Born: July 1, 1940, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Educated: Regina College (fine art) 1958-60, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (English Literature) 1960-62
Sheila Cowie, 1962.
Son Mark born 1963.
painter and writer based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Landscape and still life
paintings in national and international collections.
Critic, curator, and author of articles and books on Canadian and international artists. Books on Anthony Caro and Kenneth Noland are available around the world. Author of guides to the appreciation of art for the interested public.
In 1982 at request of Sir Anthony Caro and Hon. Robert Loder helped found Triangle Artists Workshop in New York State, a facility devised to bring together ambitious artists from around the world at no cost to government.
Frequent guest critic at artists workshops in Canada, America, and England. In-studio critic and coach to painters and sculptors in America, England, and Canada.
Advisor to collectors both corporate and private, specializing in contemporary painting, sculpture, and photography.
Director of The Edmonton Art Gallery from 1972-1988. During this time helped make Edmonton a center for both the collection and creation of art.
Artistic Director of the Leighton Foundation, Calgary, 1988-93. Developed programs for landscape painters.
Director of the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, 1993-97.
President, Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, 1997-2000., 2011-13
1997- Artist; writer; president, Saskatchewan Arts Alliance (1997-2000) Canadian contributor, Architectural Digest (1999).
1993-97 Director, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1987-93 Terry Fenton Art Services Inc.,
Artistic Director to the Leighton Foundation, Calgary, Alberta
1972-87 Director, The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.
1965-71 Assistant to the Director, The Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan. 1962-65 Social Worker I with the Alberta Department of Public Welfare, Edmonton, Alberta.
1988 Alberta Achievement Award
1969 Emma Lake Artists Workshop (led by Michael Steiner).
1970 1967 Emma Lake Artist's Workshop (led by Frank Stella).
1971 1965-66 University of Regina, post-graduate studies in English Literature.
1972 1965 Emma Lake Artists Workshop (led by Lawrence Alloway and John Cage).
1973 1960-62 University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, BA cum laude, English Literature.
1974 1958-60 School of Fine Art, Regina College.
CURATORIAL WORK AND PUBLICATIONS
Robert David Symons, Countryman, Hagios Press, Moose Jaw Art Gallery, 2013
About Pictures, Hagios Press, 2009
Land Marks, The Art of Dorothy Knowles, Hagios Press, 2008
Reta Summers Cowley, Mendel Art Gallery and University of Calgary Press, 2006
Allan Safarik, When Light Falls From The Sun, winner of Saskatchewan Book Award, Poetry, 2005) five reproductions of Fenton paintings including cover.
Anthony Caro: The Emma Lake Sculptures, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 2003
"Qu'appelle, Tales of Two Valleys", Border Crossings, Nov. 2002.
Kenneth Noland, Themes and Variations, 1958-2000, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; 2002
Appreciating Noland, Edmonton Art Gallery, 1991
A. C. Leighton in the Rockies, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, 1989.
Anthony Caro, Ediciones Poligrapha, Barcelona, 1986; Thames and Hudson, London, 1986; Rizzoli, New York, 1986.
Peter Hide in Canada, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1986.
Dorothy Knowles: Paintings 1964-1982, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1983.
Jules Olitski and the Tradition of Oil Painting, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1979.
Modern Painting in Canada, (with Karen Wilkin), Hurtig, Edmonton, 1978.
The Picture Book, Edmonton Art Gallery, 1978.
The ABC of Sculpture, Edmonton, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1974.
How to look at a Painting, Edmonton, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1975.
Abstraction West: Emma Lake and After, National Gallery of Canada, 1975.
Jack Bush: A Retrospective, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1975.
Watercolour Painters from Saskatchewan, National Gallery of Canada, 1971.
Terry Fenton, www.sharecom.ca/fenton/
Clement Greenberg, www.sharecom.ca/greenberg
Kenneth Noland, www.sharecom.ca/noland/
The English Novelty - British Watercolours from the 18th, 19th, & 20th Centuries, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon. www.sharecom.ca/wc/
SYMPOSIA, WORKSHOP, COMMISSIONS
2005 "The Artists of Erindale" 3 public lectures, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
1998 Art Gallery Grants juror, Canada Council.
Two lectures, University of Lethbridge.
Chair and Visiting Artist, LandScape 98, Saskatoon.
Commissioned by Cameco Corp to make paintings of Uranium mine sites in northern Saskatchewan.
1997 Visiting Artist, Leighton Foundation, Calgary.
1993 Panel speaker: "The Influence of Art Institutions on the Production of Art". University of Lethbridge.
1992 Organized: three Visiting Artists Sessions for Leighton Foundation, two near Calgary, one near Pincher Creek.
1991 July. Working artist and visiting critic, Emma Lake Artists Workshop.
Sept. Organizer and participant, Leighton Foundation Visiting Artists Session, Waterton, AB.
Organized three other Visiting Artists Sessions and two Paint-Ins for Leighton Foundation.
1990 Organizer of three Leighton Foundation Visiting Artists Sessions.
Visiting critic, Hardingham Sculpture Workshop, Norfolk, England.
1989 May. Organizer and participant, Leighton Foundation Landscape Workshop.
1988 July. Visiting Critic, Emma Lake Artists Workshop, Canada.
August. Visiting Critic, Hardingham Workshop, Norfolk, England.
