Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 01, 2009 17:13 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the Death of Micheline Beauchemin

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2009) - It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of renowned painter and fibre artist Micheline Beauchemin.

Micheline Beauchemin made her mark by using new materials and cutting-edge technologies to create her works, which are on display at the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization, as well as in institutions in the United States, Europe and Japan. The acrylic curtain she created for the Theatre Maisonneuve at Montreal's Place des Arts and the curtain at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa are among her best-known works.

Ms. Beauchemin was the recipient of several awards and honours, including the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, the Prix Paul-Emile Borduas, the title of Officer of the Order of Canada, and an honorary doctorate in arts from Universite Laval. She was also elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Micheline Beauchemin.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications