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Sandra Meigs

EDUCATION


1980        Master of Arts in Philosophy, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.
1973-75   Bachelor of Fine Art, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, N.S.
               specializing in mixed media.
1971-73   Ceramics major, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1986-96   Instructor, Painting, Part -Time Faculty, Georgian College, Barrie, ON.
1993-       Associate Professor, Painting, Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts,
               University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.
1990-93   Instructor, Introduction to Painting, Foundation of Visual Art, Humanities Department,
               Scarborough College, University of Toronto, Scarborough, ON.
1991        Instructor, Introduction to Painting, Fine Art Department, Georgian College, Barrie, ON.
1990        Guest Thesis Counselor, Graduate Division, Visual Art Department, York University,
               Downsview, ON.
1988        Instructor, Intermedia Sculpture, Experimental Art Department, Ontario College of Art,                        Toronto, ON.
1984-85   Instructor, Interdisciplinary Studio 2, and Foundation, Interdisciplinary Studio 3,
               Department of Fine Art, York University, Downsview, ON.
1983        Drawing Instructor, Department of Visual Art, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.
1983        Studio Workshop, School of Fine Arts, Banff Centre, Banff, AB.
1983        Chief Administrative Assistant to the Head of the Visual Art Department The Banff Centre,
               School of Fine Arts, Banff, AB.
1977-79   Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2004        RIDE, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2003        Swoon, The Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
2003        Swoon, The Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2002        Reverie, Swoon and The Newborn, Sandra Meigs, The Art Gallery of Greater
                Victoria
2002        Identity II, The Freedman Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania
2001        The Newborn, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1999        JOYJOYSORROW, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1998        Resin Heads, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1998        Canadian, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON.
1998        Sandra Meigs, Rimouski Regional Museum, Rimouski, QC.
1998        Dummies, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1998        Reckless Days (with Damien Moppett), Trepanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, AB.
1998        Dummies, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1994        Canadian, Emma Ciotti Gallery, Iroquois Falls, ON.
1994        Canadian, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1994        Mary, Trepanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, AB.
1994        Baby, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1994        Reconciliation (collaborative work with Colette Urban), Forest City Gallery, London, ON.
1994        Dead Roads, Galerie Chantal Boulanger, Montreal, QC.
1994        The desert left her free to think. Cold City Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1994        Love Muscle and The Western Gothic, The Power Plant, Toronto, ON.
1994        Orifaces, Sir Wilfred Grenfell Art Gallery, Corner Brook, Newfoundland.
1994        Love Muscle, Galerie Chantal Boulanger, Montreal, QC.
1994        Creative Management, Galerie Chantal Boulanger, Montreal, QC.
1994        Get Happy, Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB.
1994        The Room of 1,000 Paintings, YYZ, Toronto, ON.
1994        The Scab Picker, The Ydessa Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1994        The Western Gothic, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, QC.
1994        Heavens to Betsy, Art Gallery of the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB.
1994        Semi Wind-up Bout, Main Exit, Vancouver, B.C.
1994        Semi Wind-up Bout, The Ydessa Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1994        32 Watercolours from the Installation “Purgatorio, A Drinkingbout,” 49th                 Parallel, New York, U.S.A.
1994        Purgatorio, A Drinkingbout, Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax, N.S.
1994        Purgatorio, A Drinkingbout, The Ydessa Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1994        The Maelstrom, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, N.S.
1994        The Maelstrom, 112 Workshop, New York, New York, U.S.A.
1994        The Maelstrom, A Space, Toronto, ON.
1978        The Pale Omnipresent Persistence, Franklin Furnace, New York, U.S.A.
1978        The Pale Omnipresent Persistence, Saw Gallery, Ottawa, ON.
1978        The Pale Omnipresent Persistence, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, N.S.
1978        A Dense Fog, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, N.S.
1978        A Dense Fog, Vehicule Art, Montreal, QC.
1978        Dogwatch Works Series, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, N.S.
1978        48 Dresses, Canadian Linen Supply Co., Halifax, N.S.
1978        20 Dresses, Majestic Theatre, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.


