The Canadian Art Database

Allyson Clay


1983-85   Master of Fine Arts, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
1978-80  Bachelor of Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS.
1977        Accademia delle Belle Arti, Rome, Italy.
1973-74   Loyola University of Chicago, Rome, Italy.
1972-73   Temple University of Philadelphia, Rome, Italy.
1971-72   Accademia delle Belle Arti, Rome, Italy.


1999        Quiet Enjoyment, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
1997        Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
1994        Some Places in the World a Woman Could Walk, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1993        Costin and Klintworth, Toronto, ON.
1993        Teck Gallery at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.
1992        Traces of a City in the Spaces Between Some People, Charles H. Scott Gallery,
               Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC.
1990        Traces of a City in the Spaces Between Some People, Southern Alberta Art Gallery,
               Lethbridge, AB.
1990        Traces of a City in the Spaces Between Some People, Costin and Klintworth, Toronto, ON.
1989        Costin and Klintworth, Toronto, ON.
1988        LURE, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
1988        Great Strides, Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB.
1987        Allyson Clay, YYZ, Toronto, ON.
1985        Hold It, Western Front Gallery, Vancouver, BC.


2000        Private Investigations: Merry Alpern, Allyson Clay, Jennifer Bolande, Presentation House Gallery,
               North Vancouver, BC.
1999        Vancouver Art Gallery, Recollect, Vancouver, BC.
1999        Fingerprints: Digital Culture and Contemporary Art, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC.
1998        One Night Stand: Lorna Brown, Allyson Clay, Judy Radul, Colette Urban, Kathryn Walter,
               Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON.
1998        Mémoires de Villes, RE, Paris, France.
1997        Vancouver Perspectives, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.
1996        Vancouver Perspectives, Yokohama Citizen´s Gallery, Yokohama.
1996        The Culture of Nature, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC.
1996        Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
1996        Urban Fictions, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC. Curated by Lynne Bell.
1995        Allyson Clay and Shonagh Alexander, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
1995        Picture Theory, YYZ Artists Outlet, Toronto, ON. Curated by Carol Laing.
1995        Women and Pain,t , Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK. Curated by Judith Mastai.
1993        Reflecting Paradise, Canadian Pavilion, Expo ´93, Taejon, South Korea.
               Curated by Jeffrey Spalding.
1993        Visual Evidence, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK.
1993        Drawings by Artists, Sculptors and Architects, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
1993        Working Documents, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
1991        Telltale: Restructured Narratives in Contemporary Canadian Art, Snelgrove Art Gallery
               at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.
1991        Westcoast Stories, Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB.
1991        University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB.
1990        Telling Things, Art Metropole, Toronto, ON. Curated by Arlene Stamp.
1990        Memory Works, London Regional Art Gallery, London, ON.Curated by Mark Cheetham.
1990        Memory Works, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB.
1986        Fracture, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC.
1986        Ricochet, Sala 1, Rome, Italy.
1986        Vancouver Now/ Vancouver 86, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, AB.
1985        Urban Circuit, (N)on Commercial Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
1985        Four Painters, Houston-Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC.


Art Gallery of North York, Toronto, ON.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON.
Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC.
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON.
Kenderdine Gallery, Saskatoon, SK.
Pirandello Museum, Agrigento, Italy.
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, AB.
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC.

Note: an asterisk (*) after an entry indicates an exhibition catalogue or brochure

Published writings & artrists projects by Allyson Clay

Constant Longing (Work and Travel): Journal Excerpt with Dreams. In So, to Speak, edited by Jean-Pierre Gilbert, Sylvie Gilbert and Lesley Johnstone. Montreal: Artextes Editions/ Prendre Parole, 2000.
(p. 109), Some places in the world a woman could walk pp. 86-89, Instead, cover illustration, Tessera,
no. 17 Winter 1995.
Capilano Review (Vancouver), series 2:6/7 1991.
(Project #5 from Loci: performance for one person in a domestic interior.) Front Magazine, Vancouver,
December 1989/ January 1990.
Project #2 from Loci: performance for one person in any interior space.. Not This, but Something Else. Blackflash, Saskatoon. 16, no. 1 :12-17. Summer 1998.
Salzman, Greg. Abstraction Today? C Magazine, Toronto, no. 42 : 20-29, Summer 1994.
(Panel discussion organized and edited by Allyson Clay.) Stories. Toronto: Costin and Klintworth Gallery, 1989.
(Chapbook to accompany the Paintings with Voices exhibition.)*
Women and Paint: Reflections on the Fraughtness of Painting. Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, pp. 36-39. 1995*.

