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Federation of Canadian Artists fonds:
The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) grew out of the Canadian Conference of Canadian Artists held at the University of Kingston in June 1941. During the final session of the conference, attended by more than 150 professional artists, art critics, and art educators from across Canada, delegates set up a continuation committee that was given the task of planning a permanent national arts organization. Members of the committee included André Biéler (1896-1989); A.Y. Jackson (1882-1974); Jean-Paul Lemieux (1904-1990); Arthur Lismer (1885-1969); Walter Abell (1897-1956); and Frances Loring (1887-1968). In 1942, acting upon the expressed wish of the Conference for a permanent organization, the group established the Federation of Canadian Artists, with André Biéler as its first president. The principal objective of the FCA as stated in its constitution was "to unite all Canadian artists, related art workers and interested laymen for mutual support in promoting common aims and for the expression of the artist's point view as a creative factor in the national life of Canada." The membership of the organization was divided into five regions (the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies, and the Pacific Coast), each with two representatives. The first annual general meeting, attended by delegates from each of the regions, was held in the Toronto studio of Charles Comfort, May 1-2, 1942. In addition to various exhibitions, instructional workshops, classes, and painting studios, the FCA sponsored lectures and plays. From about 1949 on, the focus of the Federation has mainly been visual arts. The Federation of Canadian Artists continues to operate, with its head office in Vancouver, B.C.
The fonds consists of publicity material, including a brochure for a Federation of Canadian Artist-sponsored lecture series at McGill University, Montreal in 1946/1947; two copies of the FCA Bulletin (1949, 1950); an invitation to an FCA exhibition held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in April 1951; FCA letterhead; two newspaper clippings related to André Biéler (1969, 1989); and one photograph.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of letter.
Text in English.
The items in this fonds were originally collected by Alison Palmer, secretary of the Quebec branch of the Federation of Canadian Artists. They were given by a member of the Palmer family to Joyce Zemans, who donated the items to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives in 2008.
[Title of item], Federation of Canadian Artists fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.