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Vibrant story of the dynamic art scene in British Columbia: Gary Simís collection

BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS awarded BCHF CERTIFICATE OF MERIT May 11 2013




INTRODUCTION
ABOUT THE BC ARTISTS ALPHABETICAL INDEX
ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES
ABOUT THE BC ARTISTS BIBLIOGRAPHY
NOMINATIONS & AWARDS
LINKS AND NEWS FOR BC ARTISTS


INTRODUCTION

BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS (BC ARTISTS) is an extensive digital finding aid to reference information on more than 19,700 artists who worked or are working in British Columbia, from the 1700s to the present day. Artist information has been compiled from more than 3,000 bibliographic references, including exhibition catalogues, books, prospectii, newspaper reviews, archival records, personal correspondence, websites, and artist statements. The bibliographic references are linked to the artist index with more than 40,000 individual cross-references. Thousands more references are contained in 1,745 artist biographical files.

The information is presented in over 3,600 web pages and 1,000 images, all extensively hyperlinked (there are more than 100,000 links in the project) from the main BC ARTISTS ALPHABETICAL INDEX. The project will run on any device with a web browser (computer, laptop, tablet, cell phone) regardless of operating system or browser.


Current printout of the entire project in 3-ring binders.
(the A to Z binders also contain related ephemera)

All files are printable with a single click. A single-sided printout of the entire project, using a 12-point font, takes approximately 5,000 pages. The A to Z artist index alone takes over 600 pages. Over 16,000 individual artworks are listed in transcribed exhibition catalogues, which provides a huge database of titles, mediums, and sales prices. These are also compiled vertically into artist biographies.


ABOUT THE BC ARTISTS ALPHABETICAL INDEX

Artists are listed alphabetically, with vital statistics and formal education listed if known, and a list of bibliographic references in which each artist is included. The table below shows 2 typical entries from the S index, in this case for Herbert Siebner and the editor. Each reference has a unique abbreviation with a date code, and the abbreviation is hyperlinked to more information about the reference. Emphasis has been placed on listing references that contain biographical information. (Note: the links in the box below are not active). If the artist exhibited artwork in Vancouver prior to 1950, they will typically have their own biographical file.

Siebner, Herbert Johannes Josef 1925 - 2003 b Stettin, Germany  arr Victoria 1954  BCA57/58/60  BCSFA58-61/67  VAG58  ARCA1973  3BC74  BCAC80  AGGV86  VAG04  AIC  CC1  VPL  Limner  BIBLIO
Sim, Gary Keith 1951 - b Sept 26 Vancouver  AVA98  AVA99  AVA00  GO00  CT11  AMP135  AIC  BIBLIO  www.sim-publishing.com


ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Each biographical page is divided into seven main sections that may or may not contain information about the artist:
1. The artist's name in full, including optional spellings, single and married names.
2. The artist's dates of birth and death, as known and if applicable.
3. Groups and associations that the artist belonged to or exhibited with.
4. A biographical summary of the artist.
5. A summary of exhibitions, linked to transcribed exhibition catalogues.
6. A summary of reference material with artist references or illustrations.
7. A summary of published artist reviews, linked to transcriptions.

The following biographical artist files are selected from the 1,745 biographical files in the project. The artists listed here have been selected because they are important early artists who have not otherwise received much attention. For example, John Kyle and Spencer Perceval Judge are not even listed in Macdonald's Dictionary of Canadian Artists, nor in McMann's Biographical Index to Canadian Artists, yet they were fundamental in their early support of the arts in BC.

Although BC artists are indexed up to and including the present day, only artists who exhibited their work in Vancouver prior to 1950 have had their biographies compiled. Since it is easier to find information on current artists than it is finding 100 year old information, it made sense to transcribe and compile the earlier exhibition catalogues. These files became the basis for creation of the biographical files.

FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE BC SOCIETY OF FINE ARTS (1908)
Fripp, Thomas William
Hawkins, Norman Henry
Judge, Spencer Perceval
Kyle, John
McEvoy, Bernard
FOUNDING STAFF OF THE VANCOUVER SCHOOL OF ART (1925)
Hoole, Kate Smith
Marega, Charles
Scott, Charles Hepburn
Sharp, George Lister Thornton
FOUNDING STUDENTS OF THE VANCOUVER SCHOOL OF ART (1925)
Amess, Fred
Farley, Lilias Ar de Soif
Lennie, Beatrice
Reid, Irene Hoffar
Sherman, Maud Rees
Weatherbie, Vera
Yitkon Ho
SELECTED EARLY BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS
Bell, Alistair
Binning, Bertram C.
Blomfield, James J.
Brooks, Allan
Carr, Emily
DeForest, Henry J.
Faulkner Smith, Harold Thomas
Ferris, William
Fisher, Orville
Frame, Statira
Fry, Bessie Adelaide
Hamilton, Mary Riter
Hood, Harry
Hughes, Edward J.
Innes, John
Judge, Grace
Melvin, Grace
Parker, John Delisle
Phillips, Walter Joseph
Robertson, Maisie
Shadbolt, Jack
Tytler, Stanley
Wake, Margaret
Weston, William Perceval


ABOUT THE BC ARTISTS BIBLIOGRAPHY of MONOGRAPHS

A bibliography of artist monographs has been compiled and linked into the BC ARTISTS index files and artist biographies. Many of the publications are limited edition, or from countries around the world such as Japan, Mexico, England, Netherlands, Germany, Indonesia, and France and thus not easily sourced. Numerous catalogues have been donated by artists, curators, and galleries. The bibliography currently lists 946 monographs for 454 artists.


This is about 3/4 of the current BC ARTISTS monograph collection.


NOMINATIONS & AWARDS

Awarded PUBLISHING GRANT from Dr. Yosef Wosk, Vancouver, 2019
Awarded PUBLISHING GRANT from Dr. Charles C. Hill, Ottawa, 2019
Nominated for Melva J. Dwyer Award, 2019
National Gallery of Canada exhibition: B.C. ARTISTS - THE GARY SIM DONATION, 2018
Awarded B.C. Historical Federation CERTIFICATE OF MERIT, 2013
Nominated for Melva J. Dwyer Award, 2011
Nominated for Melva J. Dwyer Award, 2010
Nominated for Melva J. Dwyer Award, 2005
Nominated for Vancouver Art Award, 2005
Nominated for Vancouver Heritage Award, 2004


LINKS & NEWS FOR BC ARTISTS


BC ARTS POST


Vancouver Art Gallery Library & Archives


University of British Columbia Library


BC Historical Federation


Vancouver Art Gallery Library & Archives


National Gallery of Canada Library & Archives (see NGC 2018)


National Gallery of Canada Library & Archives (see NGC 2018)



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