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Lived/Active: New York/Alberta / Canada      Known for: abstract painting, printmaking, and graphics

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Gateway of Heaven (State II), four colour etching on B.F.K. Rives rag paper, 11.25" x 16.5" signed, titled, numbered 6/20 and dated 73
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Sidney Maria Drum BPS, CCA , UAAC, PDCC (1952)

Sidney Maria Drum (AKA: Sidney M. Drum) is a painter, printmaker, graphic artist, writer and educator. She was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and lives in New York City (see education and teaching experience below for other places of residence and dates).

Her mediums are oil, etching, lithography, photography, digital imaging and mixed mediums.  Her abstract subjects are color, texture and shape, some of her recent representational subjects are studies of waterfalls, shorelines and pools of water.  Her styles include abstraction, Op Art, and realism combined with abstraction. Quote:

“ My large paintings explore the intersections of painting, digital media, photography, and other sources.  These works combine alternating panels of representation and abstraction.  Some panels are hand-painted (a labor-intensive, low-tech method); others use digital technology to explore how this technology has changed the way we view painting and the world around us (an emphatically high-tech process.)   This juxtaposition is intended to engage the viewer in a dialog about these different approaches in contemporary artwork.  In my work, these various  modalities interact, but without one mode dominating another, and suggest a dialog of constantly shifting visions.” – Sidney Maria Drum.

She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with distinction in Art) from the University of Calgary (1974) and a Masters of Fine Arts from York University, Toronto (1976).  She has taught at the University of Alberta, Edmonton (1976-77); the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax (1977-78); the University of Illinois, Chicago (1978 - 83); Governors State University, Chicago (1983-84); and Rutgers University, Newark, N.J. (1984-87).  Her travels include visiting the Northern Australian Rain forest, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

Drum is a member of the Boston Printmakers Society, the College Art Association of America, the Universities Art Association of Canada, and the Print and Drawing Council of Canada.

Some of the many venues for her solo, duo and group exhibitions include the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, (1978); World Print III, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1980); the University of Toronto (1981); the Art Institute of Chicago (1981); the Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL. (1983); the University of Pittsburgh, (1984); the 2nd International Print Biennial, Cabo-Frio, Brazil (1985); the First International Biennial of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia (1985); Premio Internazionale Biella, Biella, Italy (1987); Museum Am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany (1994);  Artibus XII, Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany (1998); Gallery Surge, Tokyo, Japan (1999); Optisches Museum, Jena, Germany (2004); the Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, Ontario, (2005); and Bautzener Kunstverein, Bautzen, Germany (2008).

Her work is in many private collections and in over three dozen major corporate and public collections. Some of the public collections are the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington), the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, Ontario), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Am Ostwall Museum (Dortmund, Germany), the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), the New Jersey State Museum (Trenton, NJ), Museum London (Ontario) and Hart House (University of Toronto).

She is listed in Jaques Cattell Press, Who's Who in American Art 15th Edition (1982), published by R.R. Bowker Company (1204 pgs) and in Canadian Who’s Who 2005, 40th Annual edition (2005), edited by Elizabeth Lumley, published by University of Toronto Press (1450pgs).

Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke

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