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Grace Blackburn

Victoria Grace Blackburn was born in Quebec City, likely when her father, the publisher of The London Free Press, was there on business. She attended school at Hellmuth Ladies’ College in London, Ontario and then went on to teach in the United States during the 1890s ..

Marjorie Blackburn

Marjorie Ludwell Dampier was born in 1913 in Strathroy, a substantial town in Middlesex County about twenty miles west of London, where her father was a bank manager. She entered The University of Western Ontario in 1931 where she met young Walter Blackburn ...
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Lenore Crawford

Born in London, Ontario, Lenore Crawford was a well-known art critic in London during the 1960s and 1970s. Following graduation from Western University, she began her career in the newspaper business as a proofreader for the London Echo, and then moved on to a newsroom job at the London Advertiser. At The Windsor Star in Windsor, Ontario, she began to write about art with encouragement from Bas Mason, an editor for Western Ontario ...

Doreen Curry

Doreen Curry was born in Orangeville, Ontario, in 1924. She completed a BA in music in 1946 at the University of Toronto, and a degree in Library Science (BLsc.) a year later. From 1947 until the 1980s, Curry worked at the London Public Library as the head of the Arts and Science, often also working with music materials ...
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Irene Dewdney

Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Irene Dewdney (née Donner) and her husband Selwyn Dewdney (1909-1979), are both recognized among the founders of art therapy in Canada. The couple, both artists, worked collaboratively throughout their careers, developing the field of art therapy ...
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Susan Edelstein

Susan Edelstein is a curator, writer and lecturer whose research interests include museum and curatorial practices, visual culture, and the diffusion and reception of art works within the museum world. In her role at Western University, a post she has held since 2006, she works closely with all students (undergraduate and graduate) assisting them to realize their artistic potential within a gallery context ...
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Nancy Geddes Poole

Born in London, Ontario, Nancy Geddes Poole was interested in art from a young age. She attended public schools in London and, in the eighth grade, sat behind Margot Ariss and watched her draw in the margins of her books. At Central Collegiate, Poole took art classes from Tony Gillies but it was apparent to her she did not have the same talent for creating art as her peers. Later, Poole attended Branksome Hall in Toronto ...
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Beryl Ivey

Beryl Ivey (Beryl Marcia Nurse) was born in Chatham, Ontario on December 28, 1924 to Lt. Col. William Ivan Nurse and Beatrice Heaton. She attended high school in Chatham and was known as a talented athlete. Mrs. Ivey was the girl’s school captain and set a record for long jump for Kent County that remained unbroken for 50 years ...
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Madeline Lennon

Born in New York City, Madeline Lennon studied at St. Helena High School in New York City and completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature at the College of New Rochelle. Upon her arrival in London, Ontario, she decided to change her field from English literature to art history. She studied in Paris and then entered graduate studies in the History of Art at the University of Toronto ...
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Wilhelmina McIntosh

Born in Euphemia Township, Lambton County, Wilhelmina Morris McIntosh eventually moved to London, Ontario where she lived with her husband, John Gordon McIntosh. Mr. McIntosh’s family owned a prominent dry goods business in the city before it was sold to Robinson, Little & Co. and the couple relocated to Winnipeg when Mr. McIntosh was appointed its western territorial manager ...