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She had solo exhibitions of her work in 1930 at the Wilson & Co. Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, and at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1938. She also showed work at the National Gallery, Ottawa, in 1932, and the Art Gallery of Toronto in 1940.
She was employed as a medical illustrator at McGill University from 1921-24, and taught at the Banff School of Fine Arts, 1936. She moved to Vancouver c1937 and later taught at U.B.C. from 1951 - 1962.
She exhibited work in the B.C. Artists annual exhibitions, and in the 1944 British Columbia At Work exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
She was on a list titled "Leading Vancouver Artists," provided to the Labour Arts Guild on April 10, 1946 by the Vancouver Art Gallery to assist in the Guild's call for entries to the second annual B.C. At Work exhibition.
She exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in a number of their Annual Exhibitions. Cheney's work is represented in the National Gallery of Canada by her portrait of Emily Carr. Cheney is one of the artists known to have painted Savary Island.
|1938 Mar. 26 - Apr. 10||Paintings & Water Colours||VAG|
|1938 July 12 - 27||Six Local Artists||VAG|
|1942 April 28 - May 10||Oil Paintings (17 pictures)||VAG|
|1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10||VAG B.C. Artists 6th Annual||Miss Mary R. Lawson, M.B.E.|
|1938 April 29 - May 15||BCSFA 28th Annual||The Hungarian Costume|
|1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9||VAG B.C. Artists 7th Annual||The Black Tusk, Garibaldi Park, B.C.|
|Shelf Glacier, Garibaldi Park, B.C.|
|Garibaldi Lake, B.C.|
|1939 June 9 - 25||BCSFA 29th Annual||Portrait Sketch|
|W.P. Weston, A.R.C.A.|
|The Caves, Sphynx Glacier, Garibaldi Park|
|1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8||VAG B.C. Artists 8th Annual||Mary Capilano|
|Mending Salmon Nets, Lulu Island|
|Dr. G.G. Sedgewick|
|1940 May 17 - June 2||BCSFA 30th Annual||Portrait Sketch|
|Miss Gale Taylor|
|1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13||VAG B.C. Artists 9th Annual||June Morning, Savary Island|
|West Wind, Savary Island|
|1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19||VAG B.C. Artists 10th Annual||Portrait|
|1942 May 15 - 31||BCSFA 32nd Annual||Donald Erickson|
|1942 July 7 - Sept. 2||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer||Mary Capilano|
|1943 May 15 - June 6||BCSFA 33rd Annual||Relics of the Sea|
|1943 July 2 - Aug. 25||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer||Relics of the Sea|
|1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20||VAG B.C. Artists 12th Annual||British Columbia River|
|1944 May 13 - June 4||BCSFA 34th Annual||Portrait, Sheila Weir|
|1944 July 4 - Aug. 30||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer||British Columbia River|
|1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22||VAG B.C. Artists 13th Annual||Ice Caves, Garibaldi|
|1944 Nov. 21 - Dec. 10||Labour Arts Guild 1st B.C. At Work||Lumber Mill, Nelson|
|1945 May 18 - June 10||BCSFA 35th Annual||The Signal, Savary Island|
|Sand Dunes, Savary Island|
|1945 July 3 - Aug. 26||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual Summer||Ice Caves, Garibaldi|
|1946 May 31 - June 23||BCSFA 36th Annual||Source of the Columbia River|
|1946 July 2 - 28||VAG Jubilee Exhibition||Mary Capilano|
|1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13||VAG B.C. Artists 15th Annual||Coast of B.C.|
|1947 May 9 - June 1||BCSFA 37th Annual||Foxglove and Paeonies|
|1947 July 8 - 27||VAG B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition||Foxgloves and Peonies|
|1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12||VAG B.C. Artists 16th Annual||Nancy Jean Wright, Trail, B.C.|
|1948 May 18 -June 6||BCSFA 38th Annual||October in the Park|
|British Columbia Coast|
|1949 May 3 - 22||BCSFA 39th Annual||Mr. G.M. Crawford, Portrait Sketch|
|David Mather, Portrait Sketch|
|Dr. A.M. Agnew|
|Forsythia in February|
|1950 April 25 - May 14||BCSA 40th Annual||Lumber Mill, Nelson, B.C.|
|Drying Fish Nets, B.C.|
|1985||AGGV  B.C. Women Artists||Back of the House of All Sorts|
100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)
THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)
VISUAL ARTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VABC77)
BRITISH COLUMBIA ART COLLECTION 1974-80 (refer to BCAC80)
ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979 (refer to RCA81)
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)
BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)
MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970 (refer to MM88)
DEAR NAN - Letters of Emily Carr,
Nan Cheney, and Humphrey Toms
1990, edited by Doreen Walker; 436 pages
University of British Columbia Press; ISBN 0-7748-0348-7
250 letters transcribed, includes extensive biographical notes, excellent index
Extensive information regarding Cheney.
A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
2 references cited for Cheney.
GREATER VANCOUVER ART GALLERIES 1954-2020
(refer to GVAG20)
2 references to Cheney.
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)
"Clever Portraiture Marks Exhibit at Art Gallery" by (unknown)
News-Herald, March 28 1938
"Artists represented in the group comprise the following ...
Nan Lawson Cheney ... (continues)
From "Maritime Art Association" Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin, November (?), 1939
"Other worthwhile exhibits are by ... Nan Lawson Cheney ..."
From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942
"Pastel Portraits and Payne Display Art Gallery Features" by
Vancouver Daily Province, May 1942
"Among other prominent exhibitors are ... Nan Lawson Cheney ...
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943
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