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MCBRYAN, Evelyn (Evy)

Somerset, England, 1911
Grande Paririe, Alberta, 1985
Biography synopsis
Evelyn McBryan (nee Hook) moved to Grande Prairie, Alberta with her family in 1918. She initially studied art with Euphemia McNaught before attending the Vancouver School of Art in 1936 and later the University of Alberta. In 1942 she and McNaught were commissioned by Prime Minister Mackenzie King to document the building of the Alaska Highway with their paintings. She was committed to supporting the Arts in northern Alberta Peace River country, serving on the Provincial Board of Culture and the Visual Arts Board in 1960. From 1964 to 1974, she was the Arts and Crafts Coordinator for the City of Grande Prairie. She was appointed to the Alberta Art Foundation Board in 1973, where she established a school exhibition program and was responsible for organizing the Peace Region Arts Council. In 1976 McBryan received the prestigious Alberta Achievement Award for her contributions to the arts. In 1985, the Prairie Art Gallery dedicated a room in her honor. Her work is held at the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Media used
Vancouver School of Art, 1936 - ?
University of Alberta (under Doug Barry, H.G. Glyde and J.B. Taylor)
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of Calgary Library, AB
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library

Writings about
"Recipients of 1976 Alberta Achievement Awards." Edmonton Journal 9 Nov. 1976: 20
Alberta Foundation for the Arts. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program (2003-2004). Edmonton, Alberta: Alberta Foundation for the Arts, 2003
Coates, Ken. The Road: Constructing the Alaska Highway. Edmonton, Alberta: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2005
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
Townshend, Nancy. A History of Art in Alberta, 1905-1970 Calgary, Alberta: Bayeux, 2005

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