Garry Neill Kennedy is one of Canada’s most prominent and pioneering contemporary artists. In addition to an extensive international exhibition history, Kennedy has also held the position of president of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for twenty-three years (1967-1990), establishing NSCAD University as a forerunner in art education. Recently, MIT Press invited Kennedy to author a book, The Last Art College, NSCAD (1968-1978) that chronicles the first ten years of his presidency. The National Gallery of Canada recently published Garry Neill Kennedy: Printed Matter, 1971 –2009. In 2003, Kennedy was a recipient of the Order of Canada and in 2004, was presented with the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.
Kennedy has had recent solo exhibitions at Printed Matter in New York City, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, Pickled Art Centre in Beijing, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto and at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. His work can also be found in numerous public and private collections including: Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), and the National Gallery of Canada.