Hart House Unveils Portrait

Portrait of Louise Cowin

Hart House Unveils Official Portrait of Former Warden, Dr. Louise Cowin

Hart House is proud to announce the unveiling of a portrait of Dr. Louise Cowin, the tenth Warden of Hart House. Dr. Cowin’s portrait hangs in the Great Hall of Hart House along with those of her predecessors dating back
to 1919.

Dr. Cowin ended her term as Hart House Warden in 2011. She is known for reinterpreting the Hart House Founders Prayers into an updated Vision Statement that more closely reflects today’s campus demographics. She went on to become Vice President, Students at the University of British Columbia. Louise was a tenure stream professor at Queen’s and Dalhousie Universities, and has held a variety of university administrative roles, including Director of Student Services and the School-University Partnerships Office at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Canadian artist Kent Monkman was chosen as the official portrait painter, and through a process of consultation with Dr. Cowin and Barbara Fischer, Director/Curator of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, chose to reinterpret the well-known painting by British artist Frances Anne Hopkins, Shooting the Rapids from 1879, which now resides in the collection of Library and Archives Canada.

About The Artist
Artist Kent Monkman’s paintings often mine Canadian and American landscape traditions as a way to critically reframe ideas of indigeneity and queer sexuality. Monkman has created site-specific performances at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, The Royal Ontario Museum and at Compton Verney, which were made into Super 8 films that he calls “Colonial Art Space Interventions.” Monkman has exhibited widely within Canada and internationally, including We Come in Peace: Histories of the Americas at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and The American West at Compton Verney in Warwickshire, England. His work is well represented in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.