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KERWIN, Claire

Chatelet, Belgium, 1919
Toronto, Ontario, 2005
Biography synopsis
Claire Kerwin was born in Chatelet, Belgium but immigrated to Canada in 1947. She was married to George Mace Kerwin, with whom she had two children: Michael, a musician, and Shawn, a stage designer. Kerwin was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and she received from the City of Toronto the Medal of Service. Her work was exhibited not only in Canada but internationally in Belgium, Brazil, England, France and the United States. Kerwin actively participated as a volunteer artist with the Royal Ontario Museum, for which she drew artifacts for the Discovery Gallery.
Media used
Mixed media
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
File & Archive locations
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
London Public Library, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives

Writings about
"Art Calendar." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 25 Apr. 1981: E13.
Canada Council. The Canada Council Art Bank Catalogue 1972-1992. Ottawa: Canada Council, 1992.
Cherry, Zena. "A Tiny Muddy York on Display." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 10 Feb. 1978: P14.
Cherry, Zena. "Lunch's Around-the-World Guest List." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 31 Dec. 1977: P15.
Cherry, Zena. "Medal for Spencer Clark." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 9 Apr. 1985: F8.
Cobourg Art Gallery. From Northumberland: Claire Kerwin, Richard McNeil, Denise Therrien. Cobourg, Ontario: 1977.
Crabb, Michael. "Young Choreographer's World Expands." Toronto Star 30 Oct. 1991: F3.
Gildiner, Alina. "Toronto Dance Theatre Presents Moving Pictures: Neoclassical Look Adds to Abstract Themes and Images in a Program of Three Works for Toronto and New York City." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 1 Nov. 1991: D9.
John B. Aird Gallery. Exhibition: Dora de Pedery-Hunt, Maoko Matsubara, Claire Kerwin. 1992.
Kozlik, L. "Cobourg: Three from Northumberland." Artmagazine 8.34 (Aug.-Sept. 1977): 44-45.
Kritzwiser, Kay. "Castoffs Hold Special Charm for Resourceful Print-Maker." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 29 Mar. 1988: A21.
Kritzwiser, Kay. "Drawings that Trace History's Evidence." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 8 Jun. 1985: E16.
Lumley, Elizabeth, ed. Canadian Who's Who, 2001. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001.
Magee, Joan. The Belgians in Ontario: A History. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1987.
Mays, John Bentley. "On Show: Oonark's Drawings Reflect Deeper Truths of Art-Making." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 15 Sept. 1983: E3.
Mays, John Bentley. "Promising Profile of a Hectic Season." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 3 Sept. 1983: E11.
McKendry, Blake. A to Z of Canadian Art: Artists and Art Terms. Kingston: B. McKendry, 1997.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts/Académie royale des arts du Canada: Exhibitions and Members 1880-1979. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981.
Purdie, James. "Wooden Clothes Don't Need the People." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 11 Feb. 1978: P42.
Siskind, Jacob. "A Major New Work: Dancer-Choreographer Teams Up with NAC to Create a 'kind of landscape of interesting ... appealing encounters'." Ottawa Citizen 2 Jun. 1991: F1.
Siskind, Jacob. "New Work Filled with Images." Ottawa Citizen 6 Jun. 1991: D7.
Sleeman, Elizabeth. The International Who's Who of Women 2002. unknown: Routledge, 2001.

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