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Saturday, November 17, 2018
9 am – 6 pm
Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough

Free shuttle bus for registered guests departs OCAD U (100 McCaul St) at 8:30 am to return at 6:30 pm.

Register here by October 19 to secure your spot.

Keynote by: Erin Silver

Presentations by: Steven Beckly, Jan L. Coates, Dustin Garnet, Nancy Holmes, Meghan Hyckie, Hussein Janmohamed, Harold Klunder and Catherine Carmichael, Eva Kolcze, Ralph Kolewe, Lou Sheppard, Wendy Wacko, and Lynne Wynick

Doris McCarthy, Georgian Bay from the Air, 1966. Oil on Masonite, 61 cm x 76.2 cm. Gift of the Estate of Doris McCarthy, 2012. Collection of the Doris McCarthy Gallery.

The Doris McCarthy Gallery presents Reframing Doris McCarthy, a free, one-day, public symposium exploring fresh perspectives on the life and work of Doris McCarthy. The symposium will feature artist talks, poetry readings, academic papers, performances, a book launch, group choreography, participatory choral singing, and moderated discussions. Ranging from long-time friends and colleagues of McCarthy’s, to young artists and producers, the presenters will contribute new interpretations from a broad range of expertise within the fields of contemporary art, music, poetry, filmmaking, and dance that trace the artist’s legacy through spirituality, mythology, and the power of place. This multi-disciplinary symposium will examine McCarthy’s impact on local and artistic communities as a pioneering feminist, innovative artist, and community builder.

Erin Silver’s keynote will provide a contemporary entry point to thinking about McCarthy and her networks, as well as women artists at the time, in addition to the world-making potential of McCarthy's Fool's Paradise home and studio, both at the time she occupied it and in its present-day incarnation as an artist's residency.

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.

Reframing Doris McCarthy is presented in conjunction with the body may be said to think, an exhibition of landscape works by Doris McCarthy and Kate Wilson, curated by Stuart Reid. The exhibition runs from November 16 to January 26, 2019 at the Doris McCarthy Gallery.

Everyone welcome. Please register here by October 19 to secure your spot.

An ASL interpreter will be available during the symposium. If you require any other assistance or 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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