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Mary Wrinch, Sunrise, n.d.
Mary Wrinch, Sunrise, n.d.


We held our inaugural conference in the fall of 2008, and a related publication is currently under consideration by McGill-Queens University Press.

Our Artist Database, which contains both biographic and bibliographic information about historical Canadian women artists, has been available online now for two years, and we continue to work to expand its parameters. In the summer of 2010 we will focus specifically on adding previously underrepresented artists, particularly those who worked in the area of craft. Future projects will include the addition of more artists from Western Canada, First Nations artists, photographers and architects. Our electronic Artist Database is complemented by a large collection of paper Artist Files, housed in our documentation centre, which is open to the public.

In the summer of 2009, we completed a collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts which resulted in the creation of Canadian Exhibition Reviews Online, an electronic full-text database of reviews of the annual exhibitions of the Royal Canadian Academy and the Art Association of Montreal between 1879 and 1940. During the summer of 2010, we will add reviews of the exhibitions of the Ontario Society of Artists to this database.

We have made scanned copies of the Art Association of Montreal scrapbooks held by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts covering the period 1864-1948. These are available online as fully-searchable pdf documents.

Our major long-term research goal is the editing of a collectively written history of Canadian Women Artists.

We welcome visiting scholars through occasional lectures and workshops and we also seek to develop a network to circulate news and information about relevant research and events nationwide, so please contact us if you are interested in becoming an active participant.