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MANNING, Joanne Elizabeth

Sidney, B.C., 1923
Victoria, B.C., 2022
Biography synopsis
Manning grew up on Vancouver Island before her family moved to Amherstburg Ontario. She attended the Ontario College of Art where she studied drawing and painting under John Alfsen, graduating in 1945. She gave up painting while raising her children, and in 1960 she returned to the College to study printmaking. Manning is recognized as one of Canada's foremost etchers. Beginning in 1965 she taught at: Ontario Department of Education's Youth and Recreation Division; Sheridan College (1971-73); Dundas Valley School of Art; Centennial College; Elliot Lake Centre for Continuing Education; and Artists' Workshop. She held her first solo show in 1965 at the Pollock Gallery, Toronto, and in 1968 had a show at the University of Waterloo. Manning's work has also been included in many group shows in North America, Europe and Australia. In 1974 she participated in an all-women show at the Wells Gallery with Fran Jones and Jane Beecroft. Manning was active in a number of associations and a founding member of the Print and Drawing Council of Canada. She won many important awards for her etchings in Canada and abroad. In 1980 she became ill from exposure to acids, solvents and photoresists while teaching, and turned to drawing in ink, and painting.
Media used
Ontario College of Art & Design (formerly Ontario School of Art), ? - 1945 (under John Alfsen)
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Canadian Society of Graphic Art
Print and Drawing Council of Canada
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
London Public Library, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
University of Calgary Library, AB
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library

Writings about
The Art of Jo Manning. Victoria, B.C.: Wordpress, 2016
"Art Education in Canada." Art Magazine. 5.17 (1974): 12-14.
Carbert, Janice and Achtemitchuk, Robert. "Printmaking, Contemporary Canadian." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Toronto, Ontario: Historica Foundation of Canada, 2001
Heller, Jules. "Jo Manning." Artscanada (Dec. Jan. 1981): 43
Heller, Jules and Nancy. North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century. New York: Garland, 1995.
Inglis, Grace. "Artist's Prints Strong Statements." The Hamilton Spectator 9 Dec. 1978: 26
Kritzwiser, Kay. "CNE Eloquent in an Artistic Way Too." The Globe and Mail (Toronto) 24 Aug. 1974: 30
Kritzwiser, Kay. "Creative Bridge links Art and Poetry." The Globe and Mail. 4 May 1974: 32
Kritzwiser, Kay. "What is Happening in the World of Graphics." The Globe and Mail. June 1970
Lefebvre, Germain, Landori, Eva and Elie, Robert. Salon international de la Gravure : Montréal 1971/ International Exhibition of Graphics : Montréal 1971. Montreal, QC: Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal/Montreal Museum of Fine Art, 1971
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.
Purdie, James. "Gallery Reviews." Globe and Mail (17 Feb. 1979): 38
Tousley, Nancy. "Three Canadian Artists Offer Varied Visions of Nature." The Calgary Herald 19 Nov. 1981: D8

Writings by
Manning, Jo. A Printmaker's Memoir: A Personal History of an Era. Toronto, Ontario: Penumbra Press, 2009
Manning, Jo. Etched in Time. Victoria, B.C.: Friesen Press, 2016

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