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Eveline Marie Alexander

With no formal training, Lady Eveline Marie Alexander may have learned to draw and paint from her father Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Cornwallis Michell (1793-1851) of the Royal Artillery, who was drawing master at the Royal Military College ...

Donna Andreychuk

Born on a farm in rural Ontario, Donna Andreychuk always had a passion for art but only started painting seriously in 1999 while living in Owen Sound and inspired by the Georgian Bay landscape. Her large-scale abstract expressionist works, based on her outdoor paintings and photographs, memory and imagination, reflect her love for the Canadian landscape and its impact on her ...

Margot Ariss

Margot Ariss was born in 1929 in Belleville, Ontario. She moved to London in 1940 and attended H. B. Beal Secondary School where she met her husband, artist & teacher Herb Ariss. Margot began working as a sculptor in the late 1950’s, stamping words into soft clay with a child’s set of wooden letters ...
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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 ...

Eva Bradshaw

Eva Bradshaw was born in London and was raised as the adopted daughter of John and Marion Bradshaw. She was initially trained as a nurse, but eventually gave up this career to pursue solely her art, devoting all of her time to painting and teaching ...
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Florence Carlyle

Born in Galt, Ontario (presently Cambridge), Florence Carlyle moved with her family to Woodstock in 1871. All her siblings had artistic talent, and Carlyle herself was gifted in visual arts and music from a young age ...

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 ...
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Agneta Dolman

Agneta Dolman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in Stockholm and Sigtuna, Sweden. Dolman began her art education in 1964 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ School of Art and Design, where she received training in drawing, painting, sculpture, illustration, and commercial art. Arthur Lismer, of the Group of Seven, was the school’s director at that time and taught the course in illustration ...
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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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Jamelie Hassan

Jamelie Hassan is a visual artist, writer, lecturer, activist, and independent curator, born in London, Ontario, where she continues to live and practice. Hassan’s parents came to Canada from Lebanon, and she grew up in an Arabic-speaking household as the seventh of eleven children. Hassan is known for her powerful interdisciplinary work that addresses the conflicting subjectivities arising from the disjuncture between the two cultures in which she exists ...

Fern Helfand

Helfand’s research and photo-based art production have always been influenced by the environments and cultures in which she has lived, worked and traveled. Her artwork has explored issues addressing cultural observation and commentary, tourism, environmental concerns, racism and the medium of photography itself ...
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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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Kirtley Jarvis

Kirtley Jarvis was born in Balmertown, a small mining town in Northern Ontario, and moved to London, Ontario, as a teenager. While Jarvis has training from the H.B. Beal Secondary School’s adult art program, the Sheridan School of Design, and the Ontario College of Art and Design, she is simultaneously self-taught in many respects, learning from those she meets who have something to teach ...
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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 ...

Catherine Morrisey

Born in Brampton, Ontario, Catherine Morrisey grew up in Port Credit near Toronto and from an early age was active in dance, painting, canoeing, and camping. At York University, she studied with artists Ron Bloore, William Ronald, Tim Whiten, Doug Morton, Ted Bieler, and critics John Bentley Mays, and Michael Greenwood ...
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Kim Neudorf

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Kim Neudorf attended the Alberta College of Art and Design from 2001-2005, achieving a BFA in painting. In 2012, she completed her MFA in Visual Arts at Western University. Neudorf’s paintings have been exhibited across Canada; most recently in Kingston at Modern-Fuel Artist-Run Centre, in London at DNA Gallery and Forest City Gallery, and in Toronto at Franz Kaka Gallery, Susan Hobbs Gallery, and Paul Petro Gallery ...

Shelley Niro

Born in Niagara Falls, New York, Shelley Niro moved with her family to the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, a member of the Turtle Clan of the Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation. She is a multi-media artist whose work involves photography, painting, beadwork, and film ...
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Thelma Rosner

Thelma Rosner was born in Toronto in 1941 and is currently based in London, Ontario. Rosner studied at the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Education between 1959 and 1964. In 1972, she returned to school to study visual art at The University of Western Ontario, in London. Serendipitously, this was the same year that Paterson Ewen joined the faculty at Western ...

Margaret Rossiter

Margaret Rossiter received her initial education at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Ohio University and a Masters of Education from Western University. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Ontario and the USA ...
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Jan Shepherd McKee

Jan Shepherd McKee’s education was extensive and varied; she holds degrees in English Literature, Philosophy (Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science), Visual Arts (Studio), Law and Business Administration from Western University and The University of Hawaii. Cross-disciplinary work has formed the basis of Shepherd McKee’s creative exploration over the last 35 years ...

Sophie Skaith

Sophie Skaith was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1952 with the name Eha Sumberg. Her middle name, Sophie, was added legally in the 1990s. She moved to London, Ontario, in the 1970s. Sophie Skaith received her B.A. Hon. (Art History) from the University of Toronto in 1976 and a Master of Public Administration from Western University in 2005 ...

Rosemary Sloot

Rosemary Sloot was born in Simcoe, Ontario two months after her parents emigrated from The Netherlands in 1952. Many Dutch families during the post-war era traveled to Canada on immigrant ships like the Waterman. The Sloot family and many other families started their journey on the Waterman in Rotterdam and arrived in Quebec City ...
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Kate Taylor Cumming

Born Kate Livingston Taylor in Ingersoll in 1889, Cumming was praised for her art from a young age. She received the Pile Gold Medal for proficiency and promise in art from her Chatham high school and went on to train at the Detroit College of Art where she saw and painted her first miniatures. Continuing her studies at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, she received a number of scholarships and was appointed Associate in the Department of Drawing and Painting upon graduation ...
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Bernice Vincent

Born and raised in Woodstock, Ontario, Bernice Vincent moved to London in 1952 to attend H.B. Beal Technical School, where she studied with several influential London artists including Herb Ariss, Mackie Cryderman, and John O’Henly. In 1954 Vincent traveled on scholarship to the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to take courses in painting, anatomy, watercolour, lithography, and fabric painting ...