THE ARTIST

Born in Oka, Québec, Madeleine Lemire now lives and works in the Eastern Townships. She studied at l’Ecole du Louvre in Paris, the Montreal School of Fine Arts, the Academy of Arts and the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts in Montreal.

There were solo exhibitions in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Calgary, Victoria.

She has also taken part in many group shows in Canada, France, US and in Europe. Her works are part of numerous collections.

M. Lemire was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts* in 1996.

* ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS (RCA)

The history of the R.C.A . began with the Royal Academy of Arts, a society founded in England in 1768 to advance the fine arts. For a century, it was the only British art school. Elected members are entitled to write the initials R.A. after their names.

In 1880, the Marquess of Lorne, Governor Ganeral of Canada founded the Royal Canadian Academy. Its membership at that time comprised 26 of Canada’s most accomplished painters, sculptors and architects who wished to foster the visual arts in the very new Dominion of Canada.

These 26 Academicians, as they called themselves, founded the National Gallery in Ottawa, with the requirement that each newly elected member deposit a work in the Gallery. They also established the first life-drawing classes in Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax.

n 1995, 115 years later, the R.C.A. revised its constitution and put into effect a revitalization plan. Today there are 500 members from approximately 21 disciplines working together to present exhibitions, support public museums, and, perhaps most important, encourage young artists right across Canada.

Academicians are elected by their peers on the basis of having produced a significant body of outstanding work over a period of time.