Canadian-born Tracy Templeton was raised in southern Saskatchewan on a small grain farm. Much of her early work chronicles the abandoned rural homesteads that characterize the prairie. Templeton’s images capture the subtle changes wrought by time, the unremarkable gaps between events, and what is left at the end. Memories reemerge as evocative fragments of actuality in the present and invite reflection on the past. Her works often encompass larger cultural issues and commonalities across the human experience. Without succumbing to sentiment, Templeton makes remembering, observing, and creating part of the active production of her work. Through the process of her printmaking, she asks the question common to any journey, “From here to where?”
Templeton became the area coordinator of printmaking at Indiana University in 2013. Previously, she was a professor at Southern Oregon University and visiting professor at Illinois State University in the United States. In Canada, she taught visual arts at the University of Regina and University of Alberta.
Her work has been widely exhibited across the United States and Canada as well as around the world, including more than 150 exhibitions in countries such as Mexico, England, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, China, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea. Templeton won Honorary Mention at the Seoul Print Biennial and third place in the Great Canadian Printmaking Competition in addition to being awarded numerous artist and academic grants. In 2019, she garnered honorary mention at the Second International Print Biennale Yereven in Armenia.
Specializing in photographic etching, she has lectured extensively on the technique and her artwork at such institutions as Tokyo University of the Arts; Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art; Instituto Superior de Arte Santa Ana, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Kansas City Art Institute; and Duke University.
Templeton earned her MFA from the University of Alberta and her BFA from the University of Regina, where she graduated with Distinction and the Riddell Award in Fine Arts.
Her prints appear in nearly fifty different collections worldwide, and her work has been published in more than a hundred different books, magazines, catalogs, and journals, including The Canadian Encyclopedia; Great Canadian Printmaking; and Grapheion: The European Review of Modern Prints, Book, and Paper Art. Templeton was also featured in Od Review, a partner with 21st Editions, and profiled in the UK-based Printmaking Today.
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