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2015 Honorary Doctor of Letters Recipient

Arthur Vickers, OBC, DFA

Arthur Vickers, OBCArthur Vickers is an artist, storyteller and philanthropist. It has been said that he is a living treasure of the Province of British Columbia. Born in BC, Vickers spent his early years in the coastal Tsimshian Village of Kitkatla. Vickers’ mother was of English and Canadian heritage and his father was of Heiltsuk, Tsimshian and Haida First Nations ancestry. Vickers says that this blend of cultural influences provides him with a particular insight and passion that expresses itself in each of his works.

Through his incredible and deeply refined works that draw on his profound knowledge of nature and the interconnectedness of all life, Vickers is creating powerful and unforgettable works.  Extraordinarily sensitive, highly distinctive and totally impressive, his artistry and techniques are contemporary and individualistic. Transforming traditional designs into breathtaking works of modern art, Vickers draws his inspiration from his deep appreciation of his personal history and heritage.

Major works include the “Leadership Desk” now installed in the office of BC’s Lieutenant Governor, the Eagle Aerie Gallery in Tofino a traditional longhouse designed gallery and Intangible Heritage, created in 24 karat gold leaf it tells the story of how our greatest ancestors reach down through the ages and touch our lives and the lives of the next generation. ¬†On loan to the Royal BC Museum as part of an exhibit that highlights the allure of gold, the exhibit will travel t to China and Ottawa.

In recognition of his art, his many contributions to charities and helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and his role in sustaining and celebrating First Nations heritage, Vickers received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in 2006. In 2008 he received the Order of British Columbia also he received a Distinguished Alumni award from Camosun College in 2010.