The Canadian Art Database
 

   
Gerald Ferguson

BIOGRAPHY

Born Cincinnati, Ohio 1937
Canadian Citizen

Resides Halifax, Nova Scotia

STUDIED

BS Wilmington College, Ohio 1962
MFA Ohio University 1966

TEACHING POSITIONS

1965-67    Wilmington College, Ohio
1967-68    Kansas City Art Institute
1972-73    California Institute of the Arts
1968-present Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1970         Provincial Illustration, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
1970         Landscapes, Simon Fraser Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1970         Reading: The four letter words from The Standard Corpus, NSCAD, Halifax, N.S. (Dec.9)
1971         Sound Installation, Gallery A-402, California Institute of the Arts, LA
1972         Abridged Choral Reading of the Standard Corpus, NSCAD, Halifax, NS (April 17)
1973         Sound Works, Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco, California
1974         Selected Works, 1968-1973, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
1977         Gerald Ferguson, Paintings, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (catalogue)
1977         Choral Reading of the Standard Corpus, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (Nov.17)
1977         trzy obrazy/three paintings, Galeria Foksal, Warsaw, Poland (catalogue)
1978         2 Copper Plates, D.C. Space, Washington, D.C. Permanent Installation
1978         Installation of Corpus, Vitrine, Paris, France
1979         Installation, Corpus and Alphabet Pages, J.M. Godscaulx Gallery, St.Norbert College, Wisconsin
1980         Maintenance Painting (Nos.8-12), Arthur Street Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
1980         Gerald Ferguson, Paintings, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
1981         1,000,000 PENNIES, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta (brochure)
1982         Gerald Ferguson, Recent Paintings, Mercer Union, Toronto, Ontario
1984         Gerald Ferguson: Works 1978-1984, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S. (Brochure)
1984         Landscapes and Seascapes, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, N.S. (Brochure)
1986         The Famous Frank Slide, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (brochure)
1986         Landscapes, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Sask. (Catalogue)
1987         Gerald Ferguson: Landscapes, Grunwald & Watterson Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1988         Gerald Ferguson, (dl) Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1989         Gerald Ferguson: Flowers, Grunwald Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1990         Gerald Ferguson: Still Lifes, Mount St.Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax (catalogue)
1990         Silhouettes, Nova Scotia Photo Gallery Co-op, Halifax, N.S.
1990         New Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1991         Still Lifes, Zwicker's Gallery, Halifax, N.S.
1992         New Paintings and an Installation, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1993         New Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1993         3 Structures, Lallouz & Watterson, Montreal, Quebec
1994         New Paintings , Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1994         The Initial Alphabet, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia,
                Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax (catalogue).
1995         Paintings and Works on Paper, 1968-1969, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1995         Times Roman, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, and Owens Art Galley, Sackville, New Brunswick.
1995         Gerald Ferguson, Constructions: 1989-1994, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax (catalogue)
1997         Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1997         New Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1998         1,000,000 Grapes, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia (catalogue)
1999         Abstract Stencil Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1999 - 2000 One Million Grapes & One Million Pennies, 2000 and Counting, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
2000         Firebacks, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2000         Clothes Line Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2002         Gerald Ferguson: Recent Paintings, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba;
                Museum London, London, Ontario and Calgary Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, touring exhibition until 2004
2003         New Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
                1,000,000 Grapes, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario
2003         Drop Cloth Paintings, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2004         Drop Cloth Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1970         Visions, Projects and Proposals, Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham, England
1970         Information, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1970         Nirvana, Kyoto Municipal Museum, Japan
1971         45 30'N - 73 36'W, Sir George Williams Art Gallery, Montreal
1971         Wire Presentations, Gallery 16, Kyoto, Japan
1971         10 Halifax Artists, A Space Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1971         Untitled II, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1971         Lithographs, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (circulating exhibition)
1971         Prints from Halifax, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1971         Recent Vanguard Acquisitions, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
1972         Halifax-Vancouver Exchange, Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia
1973         New Graphics Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1974         Word Works, Mt. San Antonio College of Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1975         The Canadian Canvas, Travelling exhibition sponsored by TIME Magazine
                various locations across Canada. (Catalogue)
1976         Bookworks, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1976         5 artists, Ohio University Art Gallery, Ohio
1978         Works on Paper, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Alberta
1979         Compass/8 Painters, Harbourfront Art Gallery, Toronto
1980         Aspects of Canadian painting of the 70's, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta (catalogue)
                Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Sask.
1980         Personal Image for Social Space, Architectural Glass, Touring exhibition for competition finalists,
                various locations across Canada
1983         Appropriations, Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S.
1985         News from NOVA SCOTIA, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto, Ont. (Catalogue)
1986         Culture's Nature, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Sask. (catalogue)
1986         A Centennial Salute: AGNS Paintings by 15 NSCAD Studio Teachers, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax
1986         FOCUS - Canadian Art 1960-1985, 20th International Cologne Art Fair, Reinhallen,
                1,000,000 PFENNIG, Cologne, Germany (catalogue)
1988-90    Eighty/Twenty: 100 Years of NSCAD, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia,
                Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario, Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario,
                Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta. (Catalogue)
1990-on    Gallery Artists Exhibitions, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1990         Language in Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Touring (catalogue, cover)
1991         CIAE, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Chicago International Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
1992         CIAE, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Chicago International Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
1993         Terra Firma, Mt. St. Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S., (catalogue)
1994         Uses of the Vernacular in Contemporary Art,
                Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax. Nova Scotia. (Catalogue)
1994         Hidden Values: Atlantic Corps Collect, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Book)
1994-95    Hidden Values: Ontario Corps Collect, McMichael Art Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario. (Book)
1995         Milieu: The Order of the Presentation, S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1995         The Tourist, Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, Ontario. (Catalogue)
1996         List, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1996         The Middle Show, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1997         Informal Ideas 97.5, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1998         Landscape in Question, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
1998         Layers, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2000         Niagara, Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario
2000         Typecast, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2000         Art in the 2nd Half of the 20th Century, The Appleton Art Museum, Ocala, Florida
2000         Wallpapers, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2000         HX:2000, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2000         Proposals from Halifax, National Gallery of Canada, Library and Archives
2000         Informal Ideas: 00.3 (Play), Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2000-2004 Various exhibitions, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2001         Grapes and Graphs, Basement Canada, New York, New York
2003         New Prism: Layer Painting, Gallery One One One, University of Winnipeg curated by Cliff Eyland
2004         Lines Painted in Early Spring, Gerald Ferguson, Ben Reeves, Carmen Ruschiensky,
                Francine Savard curated by Patrick Mahon (catalog.) touring exhbition until 2004