GROUP AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2006        Help Yourself, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver
2006        Telling Sories, Anges Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston, Ontario
2006        "Trip-In, the Ontology of the Imaginative Realm", Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto,                 Ontario
2005        The Shape of Colour, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
2005        The McIntryre Ranch Exhibition, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
2002        Officina America, Biennale of Bologna, Italy
2001        Boxed, The Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff AB
2001        Group Exhibition, Trépanier Baer Gallery, Calgary AB
2001        To Remain at a Distance, Open Space/ec4 Galleries, Victoria BC
2000        Intersections: Montreal PQ, Toronto ON
2000        Intersections: Place Ville de Marie, Montreal PQ
2000        Intersections: Yonge Temperance Building, Toronto ON
1999        Recent Acquisitions. Love Muscle, National Gallery of Canada
1999        Les Peintures, Rene Blouin Gallery, Montreal
1999        Cutting Edge Collecting, Montreal and Toronto
1998        Reckless Days, with Damien Moppett, Trepanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1998        Realities, Ydessa Hendeles Foundation, Toronto, ON.
1997        Dummies (with Will Gorlitz and Susannah Heller), Trepanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, AB.
1997        Making Strange, curated by Jessica Bradley, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON.
1993        Inaugural Exhibition, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1992        The McIntyre Ranch Project, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB.
1992        Le Dessin Rebel, curated by Claire Gravel, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, QC.
1990        Dangerous Goods, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1989        Inaugural Exhibition, Grace Hopper Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1989        It All Comes Out in the Wash, Hollywood Coin Wash, Toronto, B.C.
1987        Trigger, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1987        Written Images, curated by Barbara Fischer, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON.
1987        Sea to Shining Sea, curated by A.A. Bronson, The Power Plant, Toronto, ON.
1986        Patio, Lawn, Slope, The Gallery, Scarborough College, University of Toronto, Scarborough,
               ON.
1986        Four Legs Good: The Dog Show, The Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto, ON.
1986        Fifth Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
1986        Subjects in Pictures, curated by Philip Monk, 49th Parallel, New York, New York, U.S.A.
1986        Subjects in Pictures, curated by Philip Monk, YYZ, Toronto.
1986        Toronto/ Amsterdam, The Fodor Museum, Amsterdam.
1986        Theatre of the Imagination: François Boulet, Geneviève Cadieux, Sandra Meigs.
1986        Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, QC.
1986        Water/ Colour, The Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, ON.
1986        Water/ Colour, Glendon Art Gallery, York University, Toronto, ON.
1986        4 Artists Drawing and Painting Show, Open Space, Victoria, B.C.
1982        Monumenta, Mercer Union, Toronto, ON.
1980        Women’s Bookworks, traveling exhibition organized by Powerhouse Gallery, Montreal
               Realities, Ydessa Hen deles Foundation, Toronto, ON.
1997        Dummies (with Will Gorlitz and Susannah Heller), Trepanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, AB.
1997        Making Strange, curated by Jessica Bradley, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON.
1993        Inaugural Exhibition, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1992        The McIntyre Ranch Project, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB.
1992        Le Dessin Rebel, curated by Claire Gravel, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, QC.
1990        Dangerous Goods, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1989        Inaugural Exhibition, Grace Hopper Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1989        It All Comes Out in the Wash, Hollywood Coin Wash, Toronto, ON.
1987        Trigger, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1987        Written Images, curated by Barbara Fischer, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON.
1987        Sea to Shining Sea, curated by A.A. Bronson, The Power Plant, Toronto, ON.
1986        Patio, Lawn, Slope, The Gallery, Scarborough College, University of Toronto, Scarborough,
               ON.
1986        Four Legs Good: The Dog Show, The Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto, ON.
1986        Fifth Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
1986        Subjects in Pictures, curated by Philip Monk, 49th Parallel, New York, New York, U.S.A.
1986        Subjects in Pictures, curated by Philip Monk, YYZ, Toronto, ON.
1986        Toronto/ Amsterdam, The Fodor Museum, Amsterdam.
1986        Theatre of the Imagination: François Boulet, Geneviève Cadieux, Sandra Meigs,
1986        Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, QC.
1986        Water/ Colour, The Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, ON.
1986        Water/ Colour, Glendon Art Gallery, York University, Toronto, ON.
1986        4 Artists Drawing and Painting Show, Open Space, Victoria, B.C.
1982        Monumenta, Mercer Union, Toronto, ON.
1980        Women’s Bookworks, traveling exhibition organized by Powerhouse Gallery, Montreal, QC.


