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    Born in London, Ontario, Laurie McGugan studied art at McMaster University and has lived in Toronto since 1982. Her practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and public art. She has exhibited across Canada and in the UK and has received grants from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and the City of Toronto.



Biographical Information


Born in London, Ontario, Canada. Grew up on a farm near Strathroy, Ontario. Now lives and works in Toronto and Prince Edward County, Ontario.



1977   Honours Bachelor of Art and Art History, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario


Public Art Installations:

2009  Bloomfield Star, Main Street, Bloomfield, Prince Edward County, Ontario.

         Winner of Public Art Competition.

2000  Circle of Trees - A Time Piece, A Millenium project for the City of Toronto, Woodbine Park, Toronto 

1992    Home, The Millennium Project, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

1988    Park Couch, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (temporary)

1987    Park Couch, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (temporary)


Solo Exhibitions:

2023    Interior World, Carbon Art and Design, Picton, Ontario

2019    Path, Carbon Art and Design, Picton, Ontario

2017    New Releases, IX Gallery, Toronto, Nov

2016    Kuche Gallery, Toronto. May

2015    Danforth Popup Gallery, Toronto. May

2014    InQuarries, Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Toronto, Ontario, April 

                           Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, July-Sept

2006   Silvae - Design Visions for Future Forests, Forestry Sciences Building, UBC, Vancouver, British Columbia

2005   Milford Bistro, Milford, Prince Edward County, Ontario

2004   Left Side Gallery, Flesherton, Ontario

2003   Left Side Gallery, Flesherton, Ontario

2002   Fossils/Maps Heard House Gallery, Flesherton, Ontario

2000  Circle of Trees - The Studies, Toronto, Ontario

1986    Farmemories, Kensington Place Gallery, Toronto (painting)

1983    Rosberg Gallery, Niagara Falls, Canada (painting)

1981     Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, Ontario (painting)


Group Exhibitions:

2019    Carbonized, Carbon Art and Design, Picton, Ontario

2018    The Artist Project, Toronto

2017    Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto

2013    Art Prize,  Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

2013    Art in the County, Picton, Ontario      Honourable Mention Prize

2006   Forest Dreaming, Center for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Essex, England

2003   One Hundred Strong, you me gallery, Hamilton, Ontario

2003   Left Side Gallery, Flesherton, Ontario

2002   Heard House Gallery, Flesherton, Ontario

1994    Modern Fuel, Kingston, Ontario

1988    The Works, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

1987    Subject of Form; The Unexpected Landscape, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, Ontario

1986    Kensington Place Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1985    Leo Kamen Gallery, Opening Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario

1984    Access’84, Toronto

1984    Ontario Society of Artists Open Juried Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario

1983    CKOC Arts Hamilton Juried Exhibition, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario

1982/3 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario

1981    McMaster Alumnae Exhibition, McMaster University Gallery, Hamilton

1981    Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, Ontario

1981    Leslie Ross Gallery, Brantford, Ontario

1981    Juried Women’s Exhibition, Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton, Ontario

1981    Exhibition of Hess Village Artists, McGugan Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario

1979   Burlington Public Library, Burlington, Ontario

1977   Elizabeth Annand Gallery, Lambeth, Ontario

1977   Graduate Exhibition, McMaster University Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario



1999   Canada Council for the Arts Millennium Fund

1999   Ontario 2000, Mainstreet Grant

1999   Toronto Millennium Grant

1997   Ontario Arts Council - Artists in Education

1996   Ontario Arts Council - Artists in Education

1992   Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance

1988   Canada Council Travel Grant

1987   Grant For Temporary Exhibition, City of Toronto, Public Art Commission

1987   Ontario Arts Council Material Assistance

1981    Ontario Arts Council Material Assistance



2002  Tree of Life - A Reflection of St. John's, Mural, St. John's Presbyterian Church, Toronto, Ontario

         Numerous private commissions



2005  Tree of Life - a profile of artist and creation of Tree of Life mural

2001   Circle of Trees - 12 minute Documentary

1993    Millennium Project – Year 2, Kingston Artists Association Inc.



2000  Canadian Arts & Culture, Art and nature come full circle -

2000  John Terauds, The Toronto Star

1988    Francesca Valente, Toronto Life

1988    Vivienne Sosnowski, The Edmonton Journal

1988    Bright lights of the big city, Toronto Life

1987    Christopher Hume, The Toronto Star

1987    Grace Inglis, The Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton, May 20/87

1981     John Ruskin Minor, The Silhouette

1981     Grace Inglis, artviews, The Spectator, Hamilton, September

1981     Grace Inglis, artviews, The Spectator, Hamilton, May




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