Congratulations to LESLIE REID, the first recipient of the NEW PRINT FELLOWSHIP AWARD!
The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and OPEN STUDIO are pleased to announce
LESLIE REID RCA as the first recipient of the NEW PRINT FELLOWSHIP AWARD
The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and Open Studio, Canada’s leading printmaking centre, have created a Print Fellowship Award as a new collaborative initiative. This annual fellowship will foster the study of contemporary print practices while showcasing creativity, innovation and excellence as the hallmark of the chosen project. From a large group of fellowship submissions the jury selected Leslie Reid as the inaugural recipient of this annual award.
In 2013 Reid travelled extensively in Northern Canada with the Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP). Her work there involved aerial photography of areas first photographed by RCAF Photo Squadrons just after World War II. The juxtaposition of her photographs against the historical archive serves to find traces of change, from glaciers in the Yukon, to ice patterns of the Northwest Passage, to human settlements and activities in extreme and unpredictable terrain, now greatly affected by global warming.
During the 2015-2016 fellowship Reid will work with a skilled Open Studio Printer to complete a suite of photo etchings/diptychs, relating archival photographs and her contemporary images, as part of her multi-media Mapping the Cold War project.
Upon completion, Reid will present an artist talk about her practice and the project completed at Open Studio.
Born in Ottawa, Leslie Reid studied at Queen’s University and continued her studies at art college in England. On her return to Canada she taught Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa, where she is now Professor Emeritus. Early exhibitions include Some Canadian Women Artists, National Gallery of Canada, and the Paris Biennale. Solo exhibitions have been held at Canada House Gallery, London, the Centre culturel canadien, Paris, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, the Robert Mclaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, and the Ottawa Art Gallery as well as in California and Georgia. A major retrospective exhibition was curated by Diana Nemiroff at the Carleton University Art Gallery in 2011. Her paintings were exhibited in Builders: Canadian Biennial at the National Gallery of Canada in 2012.
Leslie Reid has received numerous grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, as well as awards from the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, of which she has been a member since 1978. She has had residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, the École nationale de la photographie, Arles, France, the University of California at Santa Cruz, Cape Pine, Newfoundland, and across the Canadian Arctic with the Canadian Forces Artists Program. Her work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, and in public collections across Canada. She received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Her most recent work, Mapping a Cold War, will be shown at the Founders’ Gallery, Military Museums, Calgary.