Brenda MacEachern - 2007 Recipient
Curator, Richard and Beryl Ivey Visual Resources Library, Department of Visual Arts
There is no exaggeration in saying Brenda MacEachern, virtually single-handed, has made the Richard and Beryl Ivey Visual Resources Library what it is today.
Part of the Department of Visual Arts for more than 37 years, MacEachern has helped construct an image bank embracing more than 150,000 works of art from all media and cultures, arguably one of the best collections in the country.
“She has far exceeded the ‘norms’ of her job description, making the Department of Visual Arts an exciting place to be,” says Art History Professor Kathryn Brush. “I am certainly not the only person at Western who has profited over the years from Brenda’s creative and collaborative thinking.”
In the early 1990s, when the John Labatt Visual Arts Building was conceived, it was MacEachern who largely designed the layout of the new library. It has since been ranked by the Visual Resources Association as one of the 10 most beautiful visual resources facilities in North America – and the only Canadian facility on the list.
“Everyone who is familiar with Brenda knows that she defines the success of the Ivey Library,” says Professor Sonia Halpern, Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research. “She creates powerful memories for those who have sought her daily assistance.”
MacEachern, a recipient of numerous awards recognizing her commitment to Western, is now initiating and implementing a digital assets management system for teaching and research.
“Faculty, staff and students in the Visual Arts Department have been congratulating me about receiving this award,” says an overwhelmed MacEachern.
“It's created an upbeat atmosphere in the Department especially since our caretaker, Ivan (Celic), won the award last year. It is truly an honour to be recognized by the university community.
by Paul Mayne