Fonds - Tony Tascona fonds

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Tony Tascona fonds

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  • [192-?]-1994, predominant predominant 1960-1994 (Creation)

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3.5 m of textual records and other material

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Tony Tascona was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba in 1926. He attended the Winnipeg School of Art and the University of Manitoba School of Fine Arts between 1948 and 1952. He worked as a electroplating technician between 1953 and 1971. This position provided him with a knowledge of metallurgy and its related technologies that he subsequently put to use in his sculptures. In 1971 he left this position to devote himself to his art. Single-artist shows include those at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Frederickton, N.B., and La Galerie Internationale, Ribe, Denmark. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions as well. Tascona has won major awards for his artwork, finishing first and second many times in Winnipeg shows and other local exhibitions. In 1970 he received citations from the Royal Canadian Academy, the Royal Architectural institute of Canada and the Italian Academy of Arts and Works. He also received an honorary degree from St. John's College of the University in 1994. In addition to his art work, Tascona has been very involved in the arts. He was prairie region Vice-President of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1979-1981), served on the Board of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1975-1976), and was involved in the Canadian Conference of the Arts (1990-1993). He is married to Doreen Millen and currently resides in Winnipeg.

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Fonds consists of personal and professional papers of Manitoba artist, Tony Tascona. Included are catalogues, commission and project files, exhibition files, catalogues, invitations, and publicity material, news clippings, reference material and periodical articles, and audiovisual material relating to Tascona and his art. Of particular note is the series of business correspondence (1960-1994), the photos and slides of Tascona's work and events during his career, and a substantial collection of original art cards created by numerous contemporary artists (1952-1993), along with catalogues of other artists. The fonds also contain a small selection of Tascona's original art creations including drawings, a self-portrait, prints, T-shirts, and wedding invitations. Records relating to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts during Tascona's tenure as prairie region vice-president (1979-1981), to the Winnipeg Art Gallery when he served on its Board (1975-1976), and to his involvement with the Canadian Conference of the Arts (1990-1993) are also present. The professional records are supplemented with small quantities of personal and family financial records, legal documents, correspondence and photographs. The fonds also includes a photograph of Tascona's grade one class with teacher, Gabrielle Roy.

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These papers were arranged by Doreen Millen in consultation with Tony Tascona; original order was therefore maintained.

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Open for research. One file in accession 94-80 is restricted.

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Copyright retained by the donor.

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File list for 88-74 and inventory for 94-80 is available.

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784 photographs, 102 negatives, 432 slides, 6 videocassettes, 2 audio cassette, 1 artifact and 35 oversize items.

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