For the past decade Amy Loewan has been Edmonton’s shining light to the world by promoting peace through art. Amy’s journey began more than 30 years ago, after she arrived in Canada from Hong Kong and embarked on a first career as an occupational therapist.
As a health care professional Amy aimed for a higher level of understanding of people at different stages of their lives, how they can achieve a sense of peace, and use it as a starting point to help shape a better world.
Amy is inspired by the notion that if there is to be peace in the world then there must be peace in the heart. Eight key words within Amy’s artistry promote her sacred mission: compassion, kindness, respect, understanding, patience, tolerance, gentleness and forgiveness. Amy’s 2009 installation, O’Canada Project, translated her eight-word message for harmony and understanding into 35 languages.
This same moving formula was the driving force behind Amy’s acclaimed mixed media installations, A Peace Project and Illuminating Peace, which have been exhibited across Canada and abroad. Her art has earned her numerous awards and grants, including certification of A Peace Project as a cultural property of Canada.
Amy is an art instructor at University of Alberta, and has long been a committed member of Visual Arts Alberta.