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C u r r i c u l u m V i t a e

EDUCATION

  • Medical Sculpture prosthetics Internship,1981-1982 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • B.Sc. AAM. 1978-1981 Art as Applied to Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • Art degree 1976-1978 Central Technical School, Toronto , Canada
  • B.A., 1972-1976 Art History, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION

  • 1993-2012 Central Technical School, Toronto – sculpture
  • 2007-2009 Micheal Gerry weekly painting classes, Toronto
  • 2005 The British Institute of Florence, 2 week art history course, Florence, Italy
  • 2001–2008 Avenue Road Art School, Toronto- advanced painting
  • 2001City Sculpture School and Studio, Toronto- Winter stone Course
  • 1999 New York Studio, New York City –2 week Marathon Sculpture Course, with Bruce Gagnier
  • 1995-6 Heatherly School of Fine Art, London- advanced sculpture
  • 1993-1996 Kensington and Chelsea College, London, England –sculpting the figure
  • 1995 Brunel University, England – patination course

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

2011

  • Sir Isaac Brock project in progress,
  • The Joel Rochon Award, ¾ life-size bronze portrait bust, Notre Dame College, Saskatchewan
  • The Original Conservationist, 6 life-size bronze beavers for Beaver Drilling, Calgary, Alberta

2010

  • Shortlist finalist, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Monument, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario
  • private, life-size bronze busts of 4 children for Raftus family, Toronto
  • private, life-size terra cotta bust of daughter for Oestricher family, Toronto

2009

  • James Beaty larger-than-life historical figure for King George Square Properties, King St, Toronto
  • private, life-size terra cotta busts of sons for Lovekind family, Toronto

2008

  • Shortlist finalist, Dr. Frank Schofield Memorial Monument, Toronto Zoo, Ontario
  • Sophia & Diana, 12” bronze figures for Principal Dr. S. Ditchburn, Havergal College, Toronto
  • Landscape painting for Graham family, Toronto
  • private, life-size terra cotta bust of daughter for Field-Marsham family, Toronto

2007

  • Portrait painting life size and plaster bust of daughter for Sublett family, Toronto

2006

  • Cairn Dog, 16”, bronze, private commission Toronto

2005

  • Finalist, Veterans Memorial, Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Toronto

2004

  • Bishop Strachan, size-and-a-half bronze torso, Trinity College, University of Toronto,
  • Robert Gourlay historical portrait double life-size bronze, St. James Park, Toronto
  • private, life-size bronze busts of choldren for McBride family,Toronto
  • private commission, life-size bronze bust of daughter for Pepler, Oro Station, Ontario

2003-present

  • ACTRA Award for ACTRA National, 20 presented yearly across Canada
  • Jimi Hendrix 10” figure as prototype for the Franklin Mint
  • private, life size portrait busts of children for Weldon family, Toronto

2002

  • private commisssion, life size terra cottas of 3 sons for Goad, McDermid St Lawrence Securities

2001

  • C.W. Jeffery’s Memorial Sculpture, size-and-a-half bronze torso, Mill Street, Toronto
  • The Bionic Woman displaying current prosthetic parts. Glasgow, Scotland
  • The Sterling Hall School, small bronze male student grade 8 leaving gift, Eaton family Toronto
  • private commission, life size portrait busts of daughters for Eckert, McLean Watson,Toronto

2000

  • private, life-size bronze portrait busts of daughters for Connoly family, Toronto
  • Child portrait figure commissions 12” bronze of children for Ross-Handler family, Atlanta, Georgia
  • private, life-size bronze of 3 daughters for Gouinlock family, Toronto
  • private , life-size bronze portrait bust of daughter for Cole family, Toronto
  • private, 9” bronze figures that are interchangeable of children for Morwick family, Gimli Holdings
  • private , life-size bronze portrait bust of daughter for Harris family, Toronto
  • Child portrait figure commissions 10” bronze of children for Pullem family, Toronto,

1999

  • private, life-size bronze busts of children, for J. Gouinlock family, Toronto
  • Child portrait figure commission 10” bronze for Healey family, Toronto
  • private , life-size bronze busts of 2 children, for McBride family,Toronto
  • private commission, life-size bronze busts of son for Rotenberg, Rotman Center for Management, Toronto
  • private, life-size terra cotta busts of son for Moysey family, Toronto

1998

  • private commission, life-size bronze busts of 3 children, Rinomato, Pres.Torino Drywall, Woodbridge, Ontario
  • private life-size terra cotta of son for Sybil-Hopp family, London U.K.

1995

  • portrait busts in terra cotta of 2 sons for Kiralyfis, London, U.K.
  • portrait busts in terra cotta of children for Randolph family, London, U.K.

1992

  • Ambiguous baby genitalia teaching model with interchangeable normal and abnormal parts commissioned by Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

1990-92

  • Establish first clinic in Eastern Canada for extraoral osseointegration which uses titanium implants to retain facial prostheses.
    Create prosthetic eyes for various movies such as Cronenberg Twins starring Jeremy Irons.

