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Rebecca Sisler
Born in Ontario, 1932.Scholarship winner in sculpture, Ontario College of Art, 1952 & 1953;advanced study in sculpture, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1953/55;extensive travel to see art, both contemporary and ancient, in Europe, the Near East, Egypt, Mexico, Central America, Peru, U.S.A., Canada;represented in private collections in Europe, and in public and private collections in Canada;a writer with several published books on Canadian Art;Gallery Curator and arts administrator.

Positions Held

1969-70 McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinberg;
Educational Director.

1974-77 Sisler Gallery (35 Baldwin Street, Toronto);
1978-82 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts; Executive

1982-84 Government House, Ottawa; Cultural Attache to the Governor General.
1986-88 Erindale Campus Art Gallery (University of Toronto in Mississauga); Curator.
1989Gallery David, Kingston, Ontario; Curator.

Publications (works by Rebecca Sisler)

1972“The Girls”, a biography of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle; Clarke/Irwin, Toronto
1980 “Passionate Spirits”, a history of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, 1880-1980,Clarke/Irwin, Toronto
1986 “Aquarelle!” a history of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour,
1925-1985, The Porcupine’s Quill, Erin, Ontario.
1993Art for Enlightenment”, The Toronto Board of Education’s Heritage Collection,
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Toronto.

Contributer to:
1985 & 87 “The Canadian Encyclopedia”,Hurtig Publishers, Edmonton, AB. (entries on
Sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, fibre artist Aiko Suzuki, and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts).

Articles in:
1985Ontario Craft; “The Floating Sculptures of Hilde Schreier”, summer edition 1985;
Rebecca Sisler

1985Craft News; “In Review – Jim Thomson andJohn Ikeda”, October issue.
1986Canadian Art; Reviews, “Expressions of Will: The Art of Prudence Heward”, Fall edition.

Selected Bibliography

1958 Globe and Mail, “Old Blacksmith Shop Studio for Sculptor”, Pearl McCarthy;
1973 Globe and Mail, “Sisler an Industrious Sculptor”, Kay Kritzwiser, July 21.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Catalogue of Permanent Collection;
1978 “The Living Image”, exhibition catalogue, MacDonald Gallery, Toronto, 1978;
1980-90“Canadian Who’s Who”, University of Toronto Press.

Society Memberships

1957Sculptors’ Society of Canada;
1966Ontario Society of Artists;
1973Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Solo Exhibitions

1964 & 66 Studio Exhibitions, Old Forge, Terra Cotta, Ontario;
1969Shaw-Rimmington Gallery, Toronto, “Garden Sculpture”;
1974 Sisler Gallery, Toronto, opening exhibition.

Selected Group Exhibitions

1956Ontario Society of Artists;Rebecca Sisler

1957Royal Canadian Academy of Arts;
Ontario Society of Artists;
Sculptors’ Society of Canada;
1958Ontario Society of Artists
1958Royal Canadian Academy of Arts;
Sculptors’ Society of Canada;
1959Ontario Society of Artists;
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts;
Sculptors’ Society of Canada
1966Royal Canadian Academy of Arts;
1968Canadian National Exhibition “Artist’s Choice
1974Sculptors’ Society of Canada;
197850th Anniversary Exhibition, S.S.C.,
MacDonald Gallery, Queen’s Park;
1979“The Living Image”, MacDonald Gallery, Queen’s Park (3 artists);
1980RCA Contemporary Exhibition, Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto;
1986Art Gallery of Peterborough, Sculpture Competition (selected entries); May
1987-88 Academy House, Opening Exhibition, Adelaide Street, Toronto, Oct.-Jan.

Public Commissions

1959Art Gallery of Toronto, commission to create a woodsculpture for the permanent Collection, a venture made possible by a grant from the newly created Canada Council;
1965 Ecclesiastical sculptures: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Wingham, Ontario;St. John’s United Church, Burlington, Ontario; Wellington Square United Church, Burlington, Ontario.
1966St. Thomas, Ontario, a Centennial Fountain group, “The Minstrels”;
1967 Village of Markham, Peace memorial, “The Fortress”;Rebecca Sisler

1990 Ministry of Government Services, Ontario: “Sunrise, Algoma” selected for the final maquette stage of a competition for a sculpture to be situated on the grounds ofthe Ontario Forest Research Institute, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.


1959Art Gallery of Toronto: winner of a commission to create a sculpture for the permanent collection.

1968Canadian National Exhibition: art exhibition “Artist’s Choice”, award for sculpture;

1982Ontario Society of Artists: medal for “Canadian Woman Artist of the Year”;
1994Toronto Historical Board: award for the book “Artfor Enlightenment”.

Public Collections

Art Gallery of Ontario, “Tree of Life”, (walnut, 1959);
Hamilton Teachers’ College, “Man”, (oak, 1963); Art Gallery of Brampton, “The Knight”, (Praedes marble, 1973);
University of Guelph, “Cat Washing”, (oak, 1965);
Toronto Board of Education, “Continuum”, (B.C. red cedar, 1989);
Glenbow Museum, “Hands” (Praedes marble, 1977) & “Unfurling” (walnut, 2006).