Paikowsky, who received her BA from Sir George Williams University in 1967, was named to the Order of Canada for her contributions to the development of Canadian art history as a discipline.
“It is an absolute thrill to have received the Order of Canada and a complete surprise,” says Paikowsky, who retired in 2010 after 41 years as a faculty member in the Department of Art History. “I’m still in a bit of a shock.”
“At the same time, it's an honour that I want to share with everyone I collaborated with at the Journal of Canadian Art History, the Department of Art History and the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia, and the former Concordia Art Gallery, as well as colleagues and friends everywhere,” she adds.
“I have had a wonderful career and I am still involved with major projects that continue, as always, to give me great joy.”
Scholar, curator and publisher
Paikowsky’s contributions to the development of Canadian art history are numerous and ongoing.
“I think the number one thing behind my appointment might be my editing and publishing the Journal of Canadian Art History, which was the first of its kind and continues to be so,” says Paikowsky, who is the first distinguished fellow of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia. The institute works to initiate national and international conversations about historical and contemporary forms of Canadian art and visual culture.
“But then I have also done a great number of exhibitions of Canadian art from various time periods and various places and various artists,” she says. “I’m pleased that I’ve been able to write about different aspects of Canadian art, especially painting and how artists interacted at different times and different places.”
Paikowsky co-founded the Journal of Canadian Art History/Annales d'histoire de l'art canadien in 1974. She was the managing editor until 2010 and the publisher until 2012. She remains a member of the journal's editorial board.