Fonds F 4603 - Ian Trowell fonds

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Ian Trowell fonds

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    CA ON00009 F 4603

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    • 1972-1988, 2010 (Creation)

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    12 centimetres of textual records
    3 photographs : black and white prints

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    Ian Trowell (1930- ) is a sculptor, painter and writer, based in London, Ontario, who is known for his bronze and stone sculptures of the human figure. He is a past president of the Ontario Society of Artists and founding director of the Upper Canada Centre.

    In addition to creating and exhibiting his own work, Trowell is a freelance writer and often contributes art criticism to the London Free Press. His published works include "UP AND AT IT," a collection of Trowell's writings, and "From Within Outward," a book about sculpture.

    Trowell was the president of the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) from 1973 to 1975 and a former member of the Sculptors Society of Canada. He co-founded Visual Arts Ontario in the 1970s with Walter Sunahara. He was also the founding director of the Upper Canada Centre for the Visual Arts (UCCVA) in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    The Upper Canada Centre for the Visual Arts (UCCVA) was a charitable, non-profit organization incorporated in April 1975. It was a Canadian visual arts information / resource centre and art gallery. The purpose of the centre was to bring public attention to the work of living artists in such a manner as to forge a link with Canadian art history and education and to reflect the growth and development of Canadian art through individuals and institutions. It aimed to increase linkages between the visual arts community and Government and private enterprise.

    In 1977, Trowell moved to Prince Edward Island leaving the UCCVA in the stewardship of its Board of Directors. During Trowell's absence, the UCCVA began to disintegrate and was, more or less, defunct by 1978. The affairs of the UCCVA were wrapped up in 1987.

    Trowell continues to live in London where he paints in both watercolour and mixed media.

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    Fonds consists of correspondence, exhibition brochures, agendas, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, grant applications, photographs and other material related to Ian Trowell's work in founding and developing the Upper Canada Centre for the Visual Arts. It also includes material related to his tenure as President of the Ontario Society of Artists.

    For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

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    Donated to the Archives of Ontario by Ian Trowell in 2010.


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        Copyright has been transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the donor. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use other than for research and private study any of this material, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.

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        For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

        Associated materials

        Additional material related to Trowell's tenure as president of the Ontario Society of Artists may be found in F 1140 Ontario Society of Artists fonds; material related to his work in developing Visual Arts Ontario may be found in F 1157 Ontario Crafts Council fonds, series 6 (VAO).

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        Added Apr/12.

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