Photo: Tim Forbes
On Saturday 26 October, the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) awarded Agnes Director Jan Allen the RCA Medal. Each year, the RCA acknowledges an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the social, financial or professional status of visual artists and designers, as a recipient of the RCA Medal.
Deeply invested in the transformative potential of visual culture, since 1992 Jan Allen has organized over 150 exhibitions of contemporary art, garnering awards, publishing widely, building collections, and introducing new forms of artistic and experiential-learning programs. While Director of the Agnes (since 2014), Allen has renewed artistic programs and built sustaining endowments, dramatically increasing participation.
The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts is an honourary organization of over 700 established professional artists and designers from all regions of Canada.