Queen's Medal Award
Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal


July, 2002. Ken Danby has been awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. In the words of the Governor General's office, "This medal is given to those people who, over the past 50 years, have helped create the Canada of today. Recipients will be Canadian citizens who have made an outstanding and exemplary contribution to the community or to Canada as a whole."

Ken was previously a recipient of the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977.

Ken Danby: 1969 - 2000

An exhibition of works on loan and from the Gallery's collection

Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
358 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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Rainbow Study

Works in the exhibition included Rainbow Study, a watercolour generously donated to the gallery by Robinson & Company, a well-known Guelph accounting firm. Robinson's donation was in recognition of the artist's recent awards; the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

The Order of Canada

Order of CanadaJanuary 14, 2002. Ottawa - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, today announced that Ken Danby has been appointed to the Order of Canada. Although only announced today, his appointment is in effect as of October 18, 2001.

The Order of Canada recognizes people who have made a difference to our country. From local citizens to national and international personalities, all Canadians are eligible for the Order of Canada, our country's highest honour for lifetime achievement.

The following statement about Ken Danby is from the official Governor General's announcement:

"He is one of our nation's foremost realist painters. His images, which depict familiar and cherished Canadian themes, have earned him an international following. His work is displayed in major public collections such as those of the National Gallery of Canada, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, as well as in numerous private and corporate collections. A strong advocate for the arts in education, he has championed this cause in many of his volunteer positions, including board member for national arts organizations and guest speaker." 

The Order of Ontario

December 4, 2001. Ken Danby has been invested in the Order of Ontario, the province's highest and most prestigious honour, by the Honourable Hilary M. Weston, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The black tie ceremony took place at Queen's Park, Toronto, on December 4th.

The Order of Ontario recognizes and honours those who have enriched the lives of others by attaining the highest standards of excellence and achievement in their respective fields (Government of Ontario news release).

A total of 27 recipients from across the province were selected for this honour in 2001, by a special advisory committee chaired by the Chief Justice of Ontario, the Honourable R. Roy McMurtry.

OCAD Presentation

December 4, 2001. The Ontario College of Art & Design and President Ron Shuebrook celebrated its 125th anniversary by hosting an evening with Ken Danby. In words and images, Ken Danby discussed his career in conversation with Pamela Wallin, Canada's most recognized celebrity interviewer. A cocktail reception followed.

Ontario College of Art and Design

Ken Danby Pamela Wallin Ron Shuebrook

Arnot Museum selects work

August, 2001. Looking Ahead, a watercolour by Ken Danby was selected for an important annual exhibition of realist art. Re-presenting Representation V was open from October 13, 2001 to February 24, 2002 at the Arnot Art Museum, 235 Lake Street, Elmira, NY 14901. Tel: 607-734-3697

2001 Media Activity

Many television, radio and newspaper interviews were conducted with Ken Danby across the country in the past few months, especially for the Calgary Stampede project and following the announcement of the Wayne Gretzky retirement portrait. These included a number of TV news crews providing coverage directly from the artist's studio, as well as live radio broadcast interviews from as far away as the Yukon Territory.

Selected to Represent Canada

June 2001. International Artist Magazine polled the Canadian public for the "best and most well known Canadian artist." Time and again, the answer was Ken Danby. As a result, Danby was invited to represent Canada for the magazine's Ask the Masters series. International Artist Magazine is published in Australia, printed in the United States and circulated world-wide.

Commissioned by CTV

January 2001. Danby was commissioned by CTV to create a major portrait of recently retired executive Douglas G. Bassett. The resulting work, an extraordinary painting in egg tempera, is displayed in the reception area of CFTO Television, the network's flagship station in Toronto.


The Burlington Art Centre

June 2000. Ken Danby accepted an invitation to participate in a major exhibition at the Burlington Art Centre. The summer long exhibition at the public gallery was entitled "Fragile Embrace: Reflections on the Environment," and generated both considerable media coverage and public attendance. Ken's painting, 'Tidal Basin' was one of the works selected for use on promotional materials.

