Professor's artwork added to Canada House collection

Posted: February 26, 2015 3:10 p.m.

Dr. Risa Horowitz stands next to her artwork now on permanent display at Canada House.
Dr. Risa Horowitz stands next to her artwork now on permanent display at Canada House. Photo courtesy of Andrew Wright

It was a memorable open house for Dr. Risa Horowitz. In the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Dr. Horowitz’s art work was unveiled in an event to celebrate the renovation of Canada House in London, England.

“What an amazing experience this has been,” says Dr. Horowitz, a professor in the Visual Arts Department.

“When the Department of Foreign Affairs purchased my work through my art dealer in Toronto, I had no idea that it would be for the permanent installation of artworks at Canada House.”

The ‘new’ Canada House celebrates the best of Canadian art. Dr. Horowitz’s work is one of dozens of new purchases added to the existing art collection at Canada House, located in London’s Trafalgar Square.  Dr. Horowitz was one of the artists invited to attend. Funding support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board made the trip possible.

Twenty pieces from Dr. Horowitz’s Trees of Canada series of acrylic paintings are now on display adjacent to the John A. Macdonald room. Throughout the building, meeting spaces and rooms are named for each of the provinces and territories. The Saskatchewan room features the work of local artists including Joe Fafard, who received an honorary degree from the University of Regina in 1989, and Kyle Herranen (MFA ’06).
 
“I am in great company,” says Dr. Horowitz. “The inclusion of my work is a deeply meaningful personal recognition of my contributions to the creation, collection and preservation of Canadian art. It is also an amazing honour to be in the company of talented artists, designers and architects who play a special role in showcasing the cultural richness and diversity of the country.”

Dr. Horowitz describes the event as one filled with “lively conversations” about art selection and curation with Canada’s High Commissioner Gordon Campbell and the former Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada John Baird.

As for the Queen, there was no conversation - but there was a moment.

“I stood before and shared a very long gaze with Her Majesty the Queen,” smiles Horowitz.

Dr. Horowitz joined the University of Regina’s Department of Visual Arts in 2011. She’s received numerous visual and media arts awards as well as the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship for her research in visual arts and practice-based scholarship.

To view the artists’ works at Canada House please visit:
www.canadahousecollection.co.uk/the-collection

More of Dr. Horowitz’s works can be seen on her website at: www.risahorowitz.com

The University of Regina’s Faculty of Fine Arts offers students opportunities to express and expand their ideas as artists through a range of creative media and modes. For information on our program offerings please visit: www.uregina.ca/finearts/