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URSENBACH, Jessie Redd

New Harmony, Utah, 1895
Lethbridge, Alberta, 1987
Biography synopsis
Jessie Ursenbach moved to southern Alberta in 1905. She studied art at the Banff School, and in 1937 was granted a Carnegie Corporation scholarship to attend the school for one month. She also attended art classes at the Ontario College of Art. She was an active member of the Alberta Society of Artists, the Federation of Canadian Artists, and the Lethbridge Sketch Club. Ursenbach taught private art lessons as well as school classes in the small Alberta communities of Raymond, Cardston and Glenwood, contributing to the supervision of art in schools of southern Alberta. Although she was taught modernist approaches, she preferred realistic renderings of landscapes, townscapes and floral subjects. Her paintings were exhibited in a variety of shows with the Alberta Society for the Arts, throughout Canada and in the United States. Her works are held in the collections of the University of Lethbridge, the Galt Museum (Lethbridge), and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, as well as in a number of private collections.
Media used
Banff School of Fine Arts (under H.G. Glyde, W.J. Phillips, A.Y. Jackson)
Ontario College of Art & Design (formerly Ontario School of Art) (under Rody Courtices)
University of Alberta (under summer sessions)
Alberta Society of Artists
Lethbridge Sketch Club
Federation of Canadian Artists
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Edmonton Art Gallery, AB - Library
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
University of Calgary Library, AB

Writings about
Lethbridge Herald 8 Apr. 1944: 16
"Artists of Southern Alberta." Historical Society of Alberta Newsletter. 1 (January 1982): 16
"Jessie's got Her Show." Lethbridge Herald 29 Jan. 1986: 3
"Lethbridge Art on Display at Calgary." Lethbridge Herald 5 June, 1948: 8
"Reflections of Old Man Watershed." Lethbridge Herald 30 May 2017
Beecher, Maureen U, Anderson, Lavina F., et al.. Sisters in Spirit: Mormon Women in Historical and Cultural Perspective. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1987, 1987
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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