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Marlene Creates

Marlene Creates lives in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland, Canada. She was born in Montreal, studied visual arts at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. She lived in Ottawa for twelve years before moving to Newfoundland - the home of her maternal ancestors - in 1985. For over twenty-five years her work has been an exploration of the relationship between human experience, memory, language, and the land.

Since the 1970s her work has been presented in over 200 solo and group exhibitions across Canada and in Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Denmark, and the USA. She has also been the curator of several exhibitions, worked in artist-run centres (SAW Gallery in Ottawa and Eastern Edge in St. John's), and taught visual arts at the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.

She has been a guest lecturer at over 100 institutions, among them the National Gallery of Canada, the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Oxford, the University of Kent at Canterbury, the University of Hartford, and many Canadian universities. She was an invited panelist at the Fifth National Women in Photography conference, held in Boston in 1997.

Her list of solo exhibitions includes Saint Mary's University Art Gallery (Halifax, 2005), The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery (St. John's, Newfoundland, 2005), Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2001), Watershed Media Centre (Bristol, UK, 1999), McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg, 1997), Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde as part of Fotofeis, the international photography festival in Scotland (Glasgow, 1995), Gallery 44 (Toronto, 1993), Presentation House Gallery (N. Vancouver, 1990), and a twelve-year survey of her work, Marlene Creates: Landworks 1979-1991, organized by Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John's, which toured across Canada (1993-95).

Her work has also been included in many group exhibitions including the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (Ottawa, 2005); Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art (Toronto, 2005); Yukon Arts Centre (Whitehorse, 2004); Art Gallery of Hamilton (2004); National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, 1999); CIAC - Centre international d'art contemporain (Montréal, 1998); Joseloff Gallery (University of Hartford, Connecticut, 1995); Swinging the Lead as part of the International Festival of the Sea (Bristol, UK, 1996); and an international exhibition of contemporary art - Container 96, Art Across Oceans - in which 96 artists from port cities around the world installed their work in shipping containers along the harbourfront in Copenhagen as part of the Cultural Capital of Europe 1996.

Her work is in numerous public collections including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Canada Council Art Bank; Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa; City of Montreal; Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax; Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada; Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina; Government of Newfoundland & Labrador; MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina; Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery; Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Oakville Galleries; Ottawa Art Gallery; The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John's; and Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound.

She received the 1996 Artist of the Year Award from the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council, the first visual artist to receive this award, and in 2001 she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

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