Artist and educator Ken Lum is receiving an honorary degree from Simon Fraser University at this morning’s convocation ceremony.
Lum, an SFU alumnus, is known worldwide for his conceptual and representational art, which takes the form of sculpture, multimedia pieces, photo art, painting, and text. In his hometown, he's perhaps best-known for his iconic Monument for East Vancouver, the glowing cross that overlooks False Creek Flats by Clark Drive. But he's also created other public art here and around the world, from 2005's A Tale of Two Children: A Work for Strathcona installed in the City of Vancouver's Public Works Yard and the intricate temporary installation from shangri-la to shangri-la at Vancouver Art Gallery's Offsite to pieces in Austria, Switzerland, and Toronto.
Lum has also taught at places like the China Academy of Art, Amsterdam's Rijksakademie, and the California College of Arts in San Francisco.
The other recipient today is teacher, volunteer, and founding chair of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Maggie Ip, recognized with an honorary degree at the afternoon ceremony.