Fonds F3025 - Mary Rawlyk fonds

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Mary Rawlyk fonds

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  • Textual record

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  • 1960 - 2018 (Creation)
    Rawlyk, Mary

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1.7 m of textual records, 500 photographs, and 4 videocassettes

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Mary Elizabeth Rawlyk (nee Pike) was born in Toronto in 1934. Rawlyk received a B.A. from McMaster University in 1955, but continued her arts education taking courses at the Ontario College of Education, Mount Allison University, Nova Scotia College of Art and Brighton Polytechnic.

Her work expresses her own challenge to combine motherhood and her artistic practice. Her work foregrounds the struggles of women, in particular the labour conditions faced by mothers. In her printmaking, drawing and heat-transfer work, Rawlyk explores women’s unpaid labour in the home using as domestic icons traditionally female objects such as cutlery, aprons, appliances, and measuring cups.

Rawlyk has exhibited her work in solo shows at the Art Gallery of Burlington, in Burlington, Ontario, The Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario, and the Mount St. Vincent University Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her work has won many awards at group exhibitions across Canada.

The Art Gallery of Ontario, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, as well as corporate, municipal, provincial, university and public library collections all hold her work. In the past, Rawlyk was represented commercially by Mira Goddard Gallery in Toronto, Ontario and Equinox Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia, among others.

Mary Rawlyk is an artist who continues to live and work in Burlington, Ontario.

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Fonds consists of the material created and accumulated by Mary E. Rawlyk in pursuit of her artistic work. The collection consists of biographical information; newspaper clippings that include clippings on Rawlyk and her work and exhibitions; photographs of the artist and her exhibitions and workspaces; art show memorabilia including gallery pamphlets and promotional information; journals, letters and correspondence including personal journal entries, correspondence between public & commercial galleries, and personal correspondence; teaching documents from Rawlyk’s time teaching at St. Lawrence college; lists of inventory and lists of work; rentals and sales information; materials Rawlyk had compiled to create a catalogue of her work and website information; photographs of maquettes; catalogues from galleries and exhibitions; and contextual materials.

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This fonds was arranged and described by the donor with assistance from an independent archivist.

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  • English

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