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 first Director of Thames Arts Centre and National Exhibition Centre, and
- the first Director of the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre.
He lectured 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
- 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.
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.
- the Policy Committee of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and
- 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.