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CARDIFF, Kathleen May

Edmonton, Alberta, 1913
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Biography synopsis
Kathleen Cardiff was a Christmas card designer and graphic artist before becoming a printmaker. In the early 1950s she studied silkscreening and serigraphy with George Weber at the Edmonton Art Gallery and also pursued studies at the University of Alberta Extension Program. She exhibited her prints in Edmonton galleries before moving to Toronto in 1959. Cardiff's work focused on Canadian landscapes and later evolved to abstract representations of trees. She exhibited at annual shows of the Society of Canadian Painter Etchers and Engravers (CPE) and was actively involved with the association, serving as the last president from 1974-1976 before it merged with the Canadian Society of Graphic Arts (CSGA) to become the Print and Drawing Council of Canada. She was also a member of the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA) at various times between 1950-1984. Her prints have been exhibited in Hamilton and Toronto as well as the Winnipeg Biennial (1963). Her work can be found in the collections of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Art Gallery of Hamilton.
Media used
Edmonton Art Gallery, 1957 - ? (under George Weber)
University of Alberta, 1950 - 1952
Alberta Society of Artists
Society of Canadian Painter-Etchers and Engravers
Print and Drawing Council of Canada, 1977
File & Archive locations
Edmonton Art Gallery, AB - Library
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of Calgary Library, AB

Writings about
"The Process of Silk Screen Exhibition." Ottawa Journal 2 Dec. 1967: 45
Alberta Society of Artists, Edmonton Art Gallery. Alberta Society of Artists. Edmonton Art Gallery, 1975
Cochran, Bente Roed. Printmaking in Alberta 1945-1985 Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1989
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.
Prakash, A. K. Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women's Art Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2008
Zimon, Kathy E. Alberta Society of Artists: The First Seventy Years Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2000

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