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Cliff Eyland fonds
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CA UMASC MSS 402-A2018-145
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- Eyland, Cliff
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This fonds includes 1212 photo negatives, 4443 photographs, 6566 slides, 48 artist proposals, 4 publications, 8 wall book projects, 8 notebooks/sketchbooks, 1469 drawings made in Adobe Illustrator, graphite, charcoal, pastel, paint, marker, ink, pencil crayon, 72 paintings and 5 pieces of artwork by other artists.
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Clifford Leslie Joseph Eyland was born November 7, 1954 to Kathleen Margaret Eyland (nee Williams) and Ronald James Eyland in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Eyland studied at Holland College, Mount Allison University, followed by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD).
In the 1980s, Eyland began making paintings, drawings and notes in a 3”x5” index card format. Since then, much of Eyland’s work has explored the relationship between libraries and galleries, both of which are institutions that house and preserve. Eyland’s index card project has formed some of his largest installations which appear in libraries across Canada, such as Winnipeg’s Millennium Library, the Halifax Central Library and Edmonton’s Meadow Library. In addition to his large-scale library installations, Eyland has had several solo exhibitions and participated in many group shows throughout North America and Europe. In 2003, he was shortlisted for the nation RBC/Canadian Art Foundation painting award.
Eyland’s writing has been published in Canadian art magazines since 1983, and Eyland has been curating exhibitions since 1985. He served as a curator at the Technical University of Nova Scotia School of Architecture (now known as Daltech) from 1985 until 1994. In 1998, Eyland became the Director of Gallery One One One (now known as the School of Art Gallery), where he would remain until 2012. During this time, Eyland also taught at the University of Manitoba and served as a board member on Plug In ICA’s Board of Directors from 1995 until 2005.
This fonds was donated by Cliff Eyland to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections in 2018.
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This fonds spans over six decades, from the 1960s until 2015, containing the life, work and art of Winnipeg-based artist, professor and curator Cliff Eyland. The fonds has been divided into 10 series and is largely composed of Eyland’s individual drawings and personal art projects, as well as photos and slides of artwork and exhibitions by various artists. Additionally, the collection contains the documentation of Eyland’s personal life, various events, exhibitions and numerous trips.
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The original order has mainly been kept.
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A finding aid can be downloaded from the fonds-level description by clicking on the “Download’ link under “Finding Aid” on the right hand side of the screen.
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Finding aid created by Emma Dux (November 2019).