2001 Annual Report ARLIS/Canada Chapter

Submitted by Carole Goldsmith


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Incoming Chapter Officers - 2002

[NOTE: Irene Puchalski takes over as Chair of ARLIS/Canada when she assumes the position of Canadian Representative at the ARLIS/NA annual membership meeting on March 24, 2002, in St. Louis]

Irene Puchalski, Chair-Elect


Carole Goldsmith, Past Chair & Chair (until March 2002)


Paul Chénier, Secretary/Treasurer


Ilga Leja, Atlantic Region Representative


Rosemary Haddad, ARLIS/MOQ (Montreal-Ottawa-Quebec) Representative


Diana Cooper, ARLIS/NA NW Chapter Representative


Amy Marshall, ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter Representative

Amy underline Marshall at ago dot net

Liv Valmestad, Prairie Region Representative


ARLIS/Canada Activities:

The ARLIS/Canada website may be found at: http://www.banffcentre.ab.ca/library/carlis The website is hosted and maintained by James Rout at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Canadian members held their annual business meeting at the ARLIS/NA conference in Los Angeles, from 8 - 9:30 p.m. The meeting was well attended, despite being scheduled directly after the silent auction and happy hour. The meeting was chaired by the ARLIS/Canada Chair, Carole Goldsmith, and reports were given on behalf of the individual Canadian chapters and regions. Paul Chénier took minutes at the meeting, and transcribed the minutes in both English and French. The minutes were posted on both carlis-l and the ARLIS/Canada website.

ARLIS/Canada members made generous contributions to the welcome party and/or the silent auction at the ARLIS/NA annual conference in Los Angeles. Several of our members were involved in moderating sessions and presenting papers at the conference, as well as serving in positions on the ARLIS/NA Executive Board and other Committees over the past year.

Karen McKenzie (Art Gallery of Ontario) completed her term as ARLIS/NA President at the annual membership meeting in Los Angeles. Karen presided over the Society at a difficult time as ARLIS/NA made the transition to a new management company, Clarke Association Management Services, based in Kanata, Ontario. Marilyn Berger later presented Karen with a beautiful orchid on behalf of all Canadian members.

Kathy Zimon received the 2000/2001 Melva J. Dwyer Award, for her scholarly publication, Alberta Society of Artists: the first Seventy Years, University of Calgary Press, 2000. Jury members for the 2001 award were Daphne Dufresne, Université du Québec à Montréal; James Rout, Banff Centre for the Arts; and Cheryl Siegel, Vancouver Art Gallery. Cheryl Siegel presented the award to Kathy on behalf of ARLIS/Canada during convocation ceremonies at the ARLIS/NA conference in Los Angeles. Kathy also received a Worldwide Books Publication award for her book.

Jury members for the 2002 Melva J. Dwyer Award were appointed in fall 2001. The new jury members are Diana Cooper, University of British Columbia; Rosemary Haddad, Canadian Centre for Architecture; and Irene Puchalski, University of Toronto. A call for nominations for the 2002 Dwyer Award was posted on both carlis-l and arlis-l in late November, and paper copies of the nomination form were mailed to all Canadian members of ARLIS/NA. The winner will be announced at the ARLIS/NA annual conference in St. Louis.

Jo Beglo (National Gallery of Canada) and Randall Speller (Art Gallery of Ontario) presented papers at the 'History of the Book in Canada' conference which took place November 15-17 in Vancouver. Several ARLIS/Canada members attended the conference. Jo spoke about the National Gallery publication programme, while Randall presented a paper on Arthur Steven and the Ryerson Press. Jo Beglo is coordinating a research publication entitled 'Essays in the History of Art Librarianship in Canada,' with submissions from members across the country. The deadline for contributions is May 15, 2002.

Two Canadian members received research awards and appointments from ARLIS/NA in 2001. Jonathan Franklin (National Gallery of Canada) received the H.W. Wilson Foundation Research Award for a bibliographical study of art auction catalogues. Jonathan was also appointed as ARLIS/NA web editor. Kathy was appointed co-editor of Art Documentation, and received the Worldwide Books Publication Award for Alberta Society of Artists. Irene Puchalski was awarded the David Mirvish Books on Art Travel Award to attend the conference in Los Angeles.

Plans are well underway for a joint regional meeting of ARLIS/Canada and ARLIS/NA NW Chapter, to take place in Banff, Alberta, May 31-June 2, 2002. The theme of the meeting is "Springtime in the Rockies." ARLIS/Canada received funding from ARLIS/NA to help support this meeting. Information on the mini-conference is now available on the ARLIS/Canada website at http://www.banffcentre.ca/library/carlis/banff/conf_info.asp

Carole Goldsmith and Paul Chenier submitted a report on ARLIS/Canada Chapter activities for the June 2001 issue of ARLIS/NA Update. Carole also posted a news update on carlis-l in early May, and prepared a written report to be read at the ARLIS/MOQ annual fall meeting.

News from the Canadian Chapters and Regions:

For more detailed reports on the individual Canadian chapters see:

ARLIS/MOQ http://library.concordia.ca/arlismoq 

ARLIS/NW Chapter http://hnear.home.mindspring.com/arlisnw/

ARLIS/Ontario http://www.fis.utoronto.ca/people/affiliated/arlisont/

ARLIS/MOQ held their spring meeting May 11 at the Cirque du Soleil site in Montreal. The meeting focussed on digital art and digitization projects, with presentations by local artists and members. The fall meeting took place at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, and offered tours of the National Archives Preservation Centre and the Indian & Inuit Art Centre at the Dept. of Indian & Northern Affairs. The Chapter now has three professional development awards: an award to attend the ARLIS/NA annual conference, a membership award, and a new award for travel to a conference other than the annual conference. Jonathan Franklin received a professional development award to attend the annual conference in Los Angeles. The Chapter is currently working on a project to update the Directory of Vertical Files on Art and Architecture / Repertoire des dossiers documentaires en art et architecture.

On May 25, ARLIS Ontario Chapter members gathered in London Ontario, for tours of local and regional history collections at the Public Library and the University of Western Ontario. Members also visited the Macintosh Gallery and the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre at Western, where the business meeting took place. The ARLIS/Canada Chair, Carole Goldsmith, attended the chapter spring meeting. The fall meeting was held Sept. 28-30 at White Mountain Academy of the Arts at Elliot Lake, hosted by Thea DeVos. In December, a small but enthusiastic group of members held a fundraising social event at the AGO to raise money for the chapter travel award. Mary Kandiuk (York University) received the Chapter award to attend the 2001 ARLIS/NA annual conference in Los Angeles.

Early in 2001, an earthquake caused damage to some ARLIS NW Chapter members' libraries in Washington State. Vancouver members mourned the unexpected loss of Rose Emery, from the Vancouver Art Gallery. The spring meeting was held in a former courtroom at the VAG and included a timely presentation on disaster planning. Following the meeting, members toured the Cornelius Krieghoff exhibition. The annual fall meeting was held in December at the University of British Columbia and included a guided tour of the 'Spirit of Islam' exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology. Members approved revisions to the chapter by-laws, which were presented to ARLIS/NA Executive for approval. Marilyn Nasserden (University of Calgary) agreed to co-chair the Banff Meeting Planning Committee with James Rout. The NW Chapter Executive agreed to provide financial support for the Banff meeting, and is hoping to recover some costs through fundraising and sponsorship opportunities. Members are looking forward to hosting the second national conference of ARLIS/Canada.