Nominated for Canada's Walk of Fame

May 2000. Ken Danby was nominated for a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. Although the first-ever visual artist category was ultimately awarded to Quebec's Jean-Paul Riopelle, it was reported in the press that Danby received "the most nomination votes," of any visual artist.

CBC's 'Life and Times'

Created in 1998 and rebroadcast occasionally. CBC's prime-time program, 'Life and Times' entitled 'Ken Danby: Behind the Mask'. Produced and directed by Brian Vallee, this one-hour special offered an indepth look at the career of the artist, from his earliest days as a child in Sault Ste. Marie up to the opening of his latest exhibition 'Ken Danby: New Paintings'.


Champion of the Heritage Coast

January 2000. Ken Danby was named a Champion of the Great Lakes Heritage Coast by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Ontario Government. Identified by the Ministry as "Canada's most famous realist painter," Danby joined with other luminaries such as Pierre Berton, Bobby Orr, and Roberta Bondar in being featured in publications, videos and media events as a spokesperson for the protection of our natural environment along the Heritage Coast.

The Trans Canada Trail Book

January 2000. Ken Danby was asked to contribute a written essay to the special commemorative book, Trans Canada Trail, along with such other "distinguished Canadians" as Adrienne Clarkson, Oscar Peterson and Lloyd Robertson, to celebrate the longest recreational trail on the planet. The 16,000 km trail, which winds its way across the entire country and joins the three coasts, was officially inaugurated in September with the publication of this superlative book.

Manitoba Art Expo '99

November 5 to 7, 1999. Ken Danby accepted the honour of being the 'featured artist' at 1999's Manitoba Art Expo, a major art festival held in support of The Rainbow Society (a wish fulfilment charity for seriously ill children). The fundraising efforts focused on Danby's print, 'Bobby Orr - Garden of Dreams', but the expo displayed other prints and some recent original works as well.

Ken Danby at Brock University

March 24, 1999. Ken Danby was invited to be this year's Canadian Studies guest speaker at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.

Record Breaking Exhibition

November 24, 1998, Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Toronto.

The exhibition, 'Ken Danby: New Paintings' closed following four weeks of ever-increasing response. It was one of the most popular exhibitions of recent memory, with over 10,000 people attending - a new record for the gallery. It also set a new Canadian record for a living artist.

The following publications (and others) carried full-colour major stories on Ken Danby during 1998.

Globe and Mail Toronto Star
Toronto Sun Kitchener Waterloo Record
London Free Press Ottawa Citizen
Guelph Mercury Community Life Magazine
Now Magazine, Toronto     d'Art magazine
CARP News Calgary Sun

  The exhibition, 'Ken Danby: New Paintings' Official opening and ribbon cutting

The Toronto Sun

August 1998. The Toronto Sun became the official media sponsor.

General Motors

August 1998. General Motors of Canada Limited announced its sponsorship of the exhibition.

Pamela Wallin

October 23, 1998. Pamela Wallin again featured Ken Danby on her prime-time television show, this time with the composer, Marvin Hamlisch, in a discussion about the importance of the arts in education.

City of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Celebration

July 16-17, 1998. Ken Danby attended 'Homecoming', a ten-day celebration of the spirit of community in Sault Ste. Marie. Together with some 70 'Sault Achievers', such as Dr. Roberta Bondar, Morley Torgov, Justice Susan Lang and Ted Nolan, Danby was honoured at a banquet attended by 1,200 guests. The following morning he participated in a workshop for youth, providing insights toward the arts.

Toronto Sun

July 9, 1998. Peter Worthington, in his popular Toronto Sun column, raised the issue of what constitutes 'art', specifically contemporary art as it appears in many publicly funded galleries. Ken Danby, Robert Bateman and George McLean were featured as examples of successful and well-known Canadian painters.

CBC Newsworld Television Network

July 2, 1998. 'Pamela Wallin', the celebrity interview program, rebroadcast its one-hour prime time interview with Ken Danby (originally aired January 30, 1998).

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