Faces of Forsyth

By Mann Art Gallery
July 25, 2013 - 1:44pm

Annual Permanent Collection Exhibition

Faces of Forsyth

Curated by: Jesse Campbell

August 2nd – August 31st, 2013

Reception: August 2nd, 2013 | 7:00pm

Mina Forsyth was a widely recognized Canadian artist, critic and teacher. Born in Estevan, SK in 1920, Mina started her life in art in 1948 at a summer art workshop. She later attended the Emma Lake workshops with Stan Day and Otto Rogers. Mina completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba and Master’s Degree in Art at Michigan State University.

She was a Professor of Art at the University of Saskatchewan for many years. Mina retired from the university as Professor Emeritus in 1985. She passed away in 1987 and was survived by her husband Basil. In 1991 she was posthumously honored by the Saskatchewan Arts Board with a Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts. Mina’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in galleries across Canada and her work is represented in various permanent collections, both private and public across North America.

Forsyth's oeuvre is diverse, containing still lifes, landscapes, abstract pieces, and portraiture. In 2012 the MAG was fortunate to receive examples of all these subjects, and in particular a fine sampling of portraits. This provides the unique opportunity to examine one aspect of Forsyth's rich and varied output. "Faces of Forsyth" showcases those who surrounded the artist while simultaneously highlighting her experimentation with diverse media and styles.

Curated by: Jesse Campbell

The MAG Collection
The Mann Art Gallery's permanent collection was started in 1993 with the drafting of a Collections Policy by past Director / Curator Grace Eiko Thompson. Our first acquisition was a Frank Sudol wooden vessel titled Lacy Birch purchased through a donation from the Kiwanis Club of Prince Albert in 1994 on the occasion of the KYLA Group retrospective exhibition at the Little Gallery. As a dual mandate organization the works are comprised of two distinct components: Historic and Contemporary Canadian Art. Over the years we have amassed individual pieces and bodies of work in many mediums including ceramic , painting, photography, woodworking, sculpture, tapestry, fibre arts, multimedia works and video. Since then the collection has expanded through donations and purchases of fine Canadian craft. The collection has just recently passed the 1,200 mark, with new acquisitions being added at a regular rate.

The Curator
Jesse Campbell studied art history at the University of Saskatchewan and received her Master of Arts degree at Universiteit Utrecht (the Netherlands) in 2012. Her research focuses on depictions of the domestic interior, specifically those produced during the long 19th and early 20th centuries. She has held research positions at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham, England, during which she was awarded a grant from the National Portrait Gallery to conduct research on British portraiture, and at the Mann Art Gallery in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Jesse is currently based out of Victoria BC, where she works at the Robert Bateman Centre.

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The Mann Art Gallery is grateful for the support of Roger & Diane Mann of Mann Northway Motors, City of Prince Albert, Prince Albert Arts Board, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canada Council for the Arts, Sask Culture, Sask Lotteries, Museum Association of Saskatchewan, Cultural Human Resource Council, Service Canada, Business for the Arts - ArtsVest, the Roses Stewarts and the Victoria Square Compounding Pharmacy, Community Initiatives Fund and Canadian Heritage.

 Mina Forsyth | Noble Lady in the Sun, 1977 | Acrylic on Canvas | 48” x 60” (122 x 152cm) *Donated by Basil Forsyth
Mina Forsyth | Noble Lady in the Sun, 1977 | Acrylic on Canvas | 48” x 60” (122 x 152cm) *Donated by Basil Forsyth

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