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Ina Duncan Dewar Uhthoff
(nee Ina Campbell, m. E.J. Uhthoff)

December 5 1889 - June 29 1971

Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
Victoria School of Art (Founder)
Federation of Canadian Artists
B.C. Society of Artists (Member)
Royal Society of Arts, London (Fellow)

Ina D.D. Uhthoff was born Ina Campbell, raised in Glasgow, and went to the Glasgow School of Art.

She arrived in Victoria, B.C. in 1926 with only a son and a daughter, and established a teaching studio. In 1929 she and Emily Carr sponsored master classes given by American artist Mark Tobey. She exhibited her work with the Island Arts and Crafts Society from 1925 to 1936, and at the Vancouver Exhibition in 1930. She had work in the annual B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1934, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1950, and 1951.

Uhthoff's classes prospered and eventually evolved into the provincially funded Victoria School of Art. The first year students were able to transfer their course credits directly into second year classes at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, attesting to the high quality of instruction at the school, given almost entirely by Uhthoff.

One of her students was Patience Birley.

In 1936 Uhthoff visited Vancouver, attending a Theatre Party and Buffet Supper put on for the 1935 Graduating Class of the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts by the art school's Graduates Association.

The 1941 publication Who's Who in Northwest Art noted that Uhthoff was Principal of the Victoria School of Art, under the Technical Education Branch, Department of Education, B.C. She was living at 468 Beach Drive, Victoria, B.C.

She showed work in the 1944 British Columbia At Work exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

In 1944 Uhthoff was one of four people in Victoria who formed a local branch of the Federation of Canadian Artists. The group opened "The Little Centre" gallery on Yates Street, which Unthoff ended up running. The gallery moved to Broughton Street and re-opened as the Arts Centre of Greater Victoria. In 1951 the gallery received the gift of the Spencer Mansion on Moss Street and moved again to a location which would be its successful home for more than a half century.

Her painting "Sunflowers" was the first painting acquired for the permanent collection of the gallery.

Uhthoff was a member of the B.C. Society of Artists for many years, and exhibited in their annual exhibitions in May 1929, 1946, from 1952 to 1962, and in 1967.

Uhthoff also wrote an art criticism column in the Victoria Daily Colonist. When she passed away in Ontario at age 82, she had made a permanent contribution the B.C. art community with her life's work. Not only did she leave more than 400 drawings and paintings behind, but the art school and art gallery she created continue to prosper into the new millenium, more than thirty years after her death.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1929 May 18 - June 8 BCSFA   21st Annual Exhibition Self Portrait
Parliament Buildings, Victoria
The Old Times
A.M.D. Fairbain, Esq.
1930 Aug. 6 - 16 VanExh   Oil Paintings & Water-colours Turret Mountain
Paddy
Portrait Study
1933 Mar. 3 - 15 VAG   IACS Vancouver Island Exhibition Kootney (sic?) Creek
1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Alpine Meadows
Wind Swept Tree
1939 Mar. 14 - 26 VAG   IACS Vancouver Island Exhibition Glacier and Moraine
1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 VAG   B.C. Artists 11th Annual Beaverland
1944 Nov. 21 - Dec. 10 Labour Arts Guild   1st B.C. At Work Welding
Girl Welder
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual F/Lt. J.C. Uhthoff
1946 May 31 - June 23 BCSFA   36th Annual Banff and Cascade Mountain
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Dutch-Canadian
Forest Piece
1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 VAG   B.C. Artists 19th Annual Blue Mood
Still Life with Oranges


References - BIBLIOGRAPHY

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GROUP EXHIBITIONS

100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)

CONTEMPORARIES OF EMILY CARR IN BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to SFU74)

KATHARINE EMMA MALTWOOD - ARTIST (refer to UVIC81)

PRINTMAKING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1889-1983 (refer to AGGV83)

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

EARLY BRITISH COLUMBIAN WOMAN ARTISTS (refer to HG95)

OUR CHANGING LANDSCAPE (refer to BAG08)

THE ORNAMENT OF A HOUSE - FIFTY YEARS OF COLLECTING (refer to BAG17)

References - GENERAL

WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)
      2 column inches of information on Uhthoff.

PERMANENT COLLECTION (refer to AGGV64)

THE MOUNTAINS AND THE SKY by Lorne E. Render
      1974, Glenbow-Alberta Institute; published by McClelland and Stewart West
      ISBN 0-7712-1001-2; 224 pages, illustrated throughout in colour and b&w
      Includes biographical information on Uhthoff and two of her paintings illustrated

THE DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARTISTS 1880 - 1940 (refer to DBA76)

ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - LIST OF EXHIBITORS

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

NOT JUST PIN MONEY, Barbara K. Latham & Roberta J. Pazdro, Eds.
      1984, published by Camosun, Victoria.
      Includes essay: From Pastels to Chisel: the Changing Role of BC Women Artists
      Essay includes references to Josephine Crease, Sister Mary Osithe, Ina Uhthoff, and Beatrice Lennie.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      1 reference listed for Uhthoff - Who's Who in Northwest Art, 1941

THE FECKLESS COLLECTION (refer to FECK18)

GREATER VANCOUVER ART GALLERIES 1954-2020 (refer to GVAG20)
     1 reference to Uhthoff.

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)

Clippings

Article by Miss J.E.M. Bruce
      Victoria Daily Colonist, March 26 1939

"Art in Victoria and elsewhere on Vancouver Island has taken on fresh impetus during the past six months. Among individual successes ... Ina D.D. Uhthoff of Victoria exposed in the British Columbia at Work exhibition an outstanding exhibit "Welding" among the eight paintings selected for presentation to the city of Odessa; (continues)"
      From "Collection of Eastern Artist Features Art Gallery Display" by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, January 24 1945

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