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Etcher, painter

Jo Manning

Jo Manning

Full Name
Joan Elizabeth Manning

11 December 1923 (age 100) (
Sidney, British Columbia, Canada

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Jo Manning (born 11 December 1923) is a Canadian etcher and painter.



Early years

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Joan Elizabeth Manning was born in Sidney, British Columbia, on 11 December 1923. She spent her early childhood on Vancouver Island, then moved to Amherstburg, Ontario. She studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and graduated in 1945. She married, and became known as Jo Rothfels. She returned to the OCA in 1960 to study printmaking as a special student. She took up etching in 1962. After a divorce in 1971 she reverted to her maiden name. In 1971 she studied process camera techniques and color separation at George Brown College, Toronto.

Later career

Manning taught in a mobile printmaking workshop between 1965 and 1970 for a community program of the Ontario Department of Education. She taught or ran workshops at Centennial College (1967–71) and Sheridan College (1971-74), and in the summer at Hockley Valley School of Art (1970–74), Elliot Lake (1970–72), University of Toronto (1975) and various other places. She became an executive member of the Canadian Society of Graphic Art and a member of the Canadian Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. The two organizations merged in 1976 to form the Print and Drawing Council of Canada. Jo Manning was a founding member of the new Council. Around 1980 she became ill from exposure to chemicals and moved away from etching into ink drawing and oil and watercolor painting.

Exhibitions and reception

Manning's work has been included in many group shows in North America, Europe and Australia. She has held a number of solo exhibitions including:

  • Pollack Gallery, Toronto (1965, 1968)
  • Gallery Pascal, Toronto (1974, 1977, 1980)
  • Mira Godard Gallery, Montreal (1976)
  • Earlscourt Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario (1979)
  • Gadatsky Gallery, Toronto (1984)
  • Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Quebec
  • Manning has won many awards including a gold medal at the 2nd Print Biennale (1970) in Florence, Italy, first prize at the 4th American Print Biennale (1970) in Santiago, Chile, and the medal of honor at the International Graphic Biennale (1980) in Frechen, Germany. Her work is held in many private, corporate and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Art Gallery of Windsor and many others.


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