Ottawa, Ontario, October 6, 2016 — The Canadian War Museum congratulates historian Laura Brandon on the occasion of her investiture as Member into the Order of Canada, in recognition of her work as Canada’s leading authority on war art. The ceremony took place on September 23 at Rideau Hall, presided over by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
“Laura Brandon’s body of work has been instrumental in shaping Canadians’ perceptions of war through art and artistic interpretation,” said Stephen Quick, Director General of the Canadian War Museum. “The exhibitions and publications she worked on while at the War Museum offered a compelling perspective of the realities of conflict and the human condition.”
The Order of Canada was created in 1967, Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 6,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
Laura Brandon joined the Canadian War Museum in 1992 as Historian, Art and War. During her time at the Museum, she curated close to 40 exhibitions, including A Brush with War – Military Art from Korea to Afghanistan, the award-winning Canvas of War and Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War, which is currently on display at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is the author of the award-winning biography Pegi by Herself: The Life of Pegi Nicol MacLeod, Canadian Artist (2005), Art or Memorial? The Forgotten History of Canada’s War Art (2006) and the internationally respected Art and War (2007), a survey of Western war art. Dr. Brandon retired from the Museum in 2015. She continues to work in the field of war art.
The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. Its mission is to promote public understanding of Canada’s military history in its personal, national, and international dimensions. Work of the Canadian War Museum is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.