SELECTED PRINCIPAL COLLECTIONS

Many public and private collections including:

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario.
Confederation Art Centre, PEI
Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Department of External Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario.
Fulcrum North Inc., The Randall/Norris Collection, Peterborough, Ontario
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
McCarthy Tetrault, Toronto, Ontario
McMillan Binch, Toronto, Ontario
Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.
Museum Struzki, Lodz, Poland
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
NOVA Corporation, Calgary, Alberta
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Toronto, Ontario
Tory, Tory, Deslauriers and Binnington, Toronto, Ontario
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
Xerox Financial Services Inc., Toronto, Ontario

SELECTED VISITING ARTIST/LECTURER/SYMPOSIA

1971         School of Visual Arts, N.Y., Visiting artist Nov.
1972         California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, Visiting artist Jan.
1972         University of Guelph, Ontario
1973         Claremont College, Los Angeles, "The Aesthetics of Ideas",
                a panel with Allan Kaprow, David Antin & Gerald Ferguson May 4
1974         Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, Visiting artist Oct.
1976         UAAC Panel Chairman, "The Material Basis of Painting", Montreal Feb.
1976         Selection Committee "Folk Art of N.S.", a national touring exhibition organized by the
                Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S.
1977         Galerie Foksal, lecture, Warsaw, Poland
                sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Culture June
1977         Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Visiting artist Oct.
1977         "Gerald Ferguson - Work", lecture at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Nov.6
1977         York University, Toronto, Visiting artist Nov.
1978         University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Visiting artist Feb.
1979         UAAC Panel, organizer and participant, "Canadian Folk Art", Halifax, N.S.
1979         Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Visiting artist Oct.18
1979         N.Y. Institute of Technology, Long Island Campus, Visiting artist Oct.23
1979         St.Norbert College, DePere, Wisconsin, Visiting artist Nov 7-9
1979         Symposium on Painting Nov 28-30, Halifax, NS
                Participants: R.Shuebrook, P.Monk, M.Jewell, F.Barth, J.Clark & G.Ferguson
1980         University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Visiting artist March 2-4
1980         "An Expurgated Survey of the Work of Gerald Ferguson", lecture at the Glenbow Museum
                Calgary, Alberta March 7
1984         Symposium on Painting (Chair) with D.Salle, R.Tomkins, R.Shuebrook, S.Funnell & D.Sigurson,
                Halifax, Nova Scotia January
1984         "Post Secondary Art Education-An International Perspective", organizer and chair,
                College Art Association annual meeting, Toronto Feb.23
1984         "Folk Art of Nova Scotia", Art Gallery of Nova Scotia advisory committee for
                national touring exhibition
1984         "Gerald Ferguson: Works 1978-1984", Gallery Talk Dalhousie University
                Halifax, N.S. Nov.16
1984         "From the Heart", National Museum of Man touring exhibition, group talk at
                the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, August
1986         "The Famous Frank Slide", Gallery Presentation, Southern Alberta Art Gallery,
                Lethbridge Feb.1
1986         Alberta College of Art, Calgary Visiting artist Feb.3
1986         "Landscape Works", Mendel Art Gallery, lecture, September.
1987         Emily Carr College of Art and Design, January, Visiting artist
1987         University of Victoria, British Columbia, January, Visiting Artist
1987         Symposium - Marsden Hartley and Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
                Oct.30, (chair) with Townsend Ludington, Roald Nasgaard, Ronald Paulson, Gail R.Scott.
1987-88    Curator, "Marsden Hartley and Nova Scotia", Mount St.Vincent University
                Art Gallery, Halifax Oct/Nov '87. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Jan/Feb '88.
1989         Banff School of Fine Art, Alberta, Artist in Residence, February
1989         Curator, Susanna Heller "Nova Scotia Paintings".
1990         "Still Lifes", Mt. St. Vincent University Art Gallery
1991         Visiting Artist-State University of New York, at Purchase, April.
1993         "Terra Firma", Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, artists' panel, October
1998         Florida State University, Tallahasse, March
1998         Southern California Art Institute, October
1999         Gerald Ferguson Works: 1968-1999, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
2002         A Survey of my Work from 1968 to Present, Museum London, London, Ontario Sept. 19

