Mary Jo Major...Biography


Mary Jo Major

Artist Biography


Selected Recent Exhibitions
2023  Smalls-Artmatch Group Exhibition, 500 Collective, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (May 4-9)
2023  Gathering Threads Festival, Edmonton Expo, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (May 5-9)
2023  Night of Artists, Night of Artists Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (June-July)
2023  Around the World: A Visual Travelogue, Artpoint Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (January 6-29)
2022  Artmatch Spring Exhibition, CSpace, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (May 30 - June 6)
2022  Calgary's Story, Calgary Public Library, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (December '21 - January '22)
2021  Annual Juried Members Show, Leighton Centre, Millarville, Alberta, Canada (May - June)
2020  Annual Juried Members Show, Leighton Centre, Millarville, Alberta, Canada (May - June)
2019  Inspired by a Book, Artpoint Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (November 1-23)
2017  Elements, Artpoint Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Nov 1 - Dec 3)
2017  Calgary Stampede Western Showcase, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Creative Arts & Crafts 1st Prize)
2017  "Play", Pumphouse Theatre Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Juried Exhibition. Feb 8 - Apr 1)
2015  Alberta Textures, BlueRock Gallery, Black Diamond, Alberta, Canada (Sept 26 - Oct 17)
2015  Getting Naked, THEMUSEUM, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (Juried Canada Council Collection, May 6 - May 31)
2013-2014  Celebrating Alberta (Juried touring exhibition, Alberta Society of Artists. Northwest Art Center, North Dakota, USA; Marjorie Woods Gallery, Red Deer; Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery)
2012  Botanical Artists of Canada, Todmorden Papermill Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2012  Festive Spirit, Walterdale Playhouse Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (December)
2012  Out and About in Alberta, Milner Library Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (May 1 - May 31)
2010  Glaciers, Higher Ground Café, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2009  Artorama, Triangle Gallery of Visual Art, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2004  Colour Power, Central Blends Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2001  Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, 91st Annual Juried Exhibition, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA (September)
2001  The Works, Alberta Arts Festival, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Jun 24 - Aug 3)
2001  Blaze of Colour, Leighton Residence, Priddis, Alberta, Canada
2000  Parallel Lines, Burns Visual Art Society, Leighton Residence, Priddis, Alberta, Canada
2000  Into the Garden Again, Red Deer Museum, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
1999  Alberta Bound, Canadian Book Artists Guild, Sunlife Plaza, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1999  Alberta Artists, Leighton Center, Millarville, Alberta, Canada
1999  Artwalk, Grand Opening, Alberta Printmakers Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1998  Pages from a Book, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
1998  Prints, The New Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1998  Forest Series Paintings, Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1998  Bookworks 98, International Authors Festival, Uncommon Objects Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1997  Women and Texts, Languages Technologies & Communities, Leeds University, England
1996  Face (touring exhibition - Open Studio, York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront, Toronto (Jan - Mar 1996); Atelier Circulaire, Montreal, (May 1996); Station Gallery, Whitby(Mar 1997))
1996  Open and Closed Book, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1995-1997  Fine Printing (National Touring Exhibition, Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library)
1995  Bound to Please, Triangle Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1995  Into the Garden, Red Deer District Museum, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
1995  Guests, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1995  Touched, Folio Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Masters of Fine Art, University of Calgary, 1992
Bachelor of Fine Art, Concordia University, Montreal, 1976
Teaching and Project Experience
Workshop instructor, Omlette Press Fine Art Etching Studio, Calgary Alberta, 1996-2000 (Workshops: Art As Healer, The Illuminated Journal, Non-adhesive Book Structures, Painting, Mono-printing, Etching)
Printmaker, Iqualuit Fine Arts Studios and Arts Induvik, Montreal, Quebec, 1996-2000 (Interpret and transpose Inuit legends in drawings by Germaine Arnaktauyok to the medium of etching on copper plate. Production and printing of limited Editions.)
Printmaker, Virginia Christopher Galleries, 1996-2000 (Collaboration with Woodland Cree artist Fred MacDonald and the gallery to produce and print Limited Editions of multicoloured etchings commemorating Wolf Creek site in northern Alberta.)
Part-time Instructor, Alberta College of Art and Design, Extension Department, 1990-1992 (Two-Dimensional Design, Monoprinting Workshops)
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Calgary, 1990-1992 (Drawing, Design Fundamentals, Anatomy, Printmaking)
Printer, Omlette Press, London, England, 1980-1988 (Book illustration Letterpress printing, lithography on stone and plate, intaglio, woodcut and wood engraving.)
Master Printer, Skye Editions, 1980-1988 (Lithography)
2003  Artist in Residence, Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada
2001  Maggie Milono Award for Artistic Excellence, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
1994  Artist in Residence, Open Studio, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1992  Study Grant, New York Center For Book Arts
1991  Alberta Foundation for the Arts Scholarship
Works in Public and Corporate Collections
Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Art Bank, Canada Council, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Canadian Pacific Railway, London, England
Encana Petroleum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Enrindale College, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Open Studio, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Prairie Art Gallery, Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Special Collections, University of Calgary Library, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Westin Hotel, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
New York Public Library, U.S.A.
University of Michigan, U.S.A.
British Petroleum, London, England
Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges, England
London Chest Hospital, Tower Hamlets Library, England


All designs, images and text are copyright to Mary Jo Major