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Diana Thorneycroft is a Winnipeg artist who has exhibited various bodies of work across Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as in Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney. She is the recipient of numerous awards including an Assistance to Visual Arts Long-term Grant from the Canada Council, several Senior Arts Grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Thorneycroft recently completed a new series of photographs called Canadians and Americans (Best Friends Forever…it’s Complicated). The inaugural exhibition took place at the Michael Gibson Gallery in London, Ontario in October 2013. The work will be shown this coming summer at the Wasserman Projects, Birmingham, Michigan and ArtMûr, Montreal, in October, 2014.

Also coming up this fall is a two person show entitled HOGs and Horses that will be taking place at Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg.

Thorneycroft taught as a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba's School of 

Art for 25 years. Since 2010 she has been focusing on her studio practice full time.



University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
Master of Arts in Art


University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours

Solo Exhibitions


A People’s History. Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec; Art Gallery of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan; Art Gallery of Prince Albert, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan


Diana Thorneycroft’s Extraordinary Stories. Caustic Landscapes of Canadian Imaginary. Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France


Diana Thorneycroft: Canada, Myth and History. The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, Abbotsford, British Columbia; Windsor Art Gallery, Windsor, Ontario


Diana Thorneycroft’s Canadian Moments: Awkward and Atrocious, Carleton University Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario


The Canadian Martyrdom Series.. Ottawa School of Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
Diana Thorneycroft: Canada, Myth and History. McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
Group of Seven Awkward Moments. Skew Gallery, Calgary, Alberta; Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec; Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario


There Must be 50 Ways to Kill Your Lover. G+ Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


The Canadiana Martyrdom Series. Skew Gallery, Calgary, Alberta; Lee Ka-sing Gallery, Toronto, Ontario; Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec


The Doll Mouth Series. Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec; Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia; Rodman Hall, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario; 7th Internationale Fototage Mannheim/ Ludwigshafen, Germany; Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, New Brunswick; Gallery 1C03,Winnipeg, Manitoba


Martyrs Murder. Justina Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario; Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario; Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Corner Brook, Newfoundland


Still-life: stilled lives. Lee, Ka-sing Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


Diana Thorneycroft: The Body, its lesson and camouflage. Medicine Hat Museum & Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta; Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario; The Nickel Arts Museum, Calgary, Alberta; Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario; Canadian Museum of Contemporary Art, Ottawa, Ontario; Embassy of Canada, Tokyo, Japan; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba


Re/Monstrance. St. Norbert Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta


Representation, Presentation, Unpresentable. The Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia


Monstrance. St. Norbert Arts and Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Patient/Prisoner. Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


On the Skin of a Doll. The Small Gallery, Harvard University, Boston; Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


slytod. Gallery One One One, Winnipeg, Manitoba


a slow remembering. Rosizo, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, State Museum and Exhibition Centre, Moscow, Russia; The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; Gallery 44, Toronto, Ontario; The Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba


TOUCHING: THE SELF. Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario; Folio Gallery, Calgary, Alberta; Vu, Centre D'Animation et de Diffusion de la Photographie, Quebec City, Quebec; Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta; Neutral Ground, Regina, Saskatchewan; The Photographers' Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Toronto Photographers' Workshop, Toronto, Ontario

Two and Three Person  Exhibtions


Desire and Domination — Imagining the Psyche. Nanaimo Art Gallery, B.C.


Foul Play (with Michael Boss). Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton, N.B., , Winnipeg, Manitoba


On the Skin (with Michael Boss). Ace Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Photographs (with Lucie Lefebvre and Pierre Charrier). Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


The Tearing of Angels (with Richard Purdy and Liliana Berezowsky). Expression, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec; Musee Regional de la Cote-Nord, Sept-Iles, Quebec

Identities (with Marc Hutchinson). The Whyte Museum, Banff, Alberta

New Work (with Monique Bertrand). Dazibao, Montreal, Quebec

Group Exhibitions


Hogs and Horses. Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Toys Gone Rogue. Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
Play>Nation: Canada's Outdoor Culture Exhibition. Toronto, Ontario
Winnipeg. La Maison Rouge, Paris, France; Musee International des Arts Modeste in Sete, France
Winter Kept Us Warm. Ottawa Dance Directive Studio, Arts Court, Ottawa, Ontario; La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
CANADA COUNCIL ART BANK – A Prairie Snapshot. National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
From our Collections: the Photography of Holly King, Dyan Marie & Diana Thorneycroft.. Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
Searching for Tom: Man, Myth and Masterworks. The Museum, Kitchener, Ontario
2011 Art Souterrain. Montréal, Quebec


