2016 Convocation celebrates a year of firsts + a thriving creative community


Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism, alumni Chad VanGaalen, and faculty speaker Katie Ohe to address students

We will be honouring the Class of 2016 during their Convocation ceremony on Thursday, May 19 at 1 p.m., at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
Following the ceremony, there will be a reception and the opening of the 2016 Grad Show at 4 p.m.at the college, followed by an opening reception for the 2016 Grad Show at 4 p.m. at the IKG.

The Year in Review

The 2015/2016 school year has been a trailblazing one with one of the largest ever class of First Year students, the inaugural cohort of MFA students, strides in institutional sustainability planning and a long list of awards celebrating our alumni, students and staff. 
“Just yesterday we heard the fantastic news that four of our recent alumni will receive the Alberta Lieutenant Governor Emerging Artist Awards,” said President + CEO, Daniel Doz.
Doz continued, “As we celebrate 190 new graduands they will join an extended family of incredible artists like retired faculty Jane Kidd, who was awarded the Governor General Award in Visual and Media Arts, Saidye Bronfman Award this year, and alumni and faculty member Chris Cran who is opening a major retrospective of his work Sincerely Yours surveying 40 years of his artistic production this week at the National Gallery in Ottawa.”
Kidd’s Governor General Award is the fourth Governor General Award bestowed to ACAD’s faculty or alumni in six years and the eighth since the Canada Council for the Arts created the awards in 1999. ACAD has received more Governor General Awards than any other institutions in Canada.
Doz finished, “These tremendous achievements of ACAD’s community of artists combined with record breaking sales on campus from ACADSA’s Show + Sale demonstrate that even in economic tough times, Calgarians recognize the critical value of art and ACAD’s tangible contributions to the economic and cultural prosperity of Alberta.

The Ceremony

The Honorable Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism and MLA for Calgary-Cross will bring greetings from the Province of Alberta, followed by a keynote address to the graduates sure to be a memorable one delivered by alumni, musician and delightfully unpredictable artist Chad VanGaalen.
Our faculty Speaker will be the indomitable Katie Ohe. Although retired in 2001, the much loved sculpture instructor has taught her final class this year and will be turning her passion and dedication full time to developing a legacy in the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Center and Sculpture Park.
Student Speaker Joel Matthew Warkentin, BFA (Sculpture) 2016 has been selected by the class of 2016 to share an address and parting words to his fellow graduands.
Ryan Sluggett, BFA (Painting) 2003, will be awarded the ACAD Board of Governors’ Alumni Award of Excellence. The Award recognizes the truly outstanding accomplishments of an ACAD alumnus who has earned national or international prominence as a result of their outstanding professional/ artistic achievements and/or service to society.
In addition to celebrating the graduating class of 2016, we are proud to share the news that we are nearing completion of The Lodgepole Center, an Indigenous Gathering Place at ACAD.
The naming and blessing of the Lodgepole Center (specifically named to reflect the supportive nature of the lodgepole pine traditionally placed at the epicenter in a lodge and ceremony) is an integral step in a multiyear endeavor stewarded by ACAD’s Student Services, Administration staff and Aboriginal Liaison Interim, Tamara Himmelspach. Construction will be in full swing this summer as the resource centre plans to open its doors in the fall of 2016 with a blessing ceremony to start.
As visitors explore the Grad Show after the convocation ceremony, Elder advisor, Casey Eagle Speaker and members from ACAD’s Aboriginal Students Club will be available for conversations on May 19, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Lodgepole Center can be found in Room 375, entrance off the mail mall and up the first landing for viewing during its final developmental stages. 
Congratulations to the class of 2016!