Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa
Susan Point is a renowned xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) artist and a leading influence in the emergence of contemporary Coast Salish Indigenous art.
Rooted in the rich culture and traditions of her people, her work continues to push artistic boundaries. Her paintings, sculptures, carvings, and more recent work with glass, concrete, bronze and mixed media have resulted in numerous prominent examples of public art that is instrumental in presenting xʷməθkʷəy̓əm’s traditions and culture on what is now Canada’s west coast.
Through symbolism and artistry, her work encourages attention, understanding and respect for the life-sustaining contributions of women in Coast Salish communities, and offers a connection point to Indigenous cultures for non-Indigenous people. While her art continues to evolve, Point’s values of family and respect for our connected human spirit endure and deliver an inspiring message of truth and reconciliation.
She is highly regarded for her artistic celebrations of family, creativity, individuality and equality. Leading by example, she serves as a living inspiration to others. Her children and many grandchildren are following her footsteps and cultivating individual talents as emerging artists.
As national symbols of recognition, she has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada and a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Susan Point is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, an Inspire Achievement Award, a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and a B.C. Creative Achievement Award.