ACAD Congratulates Jane Kidd on her Governor General Award
The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to Jane Kidd receiving the 2016 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Jane is the recipient of the Saidye Bronfman Award which recognizes excellence in craft. She was born in Victoria British Columbia Canada and taught at ACAD in Calgary, Alberta for more than 30 years.
Kidd has worked almost exclusively in woven tapestry, a reflection of her fondness for “the process of handwork” and her commitment to weaving as a “compelling medium” for “developing content through imagery.” Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Japan, Poland and Hungary.
Jane engages in an intimate process and employs a physical language to establish links with the viewer through her work. She creates contemporary objects that convey a deep engagement with the natural world and draw our attention to our constantly renegotiated relationship with it.
As well, Jane’s work is in private and public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Alberta Art Foundation, and The Canadian Museum of Civilization. Jane currently lives on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia and maintains an active studio practice.
ACAD has more Governor General Award winning Alumni + Faculty than any other post-secondary institution in Canada with eight recipients. The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts were created in 1999 by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada. Over the past 16 years, the awards have celebrated Canada’s vibrant arts community and recognized remarkable careers in the visual and media arts.