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FORSYTH, Mina Mabel

Estevan, Saskatchewan, 1920
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1987
Biography synopsis
Mina Mabel Forsyth (nee McDonald) pursued various careers before studying art at the University of Manitoba, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1955) and a Masters of Fine Arts from Michigan State University (1957). In 1966, she began teaching painting and drawing at the University of Saskatchewan. Between 1955 and 1987 Forsyth attended five Emma Lake Workshops; in 1977 she was a guest artist. Throughout her career Forsyth’s main focus was on the continued improvement of her work and supporting her students in their practices. Forsyth received a posthumous Lifetime Award from the Saskatchewan Arts Board in 1991. Her expressionist and abstract landscapes, figurative works, as well as still life paintings are found in many public and private collections in Canada including the ReMai Modern Museum.
Media used
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
University of Manitoba, ? - 1955
Michigan State University, ? - 1957
File & Archive locations
Artexte Information Centre, QC - Documentation Centre
Alberta Culture and Community Spirit - Arts Branch
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
London Public Library, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Saskatchewan Archival Information Network (SAIN)
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
University of Saskatchewan Archives

Writings about
A Passionate Eye: Mina Forsyth. Regina, Saskatchewan: Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council, 1997
Another Eleven Saskatchewan Artists Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Mendel Art Gallery, 1972
"Saskatchewan and the Visual Arts." Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists 2009
Arnold, Grant. Mina Forsyth: Flowers and Heads Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Mendel Art Gallery, 1985
Dillow, Nancy. Emma Lake Workshops, 1955-1973. Regina, Saskatchewan: Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, 1973
Heller, Jules and Nancy. North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century. New York: Garland, 1995.
Higgins, Mandy. "Exhibition Features Abstract Pieces by Saskatchewan Artists." Moose Jaw Times-Herald 10 Apr. 2010: A11
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.
Newman, Marketa. The Biographical Dictionary of Saskatchewan Artists, Women Artists. Saskatoon: Fifth House, 1990
Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery. Saskatchewan: Art and Artists. Regina: Regina Public Library Art Gallery, 1971
O'Brian, John et al.. The Flat Side of the Landscape: The Emma Lake Artists' Workshops. Saskatoon, Sask: Mendel Art Gallery, 1989., 1989
Prakash, A. K. Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women's Art Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2008
Roberts, Lorne. "Big Print: U of M exhibit of Printmaking Highlights City as Hotbed of Creativity during the '50s." Winnipeg Free Press 16 Dec. 2004: D5

Writings by
Forsyth, Mina Mabel. Drawings and Paintings Michigan, United States of America: Michigan State University, 1957
Forsyth, Mina Mabel. The Painting of a Triptych: Subject Matter - Saskatchewan Winnipeg, Manitob: University of Manitoba, 1955

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