1990-

  • Construct an educational model of the original and revised concept of the mitochondria for the Ontario Science Center,

1988

  • Develop the first “small size” headforms of a 7 and 12 year od used for testing sports equipment at CSA, Canadian Standards Association
    The Bionic Woman, life size figure displaying internal and external prosthetic parts. Ontario Science Center, Toronto

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Limited Edtions

  • 1993-2012 Children series
  • 2010-2012 Canadian Animal Series
  • The Original Conservationist, Alberta
  • Alices Sister, Toronto
  • Katherine Paine, portrait painting, Bailiwick of Guernsey, Channel Islands
  • Buddha 16” tall bronze Toronto
  • The Dance, Rayson & Associates , North York,
  • Watchful Youth & The Builder bronzes, Toronto
  • The Builder, Mississauga, Ontario
  • The Dreamer terra cotta, Collingwood, Ontario

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2012

  • Face It, Canadian Sculpture Center, Toronto
  • Heartlines, Canadian Sculture Center, Toronto

2011

  • Infinity, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
  • Face Forward, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto
  • Breathe, Rails End Gallery, Haliburton, Ontario

2010

  • Critical Mass, Sculptors Society 82 Anniversary Show, Toronto
  • Passages, Rails End Gallery, Haliburton, Ontario

2009

  • Face To Face, Sculptors Society of Canada, Toronto
  • Hot Stuff, Canadian Sculpture Center, Toronto

2008

  • 80!…Still Going Strong, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
  • Body Works, Canadian Sculpture Center, Toronto

2007

  • Capturing The Human Spirit, Varley Art Gallery, Unionville, Ontario
  • Arts & Letters Club General Show, Toronto

2006

  • Landscape Painting, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
  • Heads Up Two! Sculptors Society of Canada, Toronto

2005

  • The Miracle of the Portrait, Arts and Letters Club, Toronto
  • Heads Up, Sculptors Society of Canada, Toronto
  • Sculpture Mix VI, Sculptors Society of Canada, Toronto

2003

  • The Art of Giving, Canadian Sculpture Center, Toronto
  • In The Raw, Sculptors Society of Canada, Toronto
  • SSC Sculpture Exhibition, Richmond Hill, Ontario

2002

  • Collecting, Canadian Sculpture Center, Toronto
  • In The Raw, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
  • Portrait Challenge Show, Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto
  • International Portrait Arts Festival, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Third Annual Adult Art Show, Avenue Road Arts School, Toronto

2001

  • International Art Fair, Canadian Sculpture Center, Toronto
  • Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto
  • The Maquette- Canadian Sculpture Center, Toronto
  • The Art Of Collecting, Canadian Sculpture Center

2000

  • Fifth Annual Arts Week, Go 2 Figure, Canadian Sculpture Center, Toronto

1999 & 1998

  • Annual Exhibition, Sculptors Society of Canada, John Aird Gallery, Toronto
  • New Members Show, Canadian Sculpture Gallery, Toronto,
  • SSC 70th Anniversary Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto

1995 & 1997

  • Chelsea Art Society 50th Anniversary Exhibition, London, England

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & LECTURES

2011-2012

  • Art advisor for the Italian Campaign Monument Project, Toronto City Hall
  • Keynote Speaker, The Art of Science and the Science of Art, Fleming College, Haliburton

2009-2011

  • Portraiture Bust & Figure Lecturer, Haliburton School of the Arts, Haliburton, Ontario

2009-2010

  • Figure Sculpture Course teacher for 2 months, Artembassy, Toronto, Ontario

2006-2012

  • Portrait Sculpting course instructor for 2 months, Havergal College, Toronto
  • Portraiture lecture, Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ontario 2007
  • Portraiture Through Time lecture, Sculpture Society of Canada, Toronto 2005
  • Keynote speaker, International Portrait Arts Conference, Art Gallery of Ontario 2002

1987-1992

  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Communications, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto teach first year students head and neck prosthetics

1982-1992

  • Head of Restorative Prosthetics Clinic, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Toronto
  • Establish and developed the total operation of a new restorative prosthetics clinic from
    designing and planning of the physical plant to the creation of the restorative prostheses
    (orbital, nasal, aural, finger, breast etc)
  • Keynote speaker for 60 lectures in the field of Head and Neck Prosthetics

MEMBERSHIPS & COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

  • 2002-2012 Member of the Canadian Artists Representation CARFAC, Ontario
  • 1998-2012 Member of the Sculptors Society of Canada, Toronto
  • 1995-2012 Member Chelsea Arts Club, London, England
  • 2002-2004 SSC representative fo the Aird Gallery Committee, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1998-2012 National Sculptors Society, New York City, U.S.A.
  • 1996-2007 Elected member Queen’s University Council, Kingston, Ontario

PUBLICATONS AND AWARDS

  • McKinstry, Robert E. Fundamentals of Facial Prosthetics. ABI Professional Pub., VA USA 1995. Chapter 5 A. Alison Principles of Facial Sculpting pp.47-57
  • Hertzman C., Walter S., From L., Alison A., Jensen E. Observer Perception of Skin Color in a Study of Malignant Melanoma. American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 126 No. 5
  • Alison A., MacKinnon S., M.D. An Evaluation of Prosthetic Digits for 35 Patients. Proceedings of the Canadian Society for Surgery of the Hand. The Journal of Hand Surgery 1990
  • Recipient of the Queens Alumni Achievement Award, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, for “high ideals and a significant contribution to professional, community and volunteer work.” 1994
  • Gordon E. Richards Bursary, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division 1981-1982

SELECTED MEDIA

  • Lecturer Marries Science and Art, The Haliburton County Echo, July 2012
  • The Artist and James Beaty, Globe and Mail, January 2010
  • Workopolis, Business News Network painting at Avenue Road Art School October 2007
  • Actra’s New Statuette Makes Her Entrance, InterACTRA magazine, spring 2004
  • Robert Gourlay, Toronto Star, 2004