While many figures in the Canadian art world have received recognition in their lifetime, virtually none have been offered an opportunity to tell their personal stories in an accessible audio and visual format. Created by the Art Canada Institute, The Living Histories Project fills this gap. The multimedia series plans to capture the stories of the following influencers and icons in the Canadian art world so that contemporary audiences and future generations have access to valuable information about these key individuals and the vital roles they have played.

  • Living History GarryNeillKennedy
    Upcoming 2019

    Internationally renowned conceptual painter and president of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for twenty-three years.

  • Living History MaryPratt
    Upcoming 2019

    Canada’s forefront realist painter and recipient of nine honorary university degrees due to her distinctly recognizable oil paintings that transform everyday objects of her home into extraordinary still-life compositions.

  • Living History RitaLetendre
    Upcoming 2020

    Automatiste, colourist, muralist, and engraver, Rita Letendre is an abstract painter who has throughout her illustrious career expressed her original personality through her work.

  • Living History MichaelSnow
    Upcoming 2020

    A leading figure in new media and Conceptual art, Michael Snow’s work spans more than fifty years of production and includes everything from painting and sculptures to holograms and musical recordings.

  • Living History JeanneParkin
    March 21, 2017

    Jeanne Parkin is one of Canada’s most essential visual art ambassadors, a change-maker in the country’s cultural landscape, and a woman well ahead of her time.

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  • Living History GordonSmith
    October 1, 2017

    Integral to the Vancouver art scene as an aficionado and educator, Gordon Smith is also an accomplished abstract painter whose works capture the feeling of British Columbia’s landscape.

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  • Living History FrançoiseSullivan
    January 1, 2018

    Groundbreaking, multifaceted artist, and signatory member of Montreal’s avant-garde Automatiste group.

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  • Living History ShelleyNiro
    April 1, 2018

    A multimedia artist whose extensive work involves photography, painting, beadwork, and film. Through her work she shares her resolve, sensitivity, and humour.

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  • Living History AABronson
    October 1, 2018

    Activist, artist, General Idea member, and driving force in the counter-culture art scene both in Canada and internationally.

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