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OCAD alumnus and former faculty member receive

Saidye Bronfman and Governor General’s Awards

Glass artist Kevin Lockau. Photo: Martin Lipman, Canada Council for the Arts

Glass artist Kevin Lockau. Photo: Martin Lipman, Canada Council for the Arts.
TORONTO, March 25, 2009—Glass sculptor and OCAD alumnus Kevin Lockau, and sculptor, musician and performer Nobuo Kubota, a former OCAD faculty member, will be presented with 2009 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts tonight in Ottawa.

The Canada Council of the Arts made the announcement yesterday. Lockau and Kubota join seven other laureates receiving awards this year. Lockau will receive the Saidye Bronfman Award, which recognizes excellence in the fine crafts. Kubota will be recognized with an award for artistic achievement. The accolades are considered the highest Canadian honours in their respective fields.

Governor General Michaëlle Jean will present Lockau and Kubota with their awards at a ceremony at Rideau Hall tonight at 6 p.m. ET. In addition to a $25,000 cash prize, the recipients will each receive a work created by printmaker Kenojuak Ashevak, winner of a 2008 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that two of the nine recipients of this year’s Governor General’s Awards come from the OCAD community,” said OCAD President Sara Diamond, who will attend tonight’s ceremony. “Kevin and Nobuo’s contributions to the visual and media arts in Canada are so deserving of this recognition, and I look forward to congratulating them in person on behalf of our university.”

Over his career, Kevin Lockau, who graduated from OCAD in 1986, has transformed the landscape of Canadian glass art. He invented three hot glass–casting techniques, producing a unique material from which he creates fascinating sculptures that combine animal, natural and human forms. In addition to his contributions as an artist, he played an important role in developing the glass studio at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, where he taught for 20 years.

Nobuo Kubota. Photo: Martin Lipman, Canada Council for the Arts

Former OCAD faculty member Nobuo Kubota. Photo: Martin Lipman, Canada Council for the Arts.
Nobuo Kubota has been contributing to Canadian art for over 40 years as musician, sculptor and performer. He taught in OCAD’s Faculty of Art for almost 25 years before retiring in 1998. An early member of the Artists Jazz Band and the Canadian Creative Music Collective (CCMC), he is known for his extended vocal techniques and sound poetry.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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