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Detail, pen & ink drawing by Gary Sim (1951 - )

BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS awarded
British Columbia Historical Federation CERTIFICATE OF MERIT May 11, 2013

BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS
Expanded again - Release 1.6 issued

ISBN 978-0-9732542-6-6 (digital). Compiled and edited by Gary Sim

INTRODUCTION
ABOUT THE BC ARTISTS ALPHABETICAL INDEX
ABOUT THE BC ARTISTS BIBLIOGRAPHY
SAMPLE BIOGRAPHICAL WEB PAGES
NOMINATIONS & AWARDS
REVIEWS
HOW TO PURCHASE

A list of public facilities where BC Artists is available for research.


INTRODUCTION

BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS (BC ARTISTS) is an extensive digital finding aid to reference information on more than 17,300 artists who worked or are working in British Columbia, from the 1700s to the present day. Artist information has been compiled from more than 1,500 bibliographic references, including exhibition catalogues, books, prospectii, newspaper reviews, archival records, personal correspondence, and artist statements. The bibliographic references are linked to the artist index with more than 29,000 individual cross-references. Thousands more references are contained in over 1,250 artist biographical files.

The information is presented in over 2,200 web pages, with 230 illustrations, all extensively hyperlinked from the main BC ARTISTS ALPHABETICAL INDEX. All of this information is contained on a single CD-ROM. The project will run on any device with a web browser (computer, laptop, tablet) regardless of operating system (Windows, Unix, Android, Mac).


ABOUT THE BC ARTISTS ALPHABETICAL INDEX

Artists are listed alphabetically, with vital statistics and formal education listed if known, and a list of bibliographic references in which each artist is included. The table below shows 2 typical entries from the S index, in this case for Herbert Siebner and the editor. Each reference has a unique abbreviation with a date code, and the abbreviation is hyperlinked to more information about the reference. Emphasis has been placed on listing references that contain biographical information. (Note: the links in the box below are not active). If the artist exhibited artwork in Vancouver prior to 1950, they will typically have their own biographical file, such as the Innes and Sherman files given below.

Siebner, Herbert Johannes Josef 1925 - 2003 b Stettin, Germany  arr Victoria 1954  BCA57/58/60  BCSFA58-61/67  VAG58  ARCA1973  3BC74  BCAC80  AGGV86  VAG04  AIC  CC1  VPL  Limner  BIBLIO
Sim, Gary Keith 1951 - b Vancouver Sept.26  AVA98  AVA99  AVA00  GO00  CT11  AMP135  AIC  BIBLIO  www.sim-publishing.com


ABOUT THE BC ARTISTS BIBLIOGRAPHY

A bibliography of artist monographs has been compiled and linked into the BC ARTISTS index files. Many of the publications are limited edition, or from countries around the world such as Japan, Mexico, Germany, Indonesia, and France and thus not easily sourced. The bibliography currently lists 722 monographs for 356 artists.


About 1/5 of the BC ARTISTS bibliographic source material.


SAMPLE BIOGRAPHICAL WEB PAGES

These links take you to two sample biographical web pages, in this case for artists Maud Sherman and John Innes. The links otherwise embedded in those biographies have been converted to lettering in bold, as those files are not posted on-line and would therefor result in an error message if clicked on. The BC ARTISTS project includes more than 1,250 individual artist biographies like these.

         JOHN INNES Biographical Page

         MAUD REES SHERMAN Biographical Page

Each biographical page is divided into seven main sections that may or may not contain informatino about the artist:
     1. The artist's name in full, including optional spellings, single and married names.
     2. The artist's dates of birth and death, as known and if applicable.
     3. Groups and associations that the artist belonged to or exhibited with.
     4. A biographical summary of the artist.
     5. A summary of exhibitions, linked to transcribed exhibition catalogues.
     6. A summary of reference material with artist references or illustrations.
     7. A summary of published artist reviews, linked to transcriptions.


NOMINATIONS & AWARDS

Awarded B.C. Historical Federation CERTIFICATE OF MERIT, 2013
Nominated for Melva J. Dwyer Award, 2011
Nominated for Melva J. Dwyer Award, 2010
Nominated for Melva J. Dwyer Award, 2005
Nominated for Vancouver Art Award, 2005
Nominated for Vancouver Heritage Award, 2004


REVIEWS

"It is truly impressive, intelligently and skillfully organized..."
     Charles C. Hill, Curator of Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
"It is a most welcome addition to Canada's national research collection in the visual arts."
     Jo Beglo, Bibliographer, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives, Ottawa
"It is indeed a very helpful and impressive body of work."
     Ian M. Thom, Senior Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery
"...an invaluable contribution to Canadian cultural research - and a boon to all art historians..."
     Paula Gustafson, Editor, Artichoke magazine book review, Summer 2004 issue, Vancouver
"...the result is a document that is amazingly comprehensive and accurate."
     Lynn Brockington, former Librarian, Vancouver Art Gallery
"This tool is a rich storehouse of information about artists working in Vancouver."
     Murray Waddington, Chief, Library & Archives, National Gallery of Canada
"It is a compact gem densely filled with valuable information."
     Letia Richardson, former Art Researcher and Writer, Vancouver
"It has been handy in more ways than you might imagine."
     Cheryl Siegel, Librarian, Vancouver Art Gallery


HOW TO PURCHASE

BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS Release 1.6 (including a complete copy of ART & ARTISTS IN EXHIBITION: VANCOUVER 1890 - 1950) is now available to purchase for only $175.00 (Canadian funds). Simply send an email including your complete shipping address to Sim Publishing, and we will ship your order immediately, with an invoice. Sim Publishing is also willing to donate the project to authorized institutions in exchange for a tax receipt. Please ask about this if you are interested.

UPGRADE ONLY: To update your existing version of BC Artists to the current version, send $30.00 by cheque or money order to Sim Publishing, and we will mail you a complete update.

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