History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Reid, Dennis MA

Professor, Canadian Art (UT St. George)

The bulk of my major publications have been generated in relation to exhibitions curated while working at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (1967-79), and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (1979-10). In addition, in 1973 I published A Concise History of Canadian Painting with Oxford University Press, and it has been in print since then, appearing in a greatly expanded third edition in 2012. I produced this in support of my teaching, which has gone on part-time alongside my gallery work since 1973, at Carleton University in Ottawa (1973-82), and the University of Toronto (1977 to present). At U of T I teach an undergraduate course each fall, alternating a 200-level survey history of Canadian painting with a 400-level seminar on Issues in Canadian Art, and a graduate seminar in winter term, alternating recently between James Wilson Morrice and Portraiture in Canada, 1750-1870: Painting into Photography. My own research and writing currently is focused on early portraiture, and a range of twentieth-century issues, including the work of the Nova Scotia-based conceptualist and sculptor John Greer.

Current Research
  • Director, Collections and Research, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • BA University of Toronto
  • MA University of Toronto
Recent Awards
  • 2001 Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, University of Lethbridge
  • 2000 Honorary Fellow, Ontario College of Art and Design
  • 1998 Order of Canada
  • 1991 Janet M. Braide Award for Excellence in Canadian Art History

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