|Honorary Degree recipient, Nik Semenoff, 2006 (University Secretary scans)|
Convocation date: May 23, 2006
Discipline / contribution: art
Citation / biographical information:
Nik Semenoff was born and educated in Saskatchewan, and is an outstanding researcher, artist, teacher and inventor.Degree received: Doctor of Letters
Nik Semenoff has taught at the University of Saskatchewan and has been Artist-in-Residence since 1992. His cutting-edge, original research into safer printmaking processes has placed the University of Saskatchewan in the forefront of non-toxic printmaking research and education.
Nik Semenoff has invented a number of printmaking processes, in particular the "waterless lithographic process", high resolution screenprinting and specialized inks, which have made major contributions to his discipline. Printmaking is both safer and less expensive using the techniques and materials developed by Professor Semenoff. Considered revolutionary, his work has generated considerable interest in the international printmaking community, and Nik has been regularly invited to present the results of his research at academic conferences and workshops. He has been invited to conduct workshops at universities, art centres, professional printmaking studios and academic conferences in Hong Kong, Japan, and the United States as well as in Canada. In 2004 he was invited for three weeks to give a series of talks and workshops throughout japan from a special grant of the Japanese Government.
An exceptional and generous educator, Professor Semenoff is sought out by students and proponents of printmaking who wish to benefit from his new and innovating ways of working with print, and to be guided and inspired by his energetic instruction, critiques and passion for the medium. Professor Semenoff has published his research findings in such refereed academic journals as Leonardo: Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology and the British journal Printmaking Today, and he maintains a popular web site where papers on his most recent discoveries and processes are posted. His papers have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Italian and Romanian.
Amongst the numerous awards and honours that he has received, the Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and being included in the University of Toronto's Canadian Who’s Who are the most prestigious.
Nik Semenoff is known and respected as a "local" artist and has long been active in and supportive of the provincial artistic community, which in turn speaks highly of the quality of his work and his unselfish sharing of his achievements. He was a founding member of the Saskatchewan Society of Artists and served as its President in 1962. He was a founding member of Gallery 9 in Saskatoon and has been a Board Member of the Mendel Art Gallery. He served as Associate Director of the Fine Art Committee of the Saskatoon Industrial Exhibition for a number of years.
Nik Semenoff's innovations in all areas of printmaking-Lithography, Silkscreen and Intaglio-are exceptional, and his tireless and outstanding work as a researcher and educator are truly worthy of significant recognition.
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