ART FAIRS

1997        Arco '97, Madrid, Spain
1999        Berlin Artforum, Berlin
2000        Berlin Artforum, Berlin
2001        The Armory Show, New York NY
2002        Berlin Art Forum, Berlin
2003        The Armory Show, New York NY
2004        The Armoury Show, New York NY


FILMS BY THE ARTIST

1984        The Western Gothic, 16mm, sound, 11 min.
1984        Semi Wind-up Bout, Super 8, silent, 3 min.
1981        Purgatorio, A Drinkingbout, 16mm, sound, 11 min.
1981        Aphasia; Caught in the Act, 16mm. Sound, 4 min.
1980        The Maelstrom, Super 8 and Video, sound, 20 min.
1980        The Pale Omnipresent Persistence, Super 8, sound, 15 min.
1980        Crowd, Super 8, silent, 12 min.
1980        A Dense Fog, Super 8, silent, 12 min.
1975        The Elephant Man, 16mm, silent, 10 min.


BIBLIOGRAPHY
Note: an asterisk (*) following an entry indicates an exhibition catalogue or brochure.

Baldissera, Lisa. Reverie, Swoon and the Newborn, Sandra Meigs, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2002
Balfour Bowen, Lisa. Toronto Star, 16 January 1982.
Barilli, Renato. Officina America, Museum of Modern Art of Bologna, 2002
Bowen, Lisa Balfour. Toronto Star, 16 January 1982.
Blouin, René. Canadian Art, Toronto, 25. March 1985.
Bronson, A.A., ed.. Sea to Shining Sea. Toronto: The Power Plant, 1987.*
Burnett, David. Toronto Painting ’84. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1984.*
Daigneault, Gilles. Le Devoir, Montreal, 15 December 1984.
Dault, Gary Michael. The Globe and Mail. 6 June, 2003, "Exhibition has touch of the enigmatic"
Dompierre, Louise. Sandra Meigs: Pas de Deux. Toronto, The Power Plant, pp. 4-19. 1990. *
Fischer, Barbara. Dummies. Vancouver: Contemporary Art Gallery, 1990.*
Goddard, Peter. The Toronto Star, Thursday, November 8, 2004, "Simply Deceptive"
Grande, John K. Sandra Meigs. Artforum, New York pp. 183-84. 28 April 1990.
Gravel, Clair. Sandra Meigs: Le Saisissement du réel. Vie des Arts, Montreal, 35-39. sommaire 140
September 1990.
Gravel, Clair. Le Devoir, Montreal, 23 December 1989.
Guest, Tim. 80/1/2/3/4. Vanguard, Vancouver 43-44. 13 May 1984.
Harris, Michael. The Vancouver Sun, Tues. 1 April, 2002, "Artist inspired by trip to Florida Everglades"
Kunard, Andrea. C Magazine, Toronto, no. 25 pp 66-67. Spring 1990.
Landry, Pierre. Sandra Meigs. In Theatre of the Imagination. Montreal: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, pp.9-18 .1984.*
Laurence, Robin. Georgia Straight. 17-24 April 2003, "Swooning for the Strange, Sinister"
Lepage, Jocelyne. La Presse, Montreal, 22 December 1984.
Mandel, Corinne. Artmagazine, Toronto, 13 pp. 38-39. Summer 1982.
Martinde, Deahne. Halifax Mail Star, 17 November 1977.
Mays, John Bentley. Funnel to revive Warhol film classics. The Globe and Mail, Toronto,
29 December, 1982.
Mays, John Bentley. The Globe and Mail, Toronto, 16 September 1982.
Mays, John Bentley. A harrowing ride through Sandra Meigs’ Maelstrom. The Globe and Mail Toronto,
12 April 1980.
Mays, John Bentley. The Snakes in the Garden: The Self and the City in Contemporary Art. In Visions:
Contemporary Art in Canada. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre,pp. 178-79. 1983.
Mays, John Bentley. The National Post, 1 September 2001, The thinking person's artist.
Merideth, Pamela. The Little Ghosts in Natural Colours, The Susan Hobbs Gallery, CD-Rom for Art Forum Berlin, 2003
Monk, Philip. Subjects in Pictures. Parachute, no. 37 pp. 14-23 Dec/ Jan/ Feb 1984-85.
also published in Subjects in Pictures. New York and Toronto: 49th Parallel and YYZ, 1984.
and Struggles with the Image. Toronto: YYZ, 1986.
Oille, Jennifer. Sandra Meigs. Vanguard,  Vancouver, pp. 32-33. 11 March 1982.
Oille, Jennifer. Sandra Meigs. Vanguard, Vancouver, 13 pp. 30-31. September 1984.
O’Neill, Colleen. Orifaces. St. John’s: Memorial University, 1991.*
Paulsen, Ingrid. Painter puts emotion in the picture., Victoria News, 17 October 2002
Racine, Yolande. Introduction, Theatre of the Imagination. Montreal: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1984, pp. 1-8.*
Rhodes, Richard. Sandra Meigs. Parachute, Montreal, no. 29 pp. 34-35. Dec/ Jan/ Feb 1982-83.
Sabbath, Lawrence. The Gazette, Montreal, 15 December 1984.
Tourangeau, Jean. Theatre of the Imagination. Vanguard, Vancouver, 14 pp. 36. April 1985.
Tousley, Nancy. Strange Enchantment. Canadian Art, Toronto, Winter 1997.
Tousley, Nancy. "Artists Unmask Absurdities of Everyday Life." Calgary Herald, 14 November      1998
Tousley, Nancy. "Telling Tales in a Storied Landscape", in Reverie, Swoon and the Newborn,      Sandra Meigs, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2002
Town, Elke. It’s a Strange World. Vanguard, Vancouver,16 pp. 19-22. April-May 1987.
Welch, Wendy, "Contemporary Spaces, Contemporary Faces", Monday Magazine, 2-8 January      2003
Williamson, Janice and Elliot, Bridget. Dangerous Goods: Feminist Visual Art Practices. Edmonton Art Gallery, 1990.*
Wood, William. C Magazine, Toronto, no. 12 pp.54-55. Winter 1986-87.