AWARDS AND HONOURS

1996         Molson Prize for the Arts
1989         Canada Council Senior Artist "A" Grant

COMMISSIONS

1969         Halifax Commons Sculpture, City of Halifax for the Canada Games

PUBLICATIONS

1970         The Standard Corpus of Present Day English Language Usage, arranged by work length and
                alphabetized within word length, NSCAD Press, Halifax, N.S.
1972         Axioms & Generalities, a book of writings published by the author
1978         The Standard Corpus of Present Day English Language Usage, arranged by word length and
                alphabetized within word length, 2nd edition, NSCAD Press, Halifax.
1979         Halifax City Hall, A Post card published and distributed by The Book Room, Halifax,
                N.S. in cooperation with Gerald Ferguson.
1982         The David Bellman Gallery Piece, review, exhibition Garry Kennedy's, Vanguard, April.
1982         Hartley, Marsden. Cleophas And His Own, A North Atlantic Tragedy, a typed manuscript by
                Hartley of his experience in Nova Scotia 1935-36, Gerald Ferguson, editor/publisher.
1984         Decoys of Nova Scotia, essay for exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
1985         Alan Barkley/Linda Holway - York University, a review of a sculptural installation,
                Vanguard Dec/Jan, pp. 33-34.
1986         Landscapes, critical text in catalogue, Mendel Art Gallery.
1987         Rockwell Kent: The Newfoundland Years, Vanguard. April/May,
                reprinted in The Kent Collector, Jackson Heights, New York.
1994         The Initial Alphabet, text for catalogue, Vancouver Art Gallery.
1997         1,000,000 Grapes, MSVU University

