About Barry Morrison

Barry Morrison

Barry Morrison

 

Barry Morrison, McMaster University Art Gallery Curator ,with Dr. Ezio and Mrs.Cappadocia at Inua Exhibtion. Photo Tom Bochsler.

Barry Morrison, McMaster University Art Gallery Curator, with Dr. Ezio and Mrs.Cappadocia at Inua Exhibtion. Photo Tom Bochsler.

Barry Morrison is a freelance Art Historian and now a website creator. He has a M.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto and a B.A. (Hons), Magna Cum Laude, from McMaster University. He was the first full-time curator at the McMaster University Art Gallery, the Director of Thames Arts Centre and National Exhibition Centre, and the first Director of the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre. He has been a lecturer in Art History at McMaster University, the Banff Centre, and the Sheridan School of Art and Design. He has also guest-lectured at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has lectured at the University of Manitoba. He has organized exhibitions of such notables as A.J. Casson of the Group of Seven, Les Manning, Robin Hopper, and many others.

Preparatory meeting of the interim Board of the new Alberta Crafts Council. Left to right: Catharine Dickerson, ACA; Elisabeth Mould, APA; Pierre Guy, Alberta Culture; Doug Motter, CCC Provincial Director; Barry Morrison CCC Director; Bert Borch ACA; Jack Forbes CCC; Joan Vanterpool, Alberta Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers; Doris Ramsay, Old Cabin Crafts Society; Peter Weinrich, Executive Director, CCC; Jane Thomas, Edmonton Needlecraft Guild. Artisan News, May-June 1979.

Preparatory meeting of the interim Board of the new Alberta Crafts Council. Left to right: Catharine Dickerson, ACA; Elisabeth Mould, APA; Pierre Guy, Alberta Culture; Doug Motter, CCC Provincial Director; Barry Morrison CCC Director; Bert Borch ACA; Jack Forbes CCC; Joan Vanterpool, Alberta Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers; Doris Ramsay, Old Cabin Crafts Society; Peter Weinrich, Executive Director, CCC; Jane Thomas, Edmonton Needlecraft Guild. Artisan News, May-June 1979.

Volunteering has been a constant in his life. Barry has served as a Director on the board of the Canadian Crafts Council, also as its Exhibitions Committee Chair, and as a juror for the Saidye Bronfman Awards. He has also served on the Policy Committee of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and was a member of interim Board of the Alberta Crafts Council among other activities.

Barry has been published in professional periodicals such as the Museum Gazette, and Artisan and has also had articles published in community newspapers and the Toronto Star.

Along the way Barry has also picked certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and as a Certified Trainer. He has also developed skills in facilitating leadership and group development projects using Appreciative Inquiry and System Dynamics approaches.

The Four Jurors for the 1979 Bronfman Award. Left to Right: Barry Morrison, Director, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre; Joyce Chown, weaver, Arnprior, ON; Peter Swann, Executive Director of the Bronfman Family Foundation; and Orland Larson, Canadian Crafts Council President. Artisan News, May-June 1979.

The Four Jurors for the 1979 Bronfman Award. Left to Right: Barry Morrison, Director, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre; Joyce Chown, weaver, Arnprior, ON; Peter Swann, Executive Director of the Bronfman Family Foundation; and Orland Larson, Canadian Crafts Council President. Artisan News, May-June 1979.

Barry Morrison’s personal interests are many. International travelling is a key one; He has driven throughout Mexico, Italy, England and the United States. Japan, Costa Rica, the Caribbean and Europe have also figured in his travels. He also enjoys sailing, rockhounding, watercolour painting and Japanese Ukiyo-e prints.

But Barry’s love is for Canadian studio ceramics. He has met and interviewed many of the icons of the medium and enjoys meeting and researching contemporary masters and practitioners. This website is the result of that love.

Barry Morrison Listening Intently to a Presentation at the APA AGM, Calgary, May 2013

Barry Morrison Listening Intently to a Presentation at the APA AGM, Calgary, May 2013

Barry Morrison lives just north of Gimli, Manitoba. He also has a personal blog, mowingthedriveway.wordpress.com, which deals with reflections and life on retiring from the city to the rural life. You can reach Barry by placing a comment on any of the site’s pages, or by email at studioceramicscanada@gmail.com.

3 thoughts on “About Barry Morrison

  1. Pingback: A new page “About Barry Morrison” added | Studio Ceramics Canada

  2. Ed Drahanchuk

    Hi Barry,
    I’ve been out of touch for some time now (years), but plan for my last stab into pottery for 2017 if all goes well. Just a matter of building my fifth kiln. Are you interested in any information ?

    Ed Drahanchuk

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