The Canadian Art Database

Terry Fenton

July 1, 1940, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Critic, curator, and author of articles and books on Canadian and international artists. Books on Anthony Caro and Kenneth Noland are available around the world. Author of guides to the appreciation of art for the interested layman as well as co-host of a radio program on artists and art.
In 1982 at request of Sir Anthony Caro and Hon. Robert Loder helped found Triangle Artists Workshop in New York State, a facility devised to bring together ambitious artists from around the world at no cost to government.
Frequent guest critic at artists workshops in Canada, America, and England. In-studio critic and coach to painters and sculptors in America, England, and Canada.
Advisor to collectors both corporate and private, specializing in contemporary painting, sculpture, and photography.
Landscape painter with work in national and international collections.
Director of The Edmonton Art Gallery from 1972-1988. During this time helped make Edmonton an international center for both the collection and creation of art. That direction involved:
- a vital and effective exhibition and extension program;
- a provocative series of publications;
- a public EDUCATION program designed to teach the principles of appreciation;
- the establishment of an outstanding collection of Canadian and international art; and
- the creation of strong links between the gallery and local artists and collectors.
Artistic Director of the Leighton Foundation, Calgary, 1988-93.
Director of the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, 1993-97
President, Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, 1997-2000
Currently self-employed landscape painter, writer, art consultant.



1999         Artist; writer; president, Saskatchewan Arts Alliance; Canadian contributor, Architectural Digest (1999).
1997-98    Terry Fenton Art Services Inc.
1993-97    Director, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1987-93    Terry Fenton Art Services Inc., Artistic Director to the Leighton Foundation, Calgary, Alberta
1972-87    Director, The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.
1965-71    Assistant to the Director, The Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan.
1962-65    Social Worker I with the Alberta Department of Public Welfare, Edmonton, Alberta.


1988        Alberta Achievement Award


1969        Emma Lake Artists Workshop (led by Michael Steiner).
1970        1967 Emma Lake Artist's Workshop (led by Frank Stella).
1971        1965-66 University of Regina, post-graduate studies in English Literature.
1972        1965 Emma Lake Artists Workshop (led by Lawrence Alloway and John Cage).
1973        1960-62 University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, BA cum laude, English Literature.
1974        1958-60 School of Fine Art, Regina College.


2004        "A Wide Horizon" Swift Current Art Gallery & Moose Jaw Art Gallery,
               catalogue introduction by Helen Marzolf
               Solo Exhibition, Virginia Christopher Fine Art, Calgary
               Solo Exhibition, Winchester Gallery, Victoria
2003        Solo Exhibition, Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC
               Solo Exhibition, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg
               Group Exhibition, Regina paintings, Regina Public Library
2002        Solo Exhibition, Winchester Gallery, Victoria, BC
2001        Solo Exhibition, Bugera Kmet Gallery, Edmonton
1999        Solo Exhibition, Bugera Kmet Gallery, Edmonton
1998        "Visiting Artists, LandScape 98" Group exhibition, Art Placement, Saskatoon
1996        Solo exhibition, Bugera Kmet Gallery, Edmonton;
               group exhibitions , Art Placement, Saskatoon, Leighton Foundation, Calgary.
1995        Solo Exhibition, Loading Bay Gallery, Calgary
               group exhibitions at Meredith Long Gallery, Houston; Koffler Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY;
               and art placement, Saskatoon
1994        solo exhibitions, Bugera/Kmet Gallery, Edmonton
               Solo exhibition, Leighton Foundation, Calgary
1993        Large Recent Paintings, RXN Visions, Calgary
               Recent Work, Leighton Foundation, Calgary
               Group Exhibition, Bugera/Kmet Gallery, Edmonton
               Solo Exhibition, Bugera/Kmet Gallery, Edmonton
1992        "Small Oils from Nature":
               Group exhibition organized by the Leighton Foundation
               Christmas Exhibition, RXN Visions, Calgary
1991        Solo exhibition, the Leighton Foundation, Calgary
1990        Solo exhibition, The Gallery, art placement, Saskatoon
               Group exhibition, Western Landscape Painters, Gallery One, Toronto
               Solo exhibition, Gallery on Whyte, Edmonton
1989        Solo exhibition, Gallery on Whyte, Edmonton
               Solo exhibition, Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary
               Group Drawing exhibition, Edmonton Art Gallery
1988        Alberta Landscape Painters, ACA Gallery, Calgary
               Summer exhibition, Edmonton Art Gallery
               Group Paint-In exhibition, Leighton Foundation
1987        Solo exhibition, Grand Forks Regional Art Gallery, Grand Forks, B.C.
1986        Solo exhibition, Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary.
1985        Two person exhibition, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York City.
               "Western Landscape Painters", Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary.
1984        Solo exhibition, The Gallery, art placement, Saskatoon.
1983        Solo exhibition, Gallery One, Toronto.
               Solo exhibition, Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton.
1982        "Three Edmonton Landscape Painters", Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary.
               Solo exhibition, Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary.
               Gallery artists, Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton.
1981        Solo exhibition, Hett Gallery, Edmonton.
               Gallery artists, Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton.
               Landscape artists, The Gallery, art placement, Saskatoon.
1979        Solo exhibition, Hett Gallery, Edmonton.
1978        Two person exhibition (with Ron Myren), Canadian Galleries, Calgary
1970        Two person exhibition (with Dorothy Knowles),
               Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library.


