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Vilnius, Lithuania, 1900
Ottawa, Ontario, 1992
Biography synopsis
Born in Eastern Europe, Mary Schneider studied art in Warsaw, Berlin and Paris, winning international awards for her painting. She married Roman Schneider, a professor of applied art in Warsaw, in 1935. The couple was interned in work camps in Siberia during the war, but Schneider drew and sketched throughout her imprisonment. After emigrating to Canada in 1950, she continued to paint and exhibit her work across the country, often at the Pollock Gallery in Toronto. In 1963, the Schneiders established the Schneider School of Fine Arts in Actinolite, Ontario, at which a number of Canadian artists, many hailing from Toronto, Montreal, and other urban centres, spent their art holidays. Highly involved in the Ontario arts scene, she also served as director of the Madoc Art Centre, taught at the Artists' Workshop, was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Colour and Form Society, and founded the Mary Schneider Art Club. For the Canadian centennial celebration, Schneider was commissioned to create a series of prints of famous Canadian scenes. In recognition of her accomplishments, the artist was awarded the Polish Golden Cross of Merit in 1969. Students of the Ontario College of Art and Design continue to benefit from the scholarships she established upon her death, including the Mary Schneider Juried Art and Design Award, and the Roman and Mary Schneider Foundation Scholarship.
Media used
Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Associate, 1908
Color and Form Society
Ontario Society of Artists
File & Archive locations
Edmonton Art Gallery, AB - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Toronto Reference Library, ON
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON

Writings about
"City Sights in Black and White." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 9 Apr. 1969: 10
"Classes Outdoors: Summer Art Schools Beckon to Sketchers." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 7 May 1960: 17
"The Social World: The Mary Schneider Art Club..." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 9 Nov. 1962: 11
"Watercolours On Display." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 6 Feb. 1967: 9
Anderson, Janice. Creating Room: Canadian Women Mural Painters and Rereadings of the Public and the Private. Montreal: Concordia University, 2002
Cherry, Zena. "2 for the See-show." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 12 Jan. 1976: 16
Cherry, Zena. "After a Fashion: Collecting for Books." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 8 Apr. 1976: F03
Cherry, Zena. "After a Fashion: CP Celebrates German Sortie." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 26 Feb. 1976: F02
Cherry, Zena. "After a Fashion: Shape of Things to Come." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 29 Jan. 1977: 19
Cherry, Zena. "From the Hill to Moscow." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 30 Sept. 1975: 12
Cherry, Zena. "Massey Mixes Many Moneymen." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 10 Mar. 1976: 12
Cobourg Art Gallery. Prints, Drawings and Watercolours by Mary Schneider. Cobourg, Ontario: Cobourg Art Gallery, 1972
Heydenkorn, Benedykt. A Community in Transition: The Polish Group in Canada. Toronto: Canadian Polish Research Institute, 1985
Kos-Rabcewicz-Zubowski, Ludwik. The Poles in Canada. Toronto: Polish Alliance Press, 1968
Kritzwiser, Kay. "At The Galleries: And the Cassons go Rolling Along." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 11 Nov. 1972: 28
Kritzwiser, Kay. "At The Galleries: Art For Sale Beside the Heated Pool." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 4 Sept. 1965: 15
Kritzwiser, Kay. "At The Galleries: Big Murals Create Moving Problems." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 21 July 1973: 26
Kritzwiser, Kay. "At The Galleries: Individuality is Exhibit's Keynote." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 15 May 1965: 15
Kritzwiser, Kay. "At The Galleries: Newcomers in Artistic No Man's Land." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 30 May 1970: 26
Kritzwiser, Kay. "At The Galleries: OCA Students Show Heavy Debt to their Alma Mater." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 18 May 1968: 26
Kritzwiser, Kay. "At The Galleries: Rebel Echoes in an Orphan Exhibition" Globe and Mail (Toronto) 22 Jan. 1972: 28
Kritzwiser, Kay. "At The Galleries: Sorel Etrog: A Master of Form." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 26 Jul. 1969: 25
Kritzwiser, Kay. "At The Galleries: Three Openings Extend the Busy Season." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 14 May 1966: 15
Kritzwiser, Kay. "At The Galleries: Travels and Toils for Coming Season." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 30 Jul. 1966: 13
Kritzwiser, Kay. "Geometry Plus Art Equals Honors for Michael Cooke." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 14 Dec. 1968: 26
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.
McCarthy, Pearl. "Art and Artists: A Few Hitting to Distinction Beats a Crowd Hitting Average." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 15 Mar. 1952: 8
McCarthy, Pearl. "Art and Artists: Culture is Evolution, Let Arts be Pleasure." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 13 May 1961: 15
McCarthy, Pearl. "Art and Artists: Gallery's Exhibition Sale Helps Build a Public Habit." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 7 Nov. 1953: 16
Pollock Gallery. Portfolio of Toronto. Toronto: Pollock Gallery, 1967
Wolodkowicz, Andrzej. Polish Contribution to Arts and Sciences in Canada. Montreal: 1969

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