Carleton Prof. Ruth Phillips, who is the Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture, has been honoured with one of this year’s Premier’s Discovery Award in the category of arts and humanities.
The prestigious awards recognize excellence in research for either a single discovery or a body of work on both domestic and international fronts.
Phillips, an art historian, received $250,000 to further her research. She is a curator and former museum director who has dedicated her career to furthering indigenous art.
“This is truly an outstanding achievement,” says Dr. Kim Matheson, vice-president of Research and International. “It is an excellent demonstration of the depth and importance of the research being conducted at Carleton and it is an excellent example of our research strength in global identities.”
In the early 1990s, Phillips was a member of the Task Force on Museums and First Nations and worked to develop new models of partnership between Canadian museums and Aboriginals.
As director of the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology in 1997, she secured a $43-million grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to expand and redesign the museum’s research infrastructure.
Phillips’ research work has been widely distributed and she has consulted at museums and universities in the U.S., Europe, India and Africa, including stints at both the University of Cambridge and Harvard.