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

1970         Townsend, Charlotte. The Halifax Workshop, an interview with Gerald Ferguson
                Studio International.
1973         Lippard, Lucy. Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966-1972,
                Praeger, New York.
1975         Cameron, Eric. "Systems and Sensibilities, the Art of Gerald Ferguson",
                Studio International Mar/Apr. Pp.124-128.
1975         Greenwood, Michael. The Canadian Canvas, review, Time Magazine Feb., ArtsCanada March.
1977         Young, Dennis. Gerald Ferguson, Paintings, Catalogue essay published by the Dalhousie Art Gallery and
                the Art Gallery of Ontario.
1977         Cameron, Eric. Gerald Ferguson, Paintings, review, ArtsCanada May/June.
1978         Woods, Kay. Gerald Ferguson, Paintings, review, ArtsCanada Feb/March.
1978         Choral Reading of the Corpus and interview with Gerald Ferguson, CBC Radio, Montreal, March.
1979         Collins, Carole. On Folk Art, interview, Canadian Antiques and Art Review, October.
1980         Spalding, Jeffrey. Aspects of Canadian Painting of the 70's, catalogue essay and reproductions,
                Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta.
1981         Spalding, Jeffrey. 1,000,000 PENNIES, brochure essay, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta.
1983         Burnett, David & Schiff, Marilyn. Contemporary Canadian Art, Hurtig Publishing Ltd.,
                Edmonton, Alta., p.255 (reproduction).
1983         Townsend-Gault, Charlotte & Nemiroff, Diana. Visions - Contemporary Art in Canada, published by
                Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver/Toronto, pp.156, 203 (reproduction).
1983         Barber, Bruce. Appropriation/Expropriation, catalogue essay,
                Mount St.Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S.
1984         Gale, Peggy. Gerald Ferguson: Work Beyond Reproach, brochure essay, Gerald Ferguson:
                Works 1978- 1984, Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S.
1984-1985 Young, Dennis. Speculate to Appreciate: Gerald Ferguson Works 1978-1984, Vanguard, Vol.13
                No.10, December/January, pp.10-13, cover.
1985         Shuebrook, Ron. A Brief Incomplete Survey of the Recent Art Community in Nova Scotia, catalogue essay,
                News from Nova Scotia, The Art Gallery at Harbourfront, pp.3-5.
1986         Stebbins, Joan. The Famous Frank Slide, exhibition catalogue,
                Southern Alberta Art Gallery,Lethbridge, Alberta.
1986         Milrod, Linda. Landscapes, catalogue essay, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
1986         White, Peter. Culture's Nature, catalogue essay, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan.
1987         Smolik, Noemi. Focus: Canadian Art from 1960 to 1985, review, Canadian Art, Spring, pp.92-93.
1987         Mays, John Bentley. 'Best of times and worst of times' for Ferguson, The Globe and Mail, Oct.8.
1987         Tousley, Nancy. His Rightful Place on the Landscape, review, Canadian Art, Winter, pp.18, 20.
1987         Mays, John Bentley. Respected teacher makes handsome commercial debut, review,
                The Globe and Mail, Dec.17.
1987         MARSDEN HARTLEY AND NOVA SCOTIA, a 184 pg. book (88 illustrations) with writings by
                Hartley and essays by Gerald Ferguson, Ronald Paulson & Gail R.Scott, Published by
                Mount St.Vincent University, Halifax, Distributed by the University Press of New England, Hanover. (Editor)
1988         McGrath, Jerry. From A Garrison Town, review, Vanguard, April/May, p.34.
1988         Molloy, Patricia. Gerald Ferguson, review, Arts Atlantic, Fall.
1989         Wiseman, Ian. The Painter's Nature: Conversations with Nova Scotia's Gerald Ferguson,
                Canadian Art, Spring, pp.81-83.
1989         Metcalfe, Robin. Eighty/Twenty, Arts Atlantic. Spring/Summer 1989.
1989         Panchysyn, Denise. Gerald Ferguson: Flowers, review, Arts Atlantic 35, Vol.9 No.3, Fall.
1989         Susanna Heller's Nova Scotia Paintings, catalogue essay (Curator).
1990         Gibson Garvey, Susan. Gerald Ferguson, review, PARACHUTE 59, July/Aug/Sept, pp.42-43.
1990         Eyland, Cliff. Gerald Ferguson, Arts Atlantic 38, Fall 1990, pp. 48-50.
1990         Mays, John Bentley. Modernity Loses its Grip, Globe and Mail, November 10, 1990, p C17
1992         Nakoneshny, Shane D. Gerald Ferguson: New Paintings and Installation, Arts Atlantic 44 Vol. II, No. 4, p. 15-16.
1992         Taylor, Kate. With reference to art, the high and the low. The Globe and Mail, February 4, 1992.
1993         Terra Firma catalogue essay, Silver Donald Cameron, catalogue entries, John Murdie.
1994         Mays, John Bentley. Recollecting a season of upsurge, Globe and Mail, May 6, 1994.
1994         Wilson, Peter. Words as pictures, The Vancouver Sun, April 19, 1994, C5.
1994         Uses of the Vernacular in Contemporary Nova Scotian Art catalogue essay by
                Cliff Eyland and Susan Gibson-Garvey
1995         Gerald Ferguson, Constructions: 1989-1994 catalogue essay by Susan Gibson-Garvey.
1998         1,000,000 Grapes, catalogue essay by Ingrid Jenkner
2000         Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century, Joan Murray, Dundurn Press p.182 (reproduction)
2000         A Short History of Piles, Catherine Osborne, Lola, No. 5 Winter (reproduction)
2000         Exhibition review at Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail, Jan. 8 (reproduction)
2000         Canadian Art from It's Beginnings to 2000, Anne Newlands, Firefly Books, p. 105 (reproduction)
2000         Wallpapers Richard Mueller, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia exhibition catalog (reproduction)
2001         Exhibition review at Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail, Jan 13 (reproduction)
2002         Dault, Gary Michael. Beauty through the Back Door, The Globe and Mail, May 11, 2002
2002         Eyland, Cliff. Gerald Ferguson, Border Crossings, p77.
2002         Lee, Janice. "Gerald Ferguson at Wynick/Tuck", Summer 2002, p.91
2002         Greenhalg, Paul, Ed. Persistence of Craft. A and C Black, London. Reproduction
2002         Gerald Ferguson: Recent Painting, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2003         Drop Cloth Paintings, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Gerald Ferguson is represented by the Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.