The Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (RCA) inducted twenty four new members on May 21st, 2010 during the RCA's Annual General Assembly in Québec City. At this gala celebration in the historic Chateau Frontenac, four craftspeople were honoured for their artistic contributions to Canadian culture.
These inductees included Lou Lynn, a glass and metal artist based in British Columbia, Chantal Gilbert, a Saidye Bronfman Award winning metal artist from Quebec, Janice Wright-Cheney, a textile artist from New Brunswick, and Robert Jekyll, a Toronto-based stained glass artist. This distinctive award highlights the excellence and innovation found in their individual artistic practices.
The CCF/FCMA is proud to boast a connection to these talented artisans. Lou Lynn, Chantal Gilbert and Janice Wright-Cheney were all included in our major international project, the 'Unity & Diversity' exhibition in Cheongju, South Korea, during the 2009 Cheongju
International Craft Biennale. Chantal Gilbert was also engaged with the CCF/FCMA Board of Directors through her position as the President of the Conseil des métiers d'art du Québec for nine years. Robert Jekyll is one of the founding board members of the CCF/FCMA.
As the President and Past-President of the organization, he was essential in the development of the collaborative process which we honour to this day.
The Canadian Crafts Federation / Fédération canadienne des métiers d'art joins the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in congratulating these artists for their accomplishments.
The RCA is one of Canada’s most enduring cultural institutions. Established in 1880, today’s Academy is composed of over 700 established professionals working across Canada in 20 visual arts disciplines; from painting and sculpture to architecture, design, fine craft, photography and filmmaking.