Exploded View. Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario


Civilization and its Discontents. Junction Arts Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Arena: The Art of Hockey. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Ontario
Connecting to Collections. Gallery Lambton, Sarnia, Ontario
Leaving Olympia: Unveiling the Idealized Nude. Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta


BUN. Kumukumu Gallery, New York, NY
Darkside Photographic Desire and Sexuality Photographed. Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Hinterlands. McIntosh Gallery, London, Ontario
Apropos. Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Graphic Visions. Art Gallery of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan
Subconscious City. Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Well Hung. White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Déjà vu!. Muséerégional de Rimouski, Rimouski, Quebec
Tame: Negotiating the Wild in Contemporary Art. MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Illegal Art. Pacific Northwest College of Arts, Portland, Oregon; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida
Hand in Hand. Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Faking Death. Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY


Folio Revisited. The Whyte Museum, Banff, Alberta


Latitudes. Academy of Art, Belgrade, Serbia
Faces and Figures of the Nickel. The Nickel Arts Museum, Calgary, Alberta


Not So Cute & Cuddly: Dolls & Stuffed Toys in Contemporary Art. Ulrich Museum, Wichita, Kansas
Drawing Resistance. Labels Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Illegal Art. Gallery 313, New York, N.Y.; SFMOMA, San Francisco, L.A.; Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Korper - SEXUALITÄT. Fotogalerie Wiens, Vienna, Austria


The Liminal Body. Australian Center for Photography, Sydney, Australia


Curator’s Choice. The Concept Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
End Games. Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario


The Light Within. Instituto Cabanas, Guadalajara, Mexico
The Ugly Show. The Bracknell Gallery, Bracknell, England


Alliances: The Family. Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, Ontario


Here's Looking at Me Kid. Art Gallery of North York, Toronto, Ontario
Corps et empreinte. Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, Quebec
Dolls Reclaimed. Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


Search, Image and Identity: Voicing our West. Finnish Museum of Art, Helsinki, Finland; Whyte Museum, Banff, Alberta; The Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; STRUTS Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick; Gallery 44, Toronto, Ontario; Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia; The Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba


The Female Imaginary. Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario


The Pressing of Flesh. Gallery 44 and Toronto Photographers Workshop, Toronto, Ontario; The Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Memory and History. Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Contemporary Canadian Art. Galerie Pallas, Prague, Czech Republic


Politics of Gender: Personal Mythologies. Niagara Artists' Centre, St. Catharines, Ontario


Beau. Canadian Museum of Contemporary Art, Ottawa, Ontario


Mentoring: Manitoba Artists' For Women's Art: A Catalytic Situation. The New Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

The Body in Question. Burden Gallery-Aperature Foundation, New York, N.Y.
Message: Sent and Received. Galerie SAW Video, Ottawa, Ontario

Grants and Awards

Winnipeg Arts Council “Making a Mark” Award, 2009
City of Winnipeg Visual Arts Grant to Individuals, 2009, 2005,1999,1996, 1990
Manitoba Arts Council Major Arts Grant, 2009, 2001, 1997, 1991
Deep Bay Residency, Riding Mountain National Park, 2009, 2007
Canada Council Assistance to Visual Artists -Long-term, 2007-09
Manitoba Arts Council "A" Grant, 2006, 2005,1996, 1990, 1982
Established Artist Grant, Canada Council, 2003
Most Outstanding Teacher Award, School of Art, University of Manitoba, 2002
Nomination, Roloff Beny Award, 2002
Fleck Fellowship, Banff Centre for the Arts, 2001
Canada Council "B" Grant, Photography, 1999,1992
City of Winnipeg Visual Arts Grant to Individuals, 2005,1999,1996, 1990
Canada Council Explorations Grant, 1995
Video Pool First Video Fund, 1994
Canada Council "B" Grant, Interdisciplinary/Collaboration, 1993
Manitoba Arts Council Project Grant, 1991, 1984
Canada Council Project Grant, 1990, 1987