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Kenneth Lochhead

Lochhead and "The Kite", ca. early 1950s. [82]

Born May 22nd, 1926, in Ottawa, Ontario, Kenneth Campbell Lochhead studied commercial art at the Ottawa Technical Highschool, and spent a summer studying with the Art School at Queen's University (1944). He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and spent two years with the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania (1946-1948).

Lochhead became Director of the University of Saskatchewan School of Art at Regina College in 1950. During this time he was also the administrator for the Norman Mackenzie Art Collection (1950-58). Lochhead is best known in Saskatchewan for initiating the Emma Lake Professional Artists' Workshops in 1955, which brought about a renaissance in Saskatchewan art and helped propel it onto the international scene. He invited such well-known artists as Jack Shadbolt, Joseph Plaskett, Clement Greenberg, Kenneth Noland, and Jules Olitski. He was also a member of the Regina Five painters who exhibited at the National Gallery in 1961 and who were considered to be at the forefront of Canada's modern art movement at that time.

Since leaving Regina in 1964 he has worked as a Professor of painting with the School of Art in Manitoba (1964-73), York University (1973-74), and the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa (1975-89). He retired in 1990. Lochhead's works have been exhibited and collected internationally and he has been a member and chair of the Art Advisory Committee of the National Capital Commission in Ottawa. In 1971 he was presented with the Order of Canada.


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