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NICOLL, Marion

Calgary, Alberta, 1909
Calgary, Alberta, 1985
Biography synopsis
Marion Florence S. Mackay Nicoll was born in Calgary, Alberta. In high school, she took extra curricular painting classes at St. Joseph’s Convent, Red Deer, Alberta (1925-1926). She studied at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, but she did not finish because of an illness. She then studied under A.C. Leighton at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art, Calgary (1029-1932) and she also attended the summer school (now known as the Banff School of Fine Arts) under the same professor. From 1937 to 1938 she studied figure painting at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, England, under Duncan Grant. In 1957, she studied under Will Barnet at the Emma Lake Seminar. From 1958 to 1959 she attended the Art Students League in New York. For thirty years, she taught at Calgary’s Provincial Institute of Technology and Art. She also gave classes at the summer school of the University of Alberta (1937-1938); extension classes (1946-1948); Banff School of Fine Arts (1946); the Cultural Development Board, Government of Alberta (1948-1949). She received various awards, including a Canada Council grant in 1958, a senior fellowship in 1966 and six honour certificates from the Royal Drawing Society, London, England, for teaching. She held several solo exhibitions, including at the Alberta College of Art (1959); Bowness Town Hall, Alberta. (1960-1965); Studio 61, Edmonton, Alberta (1961); Focus, Edmonton (1962, 1963, 1964) Upstairs Gallery, Toronto (1963); Yellow Door Gallery, Winnipeg (1964), among others. She is represented in the following collections: Winnipeg Art Gallery, Memorial University, Newfoundland.; University of Alberta; Edmonton Museum, Poole Collection, Edmonton.
Media used
Alberta Society of Artists
Calgary Group
File & Archive locations
Vancouver Public Library, BC - Fine Arts and History Department
Alberta Culture and Community Spirit - Arts Branch
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Calgary Public Library, AB - Arts Department
Edmonton Art Gallery, AB - Library
London Public Library, ON
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, QC - Media Centre
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of Calgary Library, AB
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Glenbow Archives, AB - Main Catalogue
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, AB - Archives & Library

Writings about
“Calgary Woman Masters Ancient Wax-Painting Art.” Gazette (Montreal) 30 Dec. 1957.
“Canada Council Fellowships – 2 Calgary Artists Win Awards.” Calgary Herald 26 Apr. 1966.
Alberta Art Foundation. Spaces and Places: Eight Decades of Landscape Painting in Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta: Alberta Art Foundation, 1986
Armstrong, Christopher and H.V. Nelles. The Painted Valley: Artists Along Alberta's Bow River, 1845-2000. Calgary, Alberta: University of Calgary Press, 2007.
Barnhouse, Dorothy. “Exhibit by Nichol Last For Gallery.” Edmonton Journal 19 Oct. 1963.
C. G. P. “Clement Greenberg’s View of Art on the Prairies.” Canadian Art 20.2 (Mar-Apr. 1963).
Cochran, Bente Roed. Printmaking in Alberta 1945-1985. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1989.
Davis, Ann and Elizabeth Herbert. Marion Nicoll: Silence and Alchemy Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2013.
Flaherty, Adeleine. “Life And Paintings Synonymous For Calgary Artist-Teacher.” Calgary Herald 27 Jan. 1965.
Flood, Sandra. Canadian Craft and Museum Practice, 1900-1950 Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2001.
Greenfield, Valerie. Founders of the Alberta College of Art: October 24-November 19, 1986 Calgary: Alberta College of Art Gallery, 1986.
Harper, J. Russell. Painting in Canada: A History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1966, 2nd edition 1977.
Jackson, Christopher. Marion NIcoll: Art and Influences. Calgary: Glenbow Museum, 1986.
Joyner, J. Brooks. Marion Nicoll, R.C.A. Calgary: Masters Gallery, 1979.
LaViolette, Mary-Beth. Alberta Mistresses of the Modern, 1935-1975. Edmonton: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2012.
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.
Mastin, Catharine Margaret. Beyond "the Artist's Wife": Women, Artist-Couple Marriage and the Exhibition Experience in Postwar Canada Edmonton: University of Alberta, 2012.
Neesham, Robin. “Art Show Features Boldness Of Nicoll’s Abstract Works.” Calgary Herald 10 Dec. 1963.
Nicoll, Jim. Paintings and Poetry. Calgary: Glenbow-Alberta Institute, 1977.
Pashak, Natasha. Almost Outnumbered: the Role of Alberta in the Life and Work of Marion Nicoll. Montreal: Concordia University MA thesis, 2010.
Reference Division, McPherson Library, compilers. Creative Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Creative and Performing Arts. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, University of Victoria, 1971.
Reid, Dennis. A Concise History of Canadian Painting. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1973.
Townshend, Nancy. A History of Art in Alberta, 1905-1970. Calgary, Alberta: Bayeux, 2005.
Zimon, Kathy E. Alberta Society of Artists: The First Seventy Years. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2000.

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