Dr. Kay Armatage is next to join RCI’s prestigious Wall of Achievement.

Posted on Friday May 09, 2014
Dr. Kay Armatage
Dr. Armatage added to RCIs Wall of Achievement

The wall, just outside of the Grant Gym, boasts a collection of photos of past Raiders that have achieved success in a variety of fields. Armatage’s credentials in both art and feminism evidently show why she was chosen as an inductee.

After graduating from U of T herself, she was a member of the group that taught the first course in Women’s Studies.  This action, with the help of Armatage led to the eventual creation of the Women Studies and Gender Studies program. 

Being a professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Toronto is only half of what she does. Armatage also teaches Cinema Studies and has ample experience in the film side of her life.

She has been the producer or director of more than five films and shorts, including Artist On Fire: The Work Of Joyce Wieland (1987), a documentary that won Best Canadian Feature Film - Special Jury Citation at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Armatage was also the vice-chair for the Ontario Arts Council from 1991 to 1997 and served as the international programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival for 21 years between 1983 and 2004.

Armatage has additionally published other works. She is the author of The Girl From God’s Country: Nell Shipman and The Silent Cinema, the editor of Equity and How To Get It, co-editor of Gendering The Nation: Canadian Women’s Cinema, along with copious articles for different journals.

Her dedication to her work has earned her numerous awards and grants. Armatage has received three SSHRCC research grants, a Canada Council Senior Artists Grant, two Toronto Women in Film and Television Award of Merit honours, and a Clyde Gilmour Award.   

Armatage’s most recent distinction is the Wall of Achievement.  In an email, Armatage said, I would be honoured to be included with the illustrious other inductees . . . [but] I’m worried that my accomplishments, such as they are, are largely academic – author of this & that, film programmer of this & that, a few awards, a few films made.”

Armatage is an inspiration to all Raiders past and present. Her immense number of achievements proves that hard work does lead to success both inside and outside of school. 

By Taylor Virgin

Photo supplied by Dr. Kay Armatage