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Charles Pachter to receive honorary degree at U of T

June 8, 2010

TORONTO, ON. – The University of Toronto will honour Charles Pachter, one of Canada’s most distinguished and internationally recognized contemporary artists, on Monday, June 14 at 2:30 p.m. with an honorary doctor of laws degree in recognition of his outstanding artistic achievements and his contributions to our understanding of modern Canada.

Pachter, a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian and lecturer has work hanging in public and private collections around the world. His images of the Queen, moose, and maple leaf are pop icons of Canadian contemporary art. Pachter’s flag paintings hang in the Prime Minister’s residence in Ottawa, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, the Parliament Buildings, and in the Embassy of France in Ottawa. His steel and granite moose structures have been installed across Canada, including two on the University of Toronto campus.  His work combines remarkable artistic imagination with commentary on the Canadian human condition.

Pachter is a graduate in art history from the University of Toronto (UC 1964) and in French literature from the Sorbonne.  He also holds a master’s degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the USA.  He is a member of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters and a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee medal.

Members of the media are invited to attend the convocation ceremony, but seating is very limited and advance confirmation of attendance is required. Please RSVP to U of T media relations at 416-978-0100 no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, June 11.

WHAT:          Charles Pachter to receive honorary degree at spring convocation.

WHEN:          Monday, June 14 at 2:30 p.m. Media need to RSVP in advance and should arrive no later than 2:15 p.m. to ensure seating. 

WHERE:        University of Toronto, Convocation Hall, 31 King’s College Circle.

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For more information and to RSVP:

Media Relations at 416-978-0100