Leighton Foundation
Site 31, Box 9, RR 8
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2J 2T9
403 931-3153

Virginia Christopher Fine Art
222 Riverfront Ave. SW
Calgary AB T2P 0A5
403 263-4346
web site:

Bugera Gallery
12310 Jasper Ave
Edmonton, Alberta
T5N 3K5

The Gallery/Art Placement
228-3rd Ave South
(Travelers Blk Annex)
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 1L9
306 664-3385
306 933-2521 FAX
web site:

Assiniboia Gallery
2429 11th Ave
Regina, SK S4P 0K4
306 522-0997
web site:

Mayberry Fine Art
212 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3B 0S3
204 255 5690
web site:

Meredith Long Gallery
2323 San Felipe Road
Houston, TX 77019
713 523-6671
713 523-2355 FAX
web site:

Kathryn Markel Fine Art
529 W. 20th St., 6th Floor
New York, NY 10011
212 226.3608
Fax:212 226.3654
web site:

Winchester Galleries
2260 Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria BC V8R 1G7
250 595-27771010 Broad St
Victoria BC V8W 1Z9
250 386-2773
web site:


Alberta Foundation For The Arts
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Canada Council Art Bank
Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina
Edmonton Art Gallery
Kamloops Art Gallery
Leighton Foundation, Calgary
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
Moose Jaw Art Museum
Saskatchewan Arts Board

Private and corporate collections in Canada, USA, and England
University of Lethbridge
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon


Anthony Caro: The Emma Lake Sculptures, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids,
Michigan, May 2003
"Qu'appelle, Tales of Two Valleys", Border Crossings, Nov. 2002.
Kenneth Noland, Themes and Variations, 1958-2000, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; 2002
The English Novelty - British Watercolours from the 18th, 19th, & 20th Centuries, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon.        < >
Appreciating Noland, Edmonton Art Gallery, 1991
A. C. Leighton in the Rockies, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, 1989.
Anthony Caro, Ediciones Poligrapha, Barcelona, 1986; Thames and Hudson, London, 1986; Rizzoli,
New York, 1986.
Peter Hide in Canada, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1986.
Dorothy Knowles: Paintings 1964-1982, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1983.
Jules Olitski and the Tradition of Oil Painting, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1979.
Modern Painting in Canada, (with Karen Wilkin), Hurtig, Edmonton, 1978.
The Picture Book, Edmonton Art Gallery, 1978.
The ABC of Sculpture, Edmonton, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1974.
How to look at a Painting, Edmonton, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1975.
Abstraction West: Emma Lake and After, National Gallery of Canada, 1975.
Jack Bush: A Retrospective, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1975.
Watercolour Painters from Saskatchewan, National Gallery of Canada, 1971.


1998        Art Gallery Grants juror, Canada Council.
               Two lectures, University of Lethbridge.
               Chair and Visiting Artist, LandScape 98, Saskatoon.
               Commissioned by Cameco Corp to make paintings of Uranium mine sites in northern Saskatchewan.
1997        Visiting Artist, Leighton Foundation, Calgary.
1993        Panel speaker: "The Influence of Art Institutions on the Production of Art". University of Lethbridge.
1992        Organized: three Visiting Artists Sessions for Leighton Foundation, two near Calgary,
               one near Pincher Creek.
1991        July. Working artist and visiting critic, Emma Lake Artists Workshop.
               Sept. Organizer and participant, Leighton Foundation Visiting Artists Session, Waterton, AB.
               Organized three other Visiting Artists Sessions and two Paint-Ins for Leighton Foundation.
1990        Organizer of three Leighton Foundation Visiting Artists Sessions.
               Visiting critic, Hardingham Sculpture Workshop, Norfolk, England.
1989        May. Organizer and participant, Leighton Foundation Landscape Workshop.
1988        July. Visiting Critic, Emma Lake Artists Workshop, Canada.
               August. Visiting Critic, Hardingham Workshop, Norfolk, England.
               September: Organized first "Paint-In" at Leighton Foundation, Calgary.
1986        August. Visiting Critic, Hardingham Workshop, Norfolk, England.
1985        May 23. Position Paper on Federal Arts Funding, CMA Annual Conference, Ottawa.
               June. Visiting critic, Sculptors Workshop, Medicine Hat, Alberta.
1984        Sculpture events at the Royal College of Art, London, England, May 1984:
               May 15. "What was St. Martins?" (Panel chairman).
               May 17. "Sculpture in Western Canada", (Lecture).
               May 18. "Cycles and Watersheds: Recent Developments in Sculpture", (Panel chairman).
1982        July. Triangle Workshop: With Sir Anthony Caro and Robert Loder, MP, co-founder and organizer as
               well as first visiting critic at Triangle Artists Workshop, Pine Plains, N.Y.
1980        Juror, Red Deer Sculpture Symposium.
1978        Jan 18. Juror, Commonwealth Games Sculpture Symposium.
               May 6-7. Juror, SGIO Juried Art Competition, Regina.
               Sept. 27. Lecture, "Contemporary Art and Western Canada", The Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery.
1977        Feb. 4. Panel Moderator: "Canadian Artists on Canadian Art", The Hirshhorn Museum and
               Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
               March 2-3. Keynote speaker and panel moderator at a symposium on Contemporary Canadian
               Painting organized by
               The Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston.
               May. Lecture, "New Canadian Painting", Southern Alberta Art Gallery.
               May 26. Opening speaker, Jack Bush Retrospective Exhibition, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa,
               August. Visiting critic (with sculptor Sir Anthony Caro) at Emma Lake Artists Workshop.
               Oct. 6. Lecture, "The Art Environment in Canada", Canadian Society of education Through Art,
               Annual Meeting, Calgary.
               Dec. 1. Lecture, "Pictorial Art", The Banff Centre.
1975-78   "Lives of the Painters", weekly radio series on CFRN-FM, Edmonton.