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MEAGHER, Aileen Alethea

Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1910
Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1987
Biography synopsis
After an early career as an athlete winning a medal at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Meagher became a school teacher, and in 1949 began taking classes at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She studied under Ruth Wainwright and Bruce Hunter at the Nova Scotia College of Art in Halifax; later she spent summers in Toronto at the Danforth Technical School under D. Rosser and the Doon School of Fine Art under J. Hall and L.A.C. Panton. In 1954 and 1957, she took summer art courses studying under Hans Hoffman in Provincetown in 1954 and 1957. She exhibited at the Maritime Art Association, Montreal Spring Show, and in other Canadian cities. A member of the Nova Scotia Society of Artists, she was represented in the Dalhousie University Art Gallery where she won several prizes for her work. She was also noted for a collection of rubbings of Irish crosses which she donated to Irish Studies, Saint Mary's University.
Media used
Nova Scotia College of Art, 1949 - ?
Hans Hofmann's Summer School, Provincetown, 1954 - ?
File & Archive locations
Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Artexte Information Centre, QC - Documentation Centre
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library

Writings about
Works by Sarah Jackson, Carol Fraser and Aileen Meagher. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 1964
Cronin, Ray. Halifax Art and Artists: An Illustrated History Toronto: Art Institute of Canada, 2023
Kelly, Gemey. Aileen Meagher A Retrospective Halifax, Nova Scotia: The Gallery, 1985
Paikowsky, Sandra. Nova Scotian Pictures: Art in Nova Scotia, 1940-1966. Halifax: Dalhousie University Art Gallery, 1994

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