Kenneth Lochhead studied art at Queen's University, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Barnes Foundation. He was appointed Director of the School of Art at the University of Saskatchewan in 1950 and remained there until 1964. In 1955, he initiated the Emma Lake Artists' Workshop. He later taught at the University of Ottawa, from which he retired at the end of 1989.
Since the early 1950’s, Lochhead has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in both public and private galleries in Canada and abroad. Aside from his distinguished career as a Canadian artist and educator, Lochhead has served on many national and provincial public boards, committees and organizations. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1971, and the Governor General's Award in Visual Arts in 2006.
Kenneth Lochhead passed away on July 15th, 2006 but his influence in the Canadian art community lives on through his paintings and his many years of teaching art.
"He brought modernism to Canada," said critic and broadcaster Robert Enright, who was on the Canada Council jury that awarded Mr. Lochhead a Governor-General's Award in visual and media arts in 2006.
"His importance was in three signally and equally significant ways: as a painter himself, as an educator and as a cultural figure who was interested in the dynamic of what a culture is and what comes into its frame of reference." -The Globe and Mail, Saturday, July 22, 2006 p.S9