Fonds - David Thauberger fonds

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David Thauberger fonds

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  • 1954-1989 (Creation)

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1.68 m of textual records and other material

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The son of John A. and Adeline (Folk) Thauberger, David Thauberger was born in Holdfast, Saskatchewan on June 26, 1948. While studying Education at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, a summer course in art ignited his desire to become an artist, and he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1971. After two years in the United States, where he earned a Master of Arts (California State University, Sacramento, 1972) and a Master of Fine Arts (University of Montana, Missoula, 1973), Thauberger returned to Saskatchewan to pursue his artistic career, supplementing his income conducting workshops and teaching art classes. Prior to 1975, when he switched to full-time painting, the artist worked primarily with ceramics. He has also sustained an interest in folk art, from whence he drew inspiration for his painting style, and he spent time gathering art works and information about this little known art form, chiefly in Saskatchewan. Thauberger's works are widely represented in public and private collections all over North America, and have been included in numerous solo and groups exhibitions. He has been commissioned to create works for various corporations and individuals, and has served as a juror in several art competitions. David Thauberger resides in Regina. He is married to Veronica Pawliw, and they have two sons, Jonathon (born 1972) and Christopher (born 1975).

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Fonds consists of personal and professional papers of Saskatchewan artist David Thauberger, (1954-1989). Included are: ceramic sculptures, paintings, and prints created by Thauberger; awards and degrees; financial records; business and personal correspondence; a series of files documenting Thauberger's dealings with numerous Canadian art galleries; and photographs, slides and publications relating to Thauberger and his work. The fonds also contains the artist's extensive collection of articles, books, catalogues, invitations, correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes and writings, art works, photographs, slides, and sound recordings relating to Saskatchewan folk art. The collection includes recorded interviews, art works, and slides and photos depicting artworks by numerous artists, among them Ed Fletcher, Ann Harbuz, Molly Lenhardt, W.C. McCargar, Sam Spencer, Fred Neibrandt, Fred Moulding, and many others. Within the slides, some Quebec and Nova Scotia coverage is also present.

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The files in Accession 89-69 are in folders as they were found. They have been culled and then arranged according to subject and then alphabetically within the subject area

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Open for research. Access to financial records in Accession 89-69 requires written permission of the donor

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Copyright retained by donor.

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Inventories available for 85-83 and 89-69.

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Includes 2335 slides, 328 photographs, 55 paintings and prints (oversize), 6 cm of graphic material, 12 ceramic sculptures, 9 audio cassettes, and 32 oversize items.

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85-83 and 89-69.

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