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Allan Sapp of North Battleford, formerly from Red Pheasant Indian Reserve, was elected to membership in the RCAA in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the visual arts field.
In making the announcement, RCAA President John C. Parkin of Toronto, extended his "sincere congratulations on your election as an academician."
Mr. Parkin presented Allan Sapp with a hand-lettered diploma of membership, which was signed by the Governor-General of Canada, Jules Leger.
His acceptance into the academy now permits Mr. Sapp to sign his name "Allan Sapp, RCAA".
The RCAA represents in its membership, which is by invitation and election, a cross-section of Canada's most distinguished artists - those with both nation and international reputations. In the RCAA, the modern and traditional, the rebel and the orthodox, find a meeting place and a community of interest.
The historic role pursued by the RCAA through the years has been to maintain the highest standards in the cultivation of the fine and applied arts in Canada.
From the first days of the academy, it has welcomed to its annual exhibitions, the works of thousands of young artists, anxious to test their efforts by the high standards imposed by the academy.
The RCAA is an authoritative body of artists whose collective wisdom in the multi-faceted affairs of art has nurtured respect and a national prestige. It is able to give invaluable service to public and private institutions in the field of art consultation. Another area of activity is found when it is asked to voice its judgement where commissioned works are put out to tender by government and private corporations.
Through major exhibitions, the RCAA brings to the forum of public opinion, the work of Canadian artists. In so doing, the academy represents with a single national voice, the collective values to establish a national cultural integrity.
Membership is stringently controlled by the professional standards established by each generation of members.
Those proposed for election must be men or women, who have exhibited outstanding creative merit and are acknowledged to be masters in their particular disciplines.