Biography

Degrees Earned:

My work has been multidisciplinary in art and science. I have received 52 grants since l970. These are for photography, film, and science research.

Grants:

BFA/Chicago Art Institute, l962; MFA/University of Michigan Majored in drawing, painting, printmaking and photography.

  • 5 – Canada Council grants: l980; 1974; 1973 (Sr. Arts); 1972; 1970
  • 4 – Alberta Culture grants: 2003; 1984; 1982; 1978
  • Minister of Culture: 1986
  • 2 – Government of Canada Supply & Services: 1989; 1988
  • 2 – Deptartment of External Affairs: 1984; 1983
  • UNESCO Canada: 1986 and Deptartment of Indian Affairs: 1974
  • Chas. Ivey Foundation: 1989
  • Arctic Institute of North America: 1990
  • 2 – Muttart Foundation: 1987; 1982
  • Donner Canadian Foundation: 1987
  • Winspear Foundation: 1983
  • Boreal Institute for North Studies: 1986
  • Clifford E. Lee Foundation: 1983; 1982; 1981
  • 2 National Science Foundation: 1999; 1998 (US)
  • NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service: 1997 (US)
  • Eurasia Foundation: 1996 (US)
  • Cetacean Institute of Japan: 1994 (Japan)
  • David Rockefeller SailAlaska Fund: 1995 (US)
  • World Wildlife Fund: 1989 (US)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities: 1984 (US)
  • Alaska Humanities Forum: 1984 (US)

Exhibitions: dates since 1971

  • Whyte Gallery of the Canadian Rockies: Group Shows: 1992; 1985; 1982; 1978
  • Déjà vu Gallery, Toronto: 1980
  • Alberta College of Art, Calgary: (Group) 1979
  • Galerie Lucas Atelier, Montreal: (Group) 1979
  • Lee Collins Gallery, Regina: (Group) 1979
  • Dance in Canada Conference, Montreal: 1979
  • University of Calgary (Nickle art gallery) solo exhibition: 1978
  • Harborfront Gallery, Toronto: (Group) 1978
  • National Exhibition, Canada/England: (Group) 1978
  • Banff Center, Alberta: (Group) 1976
  • Culture Arts Center, St. John's Newfoundland: (Solo-Film & Photography) 1976
  • National Museums, Ottawa: (Solo-Film) 1976
  • Sir George Williams University, Montreal: 1973 (Solo Program, Film & Photography)
  • Performing Arts Center, Ottawa: 1973 (film, photog & dance)
  • Vancouver Art Gallery: (Group) 1972
  • Perception Gallery: (Group) 1972
  • Musee d'art Contemporain: 1971 (Solo)

Films

  • Four award-winning films on the Pribilof Islands: National Educational Film and TV Festival: 1998;
  • 17th Alberta Film and TV Awards: 1990;
  • Roveniemi Anthropology film festival, Finland: 1985;
  • Alberta Access TV commissioned broadcast: 1986.
  • Films have been shown on educational TV in England, Europe's Discovery Channel and Singapore Television and for a five year window on Alberta Access TV: all in the early 1990's.

Commissions as Photgrapher and filmmaker

  • 1982-1978: National Research Council, Ottawa
  • 1979: Regina Modern Dance Works
  • 1979-78: Alberta Provincial Museum, Paleontology division (expedition photographer)
  • 1978: Parks Canada
  • 1975-1973: Public Works projects, Canadian Government
  • 1975-1974: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Montreal
  • 1974-72: Le Groupe de La Place Royale, Montreal (dance sets in film & photography & art)
  • 1973-1971: National Museums of Canada
  • 1971-1968: National Film Board of Canada, Montreal (10 photographic contracts)

Published

Books
  • A VANISHED WORLD; DINOSAURS OF WESTERN CANADA 1977 National Museums of Canada. By D. Russell; S. Swibold; E. Kisch
  • WILDLIFE CINEMATOGRAPHY IN SUPER 8 1979; 9-page color monograph published by Bell & Howell Co., Chicago
  • Photos have appeared in Scenic Wonders of Canada; Atlas of Canada, Drive Canada (all Reader's Digest books); Thread of Life: Smithsonian Books; Extinction's: Scientific American Books, et al.
Reviews
  • American Anthropologist, Vol. 8 1986
  • Movie Maker (U.K.) August 1985; profile & review
  • Cinema Canada, May 1985; Profile
  • The Independent Producer (US) June l984; Profile
  • Alaska Native News, January 1984; Feature Article
  • Macleans Magazine, April 26,1982
  • Interface (Calgary) January, 1982 Profile
  • Alberta Report; May 1 1981 review
  • Cinema Canada, August, 1978 and August 1979 Reviews
  • Artmagazine, November/December 1979 review
  • Dance Canada, fall, 1979, review
  • Super 8 Filmmaker (US) Oct. 1978 review
  • Canadian Geographical Journal, June/July, 1978 Review
  • Motion, Vol.6, No. 3 review
  • Art Magazine May/June 1977 Review
  • Arts Canada; spring, 1972 Profile
  • LaPress, March 13, 1971
  • Montreal Star, March 20, 1971
  • The Gazette, (Montreal) March 27, 1971

Guest Artist and Lecturer

  • University Calgary, Dept. Anthropology and Deptartment Environmental Design
  • Arctic Institute of North America
  • Association for Canadian Studies Conference, Brisbane, Australia
  • Alberta Society of Professional Biologists
  • Leicester International Film Festival: Featured Presenter
  • Film Cooperatives: York, Liverpool, England
  • Canada House, Canadian High Commission, London, England
  • Taller de Cine Red Film Encounter, Puerto Rico
  • Alaska State Museum, Juneau (twice)
  • Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Museum, Alaska: (Three Times)
  • Caracas International Super 8 Film Festival, Venezuela: featured presenter
  • Caracas Cinematheque, Venezuela: sponsored by the Canadian Embassy
  • Indigenous People's Conference On Cultural Survival, Yellowknife
  • North American Association for Environmental Education Conference: Alberta
  • International Ecumenical Conference, Morley Native Reserve, Alberta
  • California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
  • Washington State University; Anthropology Deptartment, Pullman, Wash.
  • International Wildlife Film Festival, Montana: Featured Presenter (Three Times)
  • York University, Art Department Graduate Studies
  • Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Toronto

Teaching Experience 1980-1969

  • Sir George Williams Univ. (Concordia) l969-1976 Montreal drawing/painting/film
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School l973 Montreal design/art history
  • Banff Center l976-1977 photography and design
  • Univ. of Calgary Fine Arts Dept. l978-1979 photography
  • Alberta College of Art, Calgary l979-1980 painting/drawing
  • Grant McEwan College Fine Arts Dept., Edmonton l980-81 photography
  • Emily Carr College of Art Outreach Program l978-1979 photography workshops, B.C.

Awards

  • 1987 Woman of Distinction, Arts & Culture, City of Calgary YMCA
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