PUBLIC LECTURES

1981        Paper: "Active Criticism in Art and Philosophy", delivered to Simon Fraser University
Arts Centre
1983        Visiting Artist: Banff Centre School of Fine Arts
1984        Visual Arts Ontario, series of public seminars on artists' business, "The Measure of Success", panelist
1984        Parachute Conference: "Discussions; art and criticism in the eighties", "There's No Figuration Like New Figuration: What's New in Critical Illusion?", panelist
1985        College Art Association of Canada, Annual Symposium, panel: "The Narrative in Painting", panelist
1987        CARFAC Annual Conference, panel: "Unionization or Association?", panelist
1991        Lecture and studio visits: University of Saskatchewan
1992        Lecture: Simon Fraser University
1992        Lecture: University of British Columbia
1992        Lecture: Emily Carr College of Art and Design
1993        Lecture: University of Victoria
1994        Lecture: Camosun College
1997        Lecture: University of Lethbridge Visiting Artist program
1997        Lecture: Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
1997        Lecture: "Les lieux Communs" Est-Nord-Est, Centre de Sculpture
1998        Lecture and Studio Visits: Women in Paint Residency, The Banff Centre
1999        Lecture: University College of the Caribou
1999        Lecture: Kamloops Art Gallery
2001        Lecture: University of Lethbridge
2001        Panelist: Canadian Art Foundation, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
2001        Gallery Tour: Susan Hobbs Gallery, Canadian Art Foundation
2001        Panelist: To Remain at a Distance, Open Space, Victoria
2001        Panelist: The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (moderator)
2002        Lectures and Tours: The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
2003        Lectures and Studio Visits: : The University of Regina, Visiting Artist Program


WRITINGS BY THE ARTIST

Virtue of Angeline in Reverie, Swoon and the Newborn, Sandra Meigs, The Art
Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2002 and on CD-Rom, The Susan Hobbs Gallery, 2003
Suicide Portraits. In Notebooks. Vancouver: Contemporary Art Gallery, 1998.
Virtue vs. Vice (drawings and text, artist’s book). Banff, Alberta: Walter Phillips Gallery,
in collaboration with Cecily Moon, 1994.
Cookie. Descant, Toronto, nos. 76-77 (Dis-Ease 2) pp. 121-27. 1991.
The Western Gothic. In Sandra Meigs: Pas de Deux. Toronto, The Power Plant, pp. 24-28. 1990,*
Semi Wind-up Bout. Descant, Toronto, nos. 56-57 pp. 44-45. Spring-Summer 1987.
The Western Gothic. In Theatre of the Imagination: François Boulet, Geneviève Cadieux, Sandra Meigs. Montreal: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1984.*  
This Door Out of Purgatory. C Magazine, no. 1 pp. 35-39. Winter 1983-84.  
Scenario. Descant (Toronto), no. 41 pp. 19-21.Summer 1983.
Heavens to Betsy. Lethbridge, Alberta: University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 1983.*
Dogwatch Works. Halifax: Published by the artist in conjunction with the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 975.


COLLECTIONS

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON.
The Banff Centre, Banff, AB.
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON.
The Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto, ON.