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Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1910
Saskatchewan, 2004
Biography synopsis
Recognized for her watercolours, Reta Madeline Cowley (née Summers) studied painting at the University of Saskatchewan, at Emma Lake with A.F. Kenderdine, and also at the Banff School of Fine Arts with W.J. Phillips. In addition to these two artists, her work was influenced by Nikola Bjelajac and Eli Bornstein. She taught at Emma Lake in 1948-49, and again in 1953. She is represented at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Media used
Banff School of Fine Arts, 1941 - 1944 (under W.J. Phillips)
Emma Lake - University of Saskatchewan Art School, 1937 - 1940 (under A.F. Kenderdine)
Saskatchewan Society of Artists
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Edmonton Art Gallery, AB - Library
London Art Gallery, ON
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, QC - Media Centre
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
University of Calgary Library, AB
University of Manitoba - Architecture and Fine Arts Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Artexte Information Centre, QC - Documentation Centre
Alberta Culture and Community Spirit - Arts Branch
London Public Library, ON
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
University of Saskatchewan Archives
Museum of Modern Art, NY

Writings about
From realism to abstraction : Saskatchewan artists Regina: Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, 1970.
Pages From a Summer Sketch Book : Six Pen and Ink Drawings Saskatoon: Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory, 1969.
Reta Cowley : Recent Works on Paper Toronto: Gallery One, 1986.
Saskatoon--Thirteen Artists. Regina: Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, 1969.
The Private eye : Sandra Blow, Paul-Emile Borduas, Eli Bornstein, Jack Bush, Reta Cowley... Saskatoon: Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation, 1979.
Dillow, Nancy. Reta Cowley Regina: Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, 1975.
Fenotn, Terry. Watercolour Painters from Saskatchewan/Aquarellistes de la Saskatchewan Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1971.
Fenton, Terry. Reta Summers Cowley Reta Summers Cowley Reta Summers Cowley Reta Summers Cowley Reta Summers Cowley Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006.
Fenton, Terry. High Culture in Prairie Canada Art-News Vol. 73, Sept. 1974: 27-29.
Greenberg, Clement. "Clement Greenberg's View of Art on the Prairies." Canadian Art 20.2 (1984): 96.
Long, Timothy. Picasso on the Prairies Regina: Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, 1993.
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.
Millard, Peter. Reta Cowley Arts West Vol. 3 - 3, May, June 1978: 4-7.
Newman, Marketa. The Biographical Dictionary of Saskatchewan Artists, 2 Volumes. Saskatoon: Fifth House, 1990.
Ouellet, Raymond. Reta Cowley Edmonton: Edmonton Art Gallery, 1976.
Ring, Dan. Reta Cowley:a Survey Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 1986.
Rockman, Arnold. How 20 Canadians Draw the Line Canadian Art Vol. 21, Mar 1964: 85-95.
Walters, Louise. Saskatoon Women Artists Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 1975.

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