Articles & reviews

Allyson Clay: Recent Work. Edmonton: Edmonton Art Gallery, 1993.*
Bell, Lynn. taking a walk in the city. In Urban Fictions. Vancouver: Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver,
pp. 43-56. 1997 *
Bentley-Mays, John. A telling brush with text-based art. The Globe and Mail, Toronto, 22 June 1990. Blanchette, Marion. Vancouver ´86: Insertion. Vancouver Now. Banff, Alberta: Walter Phillips Gallery, 1986.*
Borsa, Joan. A Parody of Her Own Disguises. Traces of a City in the Spaces Between Some People. Vancouver:
Charles H. Scott Gallery, 1992.*
Cheetham, Mark, and Linda Hutcheon. Remembering Postmodernism. Toronto: Oxford University Press,
p 29-34; La Mémoire Postmoderne: Essai sur l´art canadien contemporain (French edition), pp. 60-68. 1991.
Gopnik, Blake. A City Worth of Art. The Globe and Mail, Toronto, p. C4. 26 October 1999.
Gopnik, Blake. Out and about in Vancouver. Globe and Mail, p. R5. 21 March 2000.
Gustafson, Paula. Art for the Visually Literate. X-tra West, no. 46 : 21. 18 May 1995.
Harris, Mark. Allyson Clay. Canadian Art, Toronto, 2, no. 3. : 92-93 Fall 1985.
Ho, Rosa. rethinking the ´terminal city´. In Urban Fictions. Vancouver: Presentation House Gallery, pp. 5-9.1997*
Hurtig, Annette, The Culture of Nature. Art and its Practices (An Investigation of Contemporary Art).
Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC. 1996.*
Jenkner, Ingrid. Critical Fictions. Visual Evidence. Regina: Dunlop Art Gallery,pp. 16-34. 1993*
Johnson, Eve. Paintings that are More than Pictures. Vancouver Sun, p. 87.10 May 1985.
Keziere, Russell. The Paintings of Allyson Clay. Vancouver: Contemporary Art Gallery, 1985.*
Keziere, Russell. The Paintings of Allyson Clay. Vanguard, Vancouver, 17, no. 5 and 6.: 10-13 Summer 1985.
Laing, Carol. Crossing Paths. Picture Theory. Toronto: YYZ Artist Outlet, pp. 6-11, 41. 1995.*
Laurence, Robin. Exploring the Plight of Women in Urban Settings. Vancouver Sun, p. D5. 1996.
Laurence, Robin. Review. Georgia Straight, Vancouver, 22-29, p. 59. May 1997.
Laurence, Robin. Seeing Everything Twice. Vancouver Sun, p. D5. 2 June 1995.
Laurence, Robin. Women Challenge Paint´s Patriarchal Past. Georgia Straight, Vancouver, 26 June - 2 July 1992.
Lure. Vancouver: Artspeak Gallery, 1988.*
Mallon, Matthew. All Girls School. Western Living, Vancouver, : 14-17, 30. Winter 1998.
Mansell, Alice. Woman as Artist: Papers in Honour of Marsha Hanen. Contemporary Art and Critical Theory in Canada.
Edited by Christine Sutherland and Beverly Rasporich. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 1993.
Mastai, Judith. The Postmodern Flaneuse. Allyson Clay: Recent Work. Edmonton Art Gallery, 1992.*
Mills, Josephine. Interview with Allyson Clay and Susan Schuppli, Blackflash, Saskatoon, 17, no. 3: 4-13. 2000.
Morris, Meaghan. Intimations of a Counter-Sublime: Clay, Ayearst. C Magazine, no. 44: 37-39 Winter 1995.
O’Brian, Melanie. Allyson Clay: Quiet Enjoyment, Vancouver, Catriona Jeffries Gallery Picture Theory. Toronto:
YYZ Artist Outlet, 1995.*
Rosenberg, Ann. Pairing excited mind, heart. Vancouver Sun, 20 June 1992.
Salzman, Gregory. Allyson Clay. Parachute, Montreal, : 40-41. Spring 1991.
Scott, Michael. Art of the sneak peek. Vancouver Sun, p. E13. 11 March 2000.
Spalding, Jeffrey, ed. Reflecting Paradise. Lethbridge: University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 1995.* Spalding, Jeffrey, ed., Reflecting Paradise. Lethbridge, AB. University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 1992.*
Stories. Toronto: Costin and Klintworth Gallery, 1989.*
Traces of a City in the Spaces Between Some People. Vancouver: Charles H. Scott Gallery, 1992.*
Urban Fictions. North Vancouver: Presentation House, 1997.*
Visual Evidence. Regina: Dunlop Art Gallery, 1993.*
Wallace, Keith. What Meaning is. Georgia Straight, Vancouver: 5. 24-31 May 1985.
Watson, Petra. In the Galleries. National Post, Toronto, p. D7. 25 October 1999.
Watson, Scott. Fast Forward, section. Canadian Art, Toronto:.45. Fall 1990.
Watson, Scott. The Generic City and its Discontents. Arts Magazine, New York : 62. 1991.
Women and Paint: Reflections on the Fraughtness of Painting. Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 1995.* Young, Jane. Allyson Clay. Vanguard, Vancouver: 37-38. February 1983.