Celebrated artist David Woods to receive honorary degree at Fall Convocation

- October 28, 2022

Artist David Woods, Fall 2022 honorary degree recipient.
Artist David Woods, Fall 2022 honorary degree recipient.

Convocation is one of the most celebratory times of year for Dalhousie University. Twice a year, the university community gathers to celebrate a huge milestone in the academic journey of its students.

This November, Dalhousie will host four Convocation ceremonies over two days — Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2 — in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium of the Dal Arts Centre.

At Wednesday morning's ceremony (Nov. 2), celebrated artist David Woods will be recognized for his achievements with an honorary degree from the university.

Honorary degrees are awarded to individuals across a wide range of disciplines and achievements. They recognize people who have shown inspirational leadership; oustanding contributions to a field or discipline of study or a non‐academic area of achievement; and/or outstanding achievement at or contributions to Dalhousie. Candidates are reviewed and recommended by the Senate Honorary Degrees Committee and approved by the university Senate.

For more on David Woods, read his biography below. And for more on Fall Convocation, visit the Convocation website. Watch for profiles of some of our Fall graduates next week on Dal News.

Mr. David Ainsley Woods

Artist, community builder and curator of African Nova Scotian stories

David Woods’s self-taught artistic pursuits include poetry, acting, directing, playwriting, painting and even quilting. But he is also a researcher and community builder who pictures possibility in all theatres of society and, through colour and collaboration, conjures it into existence. Mr. Woods creations, performances and works have frequently touched upon essential stories of the African Nova Scotian and African Canadian experience, including the current national tour of his curated exhibition of African Nova Scotian quilts, The Secret Code.

As associate curator of the Nova Scotia Art Gallery, he mounted the first ever exhibit on African Canadian visual art. He has founded many longstanding arts and cultural groups including the Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia, the New Brunswick Black Artists Alliance and the Cultural Awareness Youth Group of Nova Scotia. And his research work has shone a spotlight on undertold stories of the African Canadian experience, from landscape painter Edward Mitchell Bannister to the now-famous story of civil rights activist Viola Desmond.

Mr. Woods is a past recipient of the Nova Scotia Poetry Award and the George Elliott Clark Literary Award and in 2017 received the prestigious Harry Jerome Award for Arts and Entertainment. This is his first honorary degree.


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