Monday, October 13, 2008

Jennifer Dickson

Painter, photographer, arts activist

Born in 1936; resides in Ottawa.

Born in South Africa; emigrated to Canada in 1969.

One of Canada's most distinguished photographic artists.

Elected a Royal Academician (R.A.) by the Royal Academy of Arts in London, England in 1976; the first Canadian in the 200 year history of this prestigious institution to be so honoured.

Played an integral role in the regeneration of printmaking in England in the 1960's.

Played an instrumental role in the creation of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa.

Initiated seminars to alert students and artists to the grave dangers of exposure to certain chemicals and art materials.

Named to the order of Canada in 1995.

In 2002, the National Archives of Canada established the Jennifer Dickson Fonds; the collection will eventually hold all Jennifer Dickson's original photographic material.

In 2002, received the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award from the Council for the Arts for her contribution to the arts in Ottawa.

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