May 10.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s May Convocation ceremony will see artist and educator Glenn Lewis and artist, curator and arts organizer Paul Wong awarded honorary degrees in recognition of their notable achievements.

Additionally, this year’s Emily Award will be presented to visual artist Zadie Xa, who graduated from ECU in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

“It’s my great pleasure to bestow this year’s Honorary Degrees and Emily Award on these three outstanding artists,” says ECU President + Vice-Chancellor Gillian Siddall.

“Each of them has dedicated their practice to revealing and honouring invisible communities, traditions and histories. They are exemplary practitioners whose commitment and depth continue to expand the limits of what is possible within their respective disciplines and beyond. We are all richer for their contributions to the arts.”

All three will receive their honours during ECU’s convocation ceremony on May 10, 2023.

Each year the Honorary Degree Program celebrates and recognizes the commitment, dedication, and service of individuals who are distinguished by their significant contributions and sustained creative and philanthropic achievements in their areas of expertise.

The annual Emily Award Program recognizes the outstanding achievements of members of the alumni community whose creative pursuits in the arts, media and design have brought honour to the university.


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