September: Organized first "Paint-In" at Leighton Foundation, Calgary.
1986 August. Visiting Critic, Hardingham Workshop, Norfolk, England.
1985 May 23. Position Paper on Federal Arts Funding, CMA Annual Conference, Ottawa.
June. Visiting critic, Sculptors Workshop, Medicine Hat, Alberta.
1984 Sculpture events at the Royal College of Art, London, England, May 1984:
May 15. "What was St. Martins?" (Panel chairman).
May 17. "Sculpture in Western Canada", (Lecture).
May 18. "Cycles and Watersheds: Recent Developments in Sculpture", (Panel chairman).
1982 July. Triangle Workshop: co-founder and organizer as well as first visiting critic, Pine Plains, N.Y.
1980 Juror, Red Deer Sculpture Symposium.
1978 Jan 18. Juror, Commonwealth Games Sculpture Symposium.
May 6-7. Juror, SGIO Juried Art Competition, Regina.
Sept. 27. Lecture, "Contemporary Art and Western Canada", The Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery.
1977 Feb. 4. Panel Moderator: "Canadian Artists on Canadian Art", The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
March 2-3. Keynote speaker and panel moderator at a symposium on Contemporary Canadian Painting, The Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston.
May. Lecture, "New Canadian Painting", Southern Alberta Art Gallery.
May 26. Opening speaker, Jack Bush Retrospective Exhibition, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa,
August. Visiting critic (with sculptor Sir Anthony Caro) at Emma Lake Artists Workshop.
Oct. 6. Lecture, "The Art Environment in Canada", Canadian Society of Education Through Art, Annual Meeting, Calgary.
Dec. 1. Lecture, "Pictorial Art", The Banff Centre.
1975-78 "Lives of the Painters", weekly radio series on CFRN-FM, Edmonton.
AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013 Solo Exhibition, Edge Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
Oceans, Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC
2012 Solo Exhibition, Art Placement, Saskatoon, Sask.
2007 10th Anniversary Exhibition, The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre, Qualicum, BC
2006 Solo Exhibition, Art Placement, Saskatoon
Group Exhibition, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto
Interview by Piri Halasz, "From The Mayor's Doorstep" , April.
2005 Solo exhibition, Winchester Galleries, Victoria
2004 "A Wide Horizon" Swift Current Art Gallery & Moose Jaw Art Gallery, catalogue introduction by Helen Marzolf
2003 Solo Exhibition, Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC
Solo Exhibition, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg
Group Exhibition, Regina paintings, Regina Public Library
2002 Solo Exhibition, The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre, Qualicum, BC
2001 Solo Exhibition, Bugera Kmet Gallery, Edmonton
1999 Solo Exhibition, Bugera Kmet Gallery, Edmonton
1998 "Visiting Artists, LandScape 98" Group exhibition, Art Placement, Saskatoon
1996 Solo exhibition, Bugera Kmet Gallery, Edmonton;
Group exhibitions, Art Placement, Saskatoon, Leighton Foundation, Calgary.
1995 Solo Exhibition, Loading Bay Gallery, Calgary
Group exhibitions at Meredith Long Gallery, Houston; Koffler Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY; and art placement, Saskatoon
1994 Solo exhibitions, Bugera/Kmet Gallery, Edmonton
Solo exhibition, Leighton Foundation, Calgary
1993 Large Recent Paintings, RXN Visions, Calgary
Recent Work, Leighton Foundation, Calgary
Group Exhibition, Bugera/Kmet Gallery, Edmonton
Solo Exhibition, Bugera/Kmet Gallery, Edmonton
1992 "Small Oils from Nature":
Group exhibition organized by the Leighton Foundation
Christmas Exhibition, RXN Visions, Calgary
1991 Solo exhibition, the Leighton Foundation, Calgary
1990 Solo exhibition, The Gallery, art placement, Saskatoon
Group exhibition, Western Landscape Painters, Gallery One, Toronto
Solo exhibition, Gallery on Whyte, Edmonton
1989 Solo exhibition, Gallery on Whyte, Edmonton
Solo exhibition, Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary
Group Drawing exhibition, Edmonton Art Gallery
1988 Alberta Landscape Painters, ACA Gallery, Calgary
Summer exhibition, Edmonton Art Gallery
Group Paint-In exhibition, Leighton Foundation
1987 Solo exhibition, Grand Forks Regional Art Gallery, Grand Forks, B.C.
1986 Solo exhibition, Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary.
1985 Two person exhibition, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York City.
"Western Landscape Painters", Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary.
1984 Solo exhibition, The Gallery, art placement, Saskatoon.
1983 Solo exhibition, Gallery One, Toronto.
Solo exhibition, Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton.
1982 "Three Edmonton Landscape Painters", Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary.
Solo exhibition, Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary.
Gallery artists, Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton.
1981 Solo exhibition, Hett Gallery, Edmonton.
Gallery artists, Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton.
Landscape artists, The Gallery, art placement, Saskatoon.
1979 Solo exhibition, Hett Gallery, Edmonton.
1978 Two person exhibition (with Ron Myren), Canadian Galleries, Calgary
1970 Two person exhibition (with Dorothy Knowles),
Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library.
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