BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS  

Mrs. Vivien Edith Cowan
(nee Tully, m C.G. Cowan)

July 26 1893 - April 17 1990

Cariboo Art Society

Vivien Tully was born in St. Paul, Minnesota (per death certificate), although another source lists her birthplace as Portland, Oregon. While visiting Kamloops she met and married Charles George Cowan in 1918. She was the mother of Cariboo artist Sonia Cornwall.

She studied art at the Banff School of Fine Arts, where she met and became friends with A.Y. Jackson. Jackson later visited her at the Onward Ranch, and in 1946 he became Honorary President and Founder of the Cariboo Society of Artists.

She exhibited artwork in the 1945 and 1947 annual B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and also had work in later exhibitions not noted here.

She had work in the Federation of Canadian Artists Third Traveling Exhibition in 1947.

In 2013 an extensive biography of Tully and her daughter Sonia Cornwall was published (see below).

Cowan died in Williams Lake in 1990, her occupation noted as "Self-employed (Retired) ranching." She was a widow at the time.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual Echo River
Cascade Mt., Banff, Alberta
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Cariboo Lake Country
1947 FCA   Third Traveling Exhibition 150 Mile House Ranch

References

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)

THE GRANDE DAMES OF THE CARIBOO (refer to FOW13)

B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE death (refer to BCVS)

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