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Doris McCarthy Symposium
Call for Proposals

November 2018
Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough

Doris McCarthy, Iceberg with Icicles, 2000. Oil on canvas, 152.4 cm x 213.4 cm. Gift of the artist, 2009. Collection of the Doris McCarthy Gallery.

The Doris McCarthy Gallery invites proposals for a November 2018 symposium that will offer fresh perspectives on the life and work of Doris McCarthy. Proposals may represent a broad spectrum of disciplines that include, but are not limited to, those working in the fields of: visual studies, music, film, history, women’s studies, theatre, and performance. This public program will be presented in conjunction with a major exhibition of Doris McCarthy’s work, curated by Stuart Reid, opening in November 2018.

McCarthy was born on July 7, 1910 in Calgary, Alberta and spent her youth in the Beach area of Toronto. In 1926 she earned a scholarship to the Ontario College of Art (OCA) where she was mentored by some of the premier Canadian artists of the early twentieth century, including both Arthur Lismer and JEH MacDonald. Soon after graduating from OCA in 1930, McCarthy’s works were exhibited in the 1931 Ontario Society of Artists’ (OSA) Annual Exhibition. She was accepted as a member of the Society in 1945 and later went on to become OSA Vice President from 1961 to 1964 and President from 1964 to 1967. During this period, she established her position as one of Toronto’s major emerging artists and then as perhaps the foremost, female landscape painter in Canada. With memberships in the Royal Canadian Academy of Artists (1951) and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (1951, and for which she served as President from 1956 to 1958), her receipt of five Honorary Doctorates from five different Canadian Universities from 1995 to 2002, her induction into the Order of Ontario (1992) and the Order of Canada (1986), her place among the great Canadian artists has been solidified. McCarthy was a lifelong learner and graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough in 1989 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree.

McCarthy was a deeply committed teacher and community member. She designed the (then) City of Scarborough’s flag, worked to preserve the ecologically sensitive Scarborough Bluffs, and lent her name and talents to a variety of causes in the area. Today, McCarthy’s legacy continues at Fool’s Paradise, her former home that is now an artist’s residence operated by Ontario Heritage Trust for the benefit of visual artists, musicians and writers of all disciplines, offering privacy and opportunity for artists to concentrate on their work.

To submit, please include: a 150-word proposal, the title of the presentation, full contact information (name, address, telephone, email), and a one-page CV.

Proposals should be emailed in Word format to: Julia Abraham at

Deadline for Submissions: March 1, 2018

Doris McCarthy, Lakescape Horizon (Winter Horizon), 1969. Oil on canvas, 76.2 cm x 121.9 cm. Gift of the Estate of Doris McCarthy, 2012. Collection of the Doris McCarthy Gallery.

For more information please contact Julia Abraham: 416-208-2770,


Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4


Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11 am to 4 pm; Wednesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Saturday, 12 to 5 pm.
Admission is free. Open to the public. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

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