Fonds MSS 493 (A15-42) - Sheila Butler fonds

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Sheila Butler fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 493 (A15-42)

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0.46m of textual records -- 2 books -- 2 cassettes -- 73 images -- 34 photographs -- 1 magazine

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(1938 -)

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Sheila Butler was born on 1938 in Leesport, Pennsylvania. She is a visual artist and was also a professor at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg, and the University of Western Ontario. As a visual artist, Sheila’s work focuses on the human condition. Her works have been exhibited in art galleries and universities, both nationally and globally. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Sheila, along with her husband Jack Butler served as special projects officers in the Northwest Territories where they engaged and supported Inuit artists. They were instrumental in helping create the Sanavik Co-operative in Baker Lake, Nunavut. The Sanavik Co-operative was created to allow local artists to make art, mostly prints, and sell the art in Southern Canada.

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The fonds donated by Sheila Butler.

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The fonds consists of 12 series: Wrings (General), Publications (Articles), Expenses (Personal and A+CC), Art Exhibitions and Gallery Correspondence, Art Gallery Pamphlets, Inuit Art, Baker Lake Soapstone, Baker Lake Inuit Art, Grant Applications, Art and Cold Cash Website, Photographs and Images, and Audio Recordings.

The Sheila Butler fonds contains archival materials documenting the process and the presentation of the Art and Cold Cash (A+CC) exhibit. A+CC was created in Baker Lake, Nunavut by three senior Canadian artists, Sheila Butler, Jack Butler, and Patrick Mahon, and included Inuit writer Ruby Arngna’naaq, and artist William Noah. A+CC was designed as an event to display art that is concurrent with the capitalist market. By combining art from the Southern and Northern parts of Canada, the project combined contemporary art, Inuit culture/art, and discourses surrounding money. A+CC was showcased in art galleries across Canada, Arctic settlements, the University of Edinburgh, and the Toronto Pearson InternationalAirport in order to reach out to viewers who might not normally visit art galleries.

The archival materials on the Baker Lake consists of documents produced by David Orlikow, M.P. from Winnipeg North, who presented to the House of Commons his overview of an early dispute over the availability of soapstone in the Baker Lake area.

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  • English

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Users must abide by relevant copyright legislation.

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Fonds processed and uploaded to AtoM by Sara Min, August 2016

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