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GREGOR, Helen Frances

Prague, 1921
Seoul, Korea, 1989
Notice biographique
Helen Frances Gregor was given a liberal education, but excelled in visual arts from an early age. Though her parents took her formal education seriously, she also benefited from the artistic interests of her family. Gregor’s sights were set on secondary schooling in theatrical design when the threat of war called her family’s future into question. Gregor’s family were eventually forced to flee to England where she was able to continue her art studies, redirecting her focus toward interior design. With a goal to study at the Royal College of Art, Gregor first completed foundation art courses at Newark Technical College and Birmingham College of Art. Gregor had her first two exhibitions at the Czechoslovak Club followed by a show at Liberty’s of London. Once at the RCA, Gregor became a student of the School of Design, and discovered her love for and fascination with textiles, though her work would continue to be influenced by her architectural inclinations. It was in the late 1940’s that she and her husband, Tibor decided to immigrate to Canada. Shortly after their arrival,Gregor was given a teaching position at the Ontario College of Art where she challenged the division between fine and applied art and eventually founding the department for textiles. Gregor is remembered as an influential teacher and internationally renowned artist, recognized for mastering the relationship between tapestry and the built environment. Her work has been shown twice at the Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, and she has received numerous commissions for both public and private buildings.
Royal College of Art, London, England, 1940c - 1944? (Sous la direction de Ernest William Tristram, Henry Moore, Roland Emett)
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Ontario Society of Artists, 1969
Ontario Crafts Council, 1983, Life Membership
Lieux de conservation des dossiers et archives
University of Calgary Library, AB
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Hamilton Public Library, ON - Local History and Archives Department
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, QC - Media Centre
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Canadian Museum of Civilization Archives, QC
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Documents sur l'artiste
"Gregor: A Study in Motion." Ontario Craft 14.1 (Spring-Mar. 1989): 7.
"Handwoven History on Display." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 7 Jun. 1986: D24.
"Helen Gregor: Artist Pioneer in Fibre Arts." Toronto Star 29 May 1989: A4.
Art Gallery of Windsor. Three Canadian Fibre Artists: Gregor, Rousseau-Vermette, Staniszkis. Windsor: 1981.
Baker, William R.M.. "Toronto—A City in Transition." Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot 17 (Winter 1985): 42-44.
Canada. Dept. of External Affairs, Cultural Affairs Division. La tapisserie canadienne contemporaine: exposition/Canadian Contemporary Tapestry: Exhibition Ottawa: Ministrère des approvisionnements et services Canada, 1979.
Centre culturel canadien. Contrepoints: Helen Frances Gregor, tapisseries Paris: 1977.
Cherry, Zena. "44 Artists to be Shown in 100-Year Retrospective." Globe and Mail 29 Aug. 1972: 11.
Cherry, Zena. "Academy Show at Ex." Globe and Mail 15 Aug. 1980: P12.
Cherry, Zena. "Cards are Collectors Items." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 29 Dec. 1978: 11.
Cherry, Zena. "Churchill Statue on Square." Globe and Mail 22 Oct. 1977: 19.
Cherry, Zena. "First Big Speech as a Bureaucrat." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 3 May 1977: 15.
Cherry, Zena. "International Union." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 13 Jul. 1977: 11.
Cherry, Zena. "Mrs. Trudeau at a Photo Show." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 8 Dec. 1976: 15.
Crawford, Gail. A Fine Line: Studio Crafts in Ontario from 1930 to the Present. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1998.
Duffy, Helen. "Helen Gregor, ou l'esthétique de l'harmonie." Vie des arts 25.101 (Winter 1980-81): 30-32.
Flood, Sandra. Canadian Craft and Museum Practice, 1900-1950 Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2001.
Himel, Susan and Elaine Lambert. "Challenge for Artists in Textiles. Art in Craft." Globe and Mail 8 Oct. 1981: T09.
Holland College Digital Archives. Gregor, Helen Frances [Poster Reproduction] Prince Edward Island: 2006
Koffler Gallery. The Pierre Pauli Collection: Contemporary Textile Art Toronto: 1986.
Kritzwiser, Kay. "Insurance Firm's Tribute to Ontario Society of Artists." Globe and Mail 6 Apr. 1972: 15.
Kritzwiser, Kay. "Textiles Become Dramatic Sculptures." Globe and Mail 27 Oct. 1973: 30.
Kritzwiser, Kay. "Toronto History is Woven in this Art." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 4 May 1979: 17.
Marein, Shirley. Off the Loom: Creating with Fibre New York: Viking Press, 1972.
Parkin, Jeanne. Art in Architecture: Art for the Built Environment in the Province of Ontario Toronto: Visual Arts of Ontario, 1982.
Purdie, James. "From Tears, Rage to 3-part Harmony." Globe and Mail 25 Dec. 1976: 28.
Regensteiner, Elsa. The Art of Weaving New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1981.
Sinclair, Catriona. "Helen Frances Gregor: Textiles in Architecture." Ontario Craft 15.3 (Fall 1990): 31-33.
Sisler, Rebecca. Passionate Spirits: A History of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, 1880-1980. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1980.
Textile Museum of Canada. Helen Frances Gregor: Textiles in Architecture Toronto: 1990
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. "Textiles Into 3D." The Velvet Highway (excerpt posted from the Textiles Into 3D exhibition catalogue) ?
Thomson, Francis Paul. Tapestry: Mirror of History New York: Crown Publishers, 1980.
Verlet, Pierre, et al.. The Book of Tapestry: History and Technique New York: Vendome Press, 1978.
Von Finckenstein, Maria ed. Nuvisavik: The Place Where We Weave. Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilzation, 2002.

Documents rédigés par l'artiste
Gregor, Helen Frances. The Fabric of my Life: Reflections of Helen Frances Gregor Toronto: Firefly Books, 1987.
Gregor, Helen Frances. "Tapestry in Canada. An Ancient Artform Blossoms in the New World." The Rotarian Evanston, Illinois: 142.4 (Apr. 1983): 40-41.

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