Fonds - Paula Gustafson fonds

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Paula Gustafson fonds

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  • 1976-2005 (Creation)
    Gustafson, Paula

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61 cm of textual records and other material

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Paula Gustafson (February 25, 1941 July 11, 2006) born in Abbortsford, BC, had a varied career as an artist and art critic.;During the 1980s, she tried her hand at watercolour painting and botanical drawing. Over the years she furthered her artistic knowledge by exploring bronze casting, glassblowing, and crafting jewelry and handmade paper.;In 1989 Gustafson co-founded <i>Artichoke</i> magazine with Mary-Beth Laviolette and David Garneau. <i>Artichoke</i> magazine highlighted the creativity of Canadas artists, reaching readers across Canada and throughout the international community. This award-winning magazine featured outstanding writing about Canadian visual art and artists, filling a valuable niche in the Canadian cultural landscape.;Gustafson was a tireless advocate for Craft, and did much to bring about a new perspective for Craft to be regarded in the same category as Fine Art. She gave lectures, served as advisor to individuals and non-profit organizations, wrote articles and published books about craft, as well as published three special editions of <i>Artichoke</i> magazine which showcased contemporary Canadian Craft. She was President of the Alberta Crafts Council from 1983 to 1985 when she became Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Governors at the Alberta College of Art.;From 1990-1992 Gustafson was a writer / contributing editor to a variety of publications, including <i>Artichoke, Western Living, Visual Arts Newsletter, Chatelaine, Canadian Living, Canada Crafts, Ontario Craft, Ceramics Monthly, Craft International, Borealis, American Indian Art, Textile: Fibre Forum, Ceramics Art and Perception, The Vancouver Sun, Ceramic Review, The Craft Factor, Blackflash, Above and Beyond, BC Woman, Vancouver Step, Monday Magazine, ArtFocus, Notations</i> and the <i>Glass Gazette</i>. As well as serving as the City of Calgarys Director of the Visual Arts Board.;It was in 1990 that she also organized <i>Alberta Needles II</i> quilt exhibition that travelled to London, UK. She also designed and produced the exhibition catalogue for the exhibition.;From 1993 to 1999 she served as Visual Arts Critic for <i>The Georgia Straight</i> (Vancouver), <i>Xtra West</i> (Vancouver) and <i>The Calgary Straight</i>. At this time Gustafson was also a writer / corresponding editor for worldwide publications including: <i>Asian Art News</i> (Hong Kong), <i>World Sculpture News</i> (Hong Kong), <i>ART Asia Pacific</i> (Sydney), <i>Object</i> (Sydney), <i>The Asian Art Newspaper</i> (London), and <i>South China Morning Post</i> newspaper (Hong Kong).;Sharing her experience in the Canadian publishing industry and her extensive knowledge of art and craft, Gustafson traveled all over Canada to give lectures and to take part in forums. She was a guest lecturer in Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, and Saskatoon, and was involved in conferences on craft, art, and publishing topics throughout BC and Alberta.;In addition to her experience in writing and publishing, Paula made many valuable contributions to the arts community. She lent her wisdom as a consultant to emerging artists, assisting them with portfolios, marketing and professional advice.;During the last few months, Paula Gustafson was the editor for <i>Galleries West</i> magazine. A consummate professional, she continued working until just a week before her death from cancer in 2006.

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The Paula Gustafson fonds is comprised mainly of materials that relate to her career as an art critic and lecturer. The materials in the fonds consist of photographs; slides; negatives; correspondence; certificates; speeches (some annotated); draft articles; published materials such as newspaper clippings and magazine articles, curriculum vitae; project proposals; statistics; travel itineraries; exhibition notices and exhibition catalogues.

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Access to the Archives of the Vancouver Art Gallery is at the discretion of the Librarian/Archivist. Some of the records in the fonds contain information that may not be accessed. The material is limited because it contains rsums. Access to these files is restricted and they are indicated as such by highlighting in the finding aid appendixs folder list. Consult the Vancouver Art Gallery Librarian/Archivist for access details.

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A full inventory with series descriptions and file lists is available at the Vancouver Art Gallery Archives / Library.

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BCAUL control number: VAG-3334

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