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Marion Nicoll: Silence and Alchemy

Ann Davis, , Elizabeth Herbert, , Jennifer Salahub, and , Christine Sowiak

$39.95 CAD / $45.95 USD (S)

128 pages, 35 illustrations

5.5 x 11 inches

Hardback: 1552387070

Paperback: 978-1-55238-707-8

Epub: 978-1-55238-740-5

Library PDF: 978-1-55238-739-9

November 2013

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A rounded portrait of Marion Nicoll, visionary artist, ground-breaking educator, and important founder of Alberta art.

Marion Nicoll (1909 1985) is a widely acknowledged and important founder of Alberta art and certainly one of a dedicated few that brought abstraction into practice in the province. Her life and career is a story of determination, of dedication to her vision regardless of professional or personal challenges. Nicoll became the first woman instructor hired at the Provincial Institute of Art and Technology (now the Alberta College of Art and Design) and although limited to teaching craft and design, she became a significant mentor for generations of artists.

About the Authors

Ann Davis is a prominent art critic, curator, and teacher.

Elizabeth Herbert is an independent curator and author.

Jennifer Salahub is an art and craft historian teaching at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary.

Christine Sowiak is the curator of art at The Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary.

Praise for Marion Nicoll

[These] essays provide a rounded portrait of an artist who seems particularly emblematic of her era.

 – Galleries West 

Table of Contents

Christine Sowiak

Silence and Alchemy: The Development of Marion Nicoll
Ann Davis

Marion Nicoll and the Sublime
Elizabeth Herbert

"Mine Had a Ripple in It"
Jennifer Salahub

List of Illustrations

BRONZE MEDAL, PubWest Design Awards: Jacket/Cover Design - Large Format | 2014

SHORTLISTED, ARLIS/NA Melva J. Dwyer Award | 2014