Distinctions, Memberships & Archives

 

Helen Lucas has received many notable distinctions over the years…

 

Helen Lucas and Germaine Greer

Helen Lucas and Germaine Greer, York University 1999

Canadian Distinctions:

2012 – Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal – See Special Events page for more on this prestigious award.
2009 – Canadian Senior Citizen of the Year
 

Academic Distinctions:

University Of Saskatchewan:
In 2008 Helen Lucas donated to the Kinderline Gallery at the University of Saskatchewan two large paintings for the encouragement and development of emerging women in the arts in Saskatchewan.

York University:
In 1991 Helen Lucas donated over 400 works on paper and 27 paintings from her early black and white period to the Special Collections archives of the Scott Library at York University. Her works can be found hanging in Founders College, Atkinson College, the School of Women’s Studies, the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Canadian Woman Studies Journal as well as the offices of the Centre for Feminist Research.

These works were donated to York to acknowledge the people, departments and colleges who have advanced the causes of women’s development at York University. In addition, the archives at York have been and will continue to collect all of Helen Lucas’ papers (her press clippings, her correspondence…. anything that has to do with her life and work).

Simon Fraser University:
In 2002 three large paintings were donated to Simon Fraser University.

 

Materials on Helen Lucas are also collected by:

  • Frances Morrison Branch Library, Saskatoon Sask., 2000
  • Women’s Studies, York University – taped interviews, 1989
  • Forum – Calgary Women’s Writing Project – taped interviews, 1989
  • National Gallery of Canada Library, Documentation & Archives Section Ottawa, from 1980
  • Fine Art Section, Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library, from 1975
  • Saskatchewan Archives Board – taped interviews, 1975
  • Ontario College of Art, Toronto – taped interviews, 1973

 

Distinctions:

  • 2003 – York Region ‘In Celebration of Women’ Visual Arts Award
  • 1991 – Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) York University, Toronto
  • 1990 – Women Who Make a Difference, Award of Merit, Toronto
  • 1985 – YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Toronto
  • 1982 – Ontario Arts Council Grant
  • 1980 – Ontario Arts Council Grant
  • 1978 – Sheridan College Faculty Development Fund
  • 1976 – Ontario Arts Council Grant
  • 1975 – Woman of the Year, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario

Helen Lucas and Oscar Peterson 1991

Helen Lucas and Oscar Peterson 1991




 

Memberships:

  • 1988 – 1993 – Editorial Advisory Board, Canadian Woman Studies
  • 1984 – 1985 – Executive, Canadian Artists’ Representation Ontario
  • 1983 – 1984 – Advisory Board for CARO’s Guide to Professional
    Practice in the Visual Arts publications

 

Archives:

  • Frances Morrison Branch Library Saskatoon Sask., 2000
  • Works from Black & White Figurative Period – 28 Pieces in the Archives Special Collections of the Scott Library, York University, ¬†¬†¬†Ontario, 1998
  • All works on paper 1970 – 1980, in the Archives & Special Collections of the Scott Library, York University, Ontario, 1994
  • National Gallery of Canada Library, Documentation & Archives Section Ottawa, from 1980
  • Fine Art Section, Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library, from 1975
  • Women’s Studies, York University – taped interviews, 1989
  • Forum – Calgary Women’s Writing Project – taped interviews, 1989
  • Saskatchewan Archives Board – taped interviews, 1975
  • Ontario College of Art, Toronto – taped interviews, 1973