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MACKIE, Dora Helen

Tavistock, Ontario, 1926
Calgary, Alberta, 2018
Biography synopsis
Dora Mackie studied science before turning to art; she completed a B.Sc. at Queens University (1947) as well as an M.Sc. at the University of Toronto (1949) studying under Dr. Frederick Banting. She subsequently moved to Calgary where she raised her family before returning to studies at the University of Calgary where she received her B.F.A. (1973). She was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and the Alberta Society of Artists. She is well known for her woodblock prints and etchings, although she also worked with charcoal and watercolor. Her subjects included landscapes, prairie culture, animals, plants and wild flowers. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are held in collections around the world. She donated a copy of all her prints to the Nickle Galleries (University of Calgary).
Media used
University of Calgary, ? - 1973 (under John Esler and Noboru Sawai)
Banff School of Fine Arts, 1981 - ?
Emma Lake - University of Saskatchewan Art School, 1980 - ?
Alberta College of Art
Alberta Society of Artists, 1976-198, 1982-2000
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
File & Archive locations
Alberta Culture and Community Spirit - Arts Branch
Calgary Public Library, AB - Arts Department
Edmonton Art Gallery, AB - Library
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of Calgary Library, AB
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library

Writings about
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program. Edmonton: Alberta Foundation for the Arts [2001-2003], 2001
Cochran, Bente Roed. Printmaking in Alberta 1945-1985 Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1989
Laviolette, Mary Beth. Alberta Art Chronicle: Adventures in Recent and Contemporary Art, 1970-2000. Canmore, Alberta: Altitude Publishing, 2006
Mandel, Charles. "Just For The Love Of It ...; Canadian Block Printing has Never Looked So Good." Edmonton Journal 13 Jan. 1999: C2
Sowiak, Christine. Fine Lines: Drawings from the Nickle Collection and the Mackie Donation. Calgary, Alberta: Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary, 2014
Sternberg, Harry. Woodcut. New York: Pitman Art Books, 1962
Zimon, Kathy E. Alberta Society of Artists: The First Seventy Years Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2000

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