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The Artists

Still from Glenn Howarth's Telidon art, 1984


GLENN HOWARTH (1946-2009), RCA, was a painter, digital artist, teacher, and writer. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in 1970, worked as an art critic in the early 1970s, and became a successful exhibiting painter during the period from 1974 to 1979. In the early 1980s, Howarth began producing digital artwork with a cutting-edge Canadian videotex technology called Telidon, but he returned to painting as his primary medium in the late 1980s and 1990s. Over the course of his career, Howarth taught at Acadia University, the University of Victoria, Banff School of Fine Arts, the University of Saskatchewan, and the Victoria College of Art, and he founded the Victoria Drawing Academy in 1987. In 2012, Elizabeth and Rhiannon Williams, Howarth's ex-wife and daughter, donated his archives to the University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections and University Archives.

The Glenn Howarth fonds (AR465) contains 3.4m of textual and graphic material, as well as computer disks. In 2015, John Durno, Head of Library Systems at the University of Victoria Libraries - in collaboration with Daniel Hogg from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria and Brent Hilpert from the SPARC Radio Museum - directed the Glenn Howarth Telidon Art Restoration Project, which recovered Howarth's digital art from these disks. Howarth's restored digital art was subsequently featured in the University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries' retrospective exhibition about Howarth, The Averted Eye Sees: The Life and Work of Glenn Howarth.

Margaret Peterson, 1951


MARGARET PETERSON (1902-97) was a prominent modern abstract painter and mosaicist who taught in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of California, Berkeley for many years and whose acclaimed work was exhibited internationally over the course of her career. Her paintings are held in art collections worldwide, including the art collection at the University of California Berkeley, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the British Columbia Provincial Art Collection, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV), and the Accademia di Bella Arti in Ravenna, Italy. Peterson first moved to Vancouver Island in 1951 with her husband, Howard O'Hagan (whose archives are also held by the University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections and University Archives), and they lived in Victoria from 1960 to 1963. In 1963, they moved to Europe, where they lived for ten years, but in 1974, they moved back to Victoria, where they spent the rest of their lives.

In 2010, the University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections and University Archives acquired Peterson's archives from the AGGV.

Watch Robert Amos discuss materials from the Margaret Peterson fonds in the video below.

A Conversation with Robert Amos about the Margaret Peterson Archives
Ceramic maquette that Robin Hopper submitted for the Glenn Gould Prize

ROBIN HOPPER (1939-2017), RCA, was an internationally acclaimed ceramicist of both functional and decorative pottery, author, educator, and garden designer. He studied ceramics at the Croyden College of Art in London from 1955 to 1961. In 1968, he emigrated from England to Canada, where he worked at Central Technical School and Georgian College. In 1977, he became the first recipient of the Saidye Bronfman Award, Canada's highest distinction for achievement in the fine crafts. A few years later, Hopper and his wife, Judi Dyelle - also a highly accomplished potter - established their studio 'Chosin Pottery in Metchosin, just outside Victoria, BC. In 1984, Hopper co-founded the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (M.I.S.S.A) and helped establish Fired Up!, an annual pottery show. His career as a ceramics scholar and teacher led to his career as an author. His publications include The Ceramic Spectrum (1984; 2001), Functional Pottery (1986; 2000), Focus One: Contemporary Studio Ceramics (with Kathleen Campbell and Terrence Heath, 1997), Stayin’ Alive, Clay and Glazes for the Potter (2003), Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface (2004), and the e-book A Potter's Garden: An Artist's Approach to Creative Garden-Making (2015). He was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2016 for his contributions to art and scholarship. In 2013 and 2014, Hopper donated his archives to the University of Victoria Special Collections and University Archives.

The Robin Hopper fonds contains 3.72 m of textual records (such as research notes, lecture notes, awards, press clippings, grants and proposals, and correspondence) and other materials, including slides, photographic prints, VHS tapes and DVDs, wooden boards with glaze tests, sketchbooks, negatives, and 1 ceramic maquette.

Self-portrait for Angel Eyes artist’s book, 1989


SANDRA MEIGS, RCA, is a multidisciplinary artist known for combining narrative, comic, and psychological elements in formidable large-scale paintings and installations that often also include sculpture, film, sound, and other media. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Meigs attended the Rhode Island School of Design and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Mixed Media from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 1975 and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Dalhousie University in 1980. She taught at the University of Toronto, Georgian College, York University, and the Ontario College of Art before taking a position in the Department of Visual Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria, where she taught from 1993 to 2013. In 2015, Meigs was awarded both the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts and the Gershon Iskowitz Prize. (Watch the GGAVMA video about Meigs here.)

In 2008, Meigs donated the Sandra Meigs fonds to Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Victoria Libraries. The fonds contains 70 cm of textual and graphic material, which includes, for example, correspondence, lecture notes, notebooks, photographs, exhibit posters, and original drawings and paintings for proposed artist's books.

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