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DAY, Katherine

Orillia, Ontario, 1889
Orillia, Ontario, 1976
Biography synopsis
A painter and printmaker, Katherine Day earned a B.A. from Queen's University (1912) whereupon she went into social service work. Day volunteered as a nursing assistant in England during and after World War I (1916-1920). After her return, she studied painting at the Winnipeg School of Art under Franz Johnston (1922-1923) and, six years later, left for Toronto to attend the Ontario College of Art (1929-1930). Shortly after, her studies took her to Europe, where she enrolled at London's Central School of Arts and Crafts and studied in Paris under Nicolas Eckman and Henri Jannot (c.1933-1936). Back in Canada, she became a member of both the Canadian Society of Graphic Artists (1935-1954), and the Canadian Society of Painters, Etchers, and Engravers (1956-1964), frequently including her works in the exhibitions organized by these associations. Her woodcut on Japan paper entitled "Sap's Running" is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.
Media used
Winnipeg School of Art, 1922 - 1923 (under Franz Johnston)
Ontario College of Art & Design (formerly Ontario School of Art), 1929 - 1930
Central School of Art and Design, London
Private study, 1933 - 1936 (under Nicolas Eckman and Henri Jannot (Paris, France))
Canadian Society of Graphic Art, 1935
Canadian Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers, 1956
File & Archive locations
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Toronto Reference Library, ON
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON

Writings about
"Exhibitions in New York." Parnassus New York: College Art Association, 11.8 (Dec. 1939): 47
See page 108 Queen's Review 5.3 (31Dec. 1931)
Hill, C.C. and P.B. Landry, eds. National Gallery Catalogue, Canadian Art. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1988
MacDonald, Colin S. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009.
National Gallery of Canada. National Gallery of Canada Catalogue of Canadian Art. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1988

Writings by
Day, Katherine. “The Letters of Captain Steele’s Daughters,” Unpublished paper delivered to the Orillia Historical Society 19 March 1953

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