Leonard Paul – Doctor of Humanities (’91, ’24)


Leonard Paul has a passion for symbolic art and literature. The intersection of those two interests were explored initially while obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax in the early 1970s, and later at Acadia while honing his unique style and philosophy of painting.

His watercolour career covers over four decades of wilderness travels, and the artwork is dynamic, memorable and exacting, informed by his humanism and abiding love and appreciation of nature. It has been featured in more than 35 exhibitions nationally and internationally and is represented in numerous prominent collections.

Descended from a line of great Chiefs who have played a major role in shaping the Mi'kmaw community we know today, Paul considers himself fortunate to be Mi'kmaq First Nation. With a strong cultural background and having been raised in the dominant society, he has found a wealth of artistic opportunities that have sustained his creativity and afforded him numerous awards and accolades, including the highest honour in visual arts in Canada, the Governor General Medal, a CAA Public Communications Award, and as a Bruce William Memorial Silver Fox Wildlife Art National Competition winner to name just a few.

Leonard Paul will convocate on Thursday, May 16, at 10:00 a.m.