East Van Cross artist Ken Lum receives honorary degree from SFU

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      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.

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      things Vancouverites should know about and see...

      Jun 12, 2015 at 1:03pm

      Did you know Ken Lum of the East Van sign is not the only Vancouver artist named Ken Lum?

      Well, let me tell you... there is another Ken Lum who has a fantastic story that is intertwined into a great documentary film about Vancouver's Chinatown. Directed by Julia Kwan and produced by NFB, this movie looks at the past, present and possible future for this historic neighbourhood. It even incorporates Bob Rennie where he perfectly conveys what he means to the city in his own words and actions.



      This Ken Lum is my favourite Ken Lum... his work is original, the risk he took speaks to amazing character and his story is truly inspiring. My perfect future for Vancouver would include more people like him and Julia.

      A real Vancouverite would see this movie...