VALERIE CHRISTINE BURTON M.F.A.
1977 M.F.A. Major – Photography, York University, Toronto, Canada.
1975 B.A. Visual Arts, Majors – Photography and Sculpture, York University, Toronto
1966 A.O.C.A. Diploma, Interior Design, Ontario College of Art, Toronto
INSTRUCTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
1995-1994 Ryerson Polytechnical University Toronto, Canada.
1993-1992 Tufts University European Center, Talloires, France
1992-1991 Parsons School Of Design, Paris, France.
1984-1983 Humber College, Toronto
1980-1975 Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, York University
EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS
2018 Christmas Exhibition and Spring Exhibition: Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa
2017 Exhibition Day of the Dead Tilica Es Un Calaca, National Museum of Mexican Art Chicago Ill. USA
2014-16 Sold in group art sales and made charity donations of work
2013 Exhibition of new photographs: Post-graffiti Street Art at Gallery 240
2011-12 Project: Photographic project is mixed media images on appropriated street art found in many countries.
2012 Nominee: Recent competition in the International Color awards USA
2010 Cover Photograph published by TASCHEN in the Polaroid Book for 2010
2008 Group Exhibition, in November, Chameleon Nation, Kingston Ontario
2008 Solo Show “Celebration and Change” St. Brigid’s Centre Ottawa Ontario
2008 Photographs published by TASCHEN in the new Polaroid Book for 2008.
2007 Solo Exhibition “Day of the Dead” State Ethnographical Museum, Warsaw Poland
2007 Solo Exhibition, by the Embassy of Mexico & Cervantes Institute in Poland
2007 Solo Show of Canadian Indigenous Peoples The Urban Pear Ottawa Ontario
2007 Solo Show Ottawa Art Gallery Art Rental Department Ottawa Ontario
2007 MEXICANA Group exhibition at the Cube Gallery Ottawa Ontario
2006 Nominee: “It’s the Real Thing” – The International Color Awards USA
2006 Glasgow Museum Indigenous Peoples Gallery opening exhibition
2006 NOVUS exhibition Art Rental Ottawa Art Gallery Ottawa Ontario
2005 Solo exhibitions at Juniper and at Patrick Mikhail Gallery Ottawa, Ontario
2004 Solo exhibition CELEBRATION AND CHANGE, 41 photographs
of Aboriginal cultures of Mexico and Canada at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
2004 Solo exhibition for PLANET IndigenUs festival at the McMichael Canadian Collection gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario
2004 DAY OF THE DEAD exhibition at the Mexican Fine Art Center Museum Chicago IL. USA
2004 Published by TASCHEN in the POLAROID BOOK, a collection of images from Polaroid International
2003 Made photographs of projects and people in Senegal for PLAN International and in Mali for CARE USA
2001 Original photographs of Mexico included in the traveling exhibition, CARR,O’KEEFE, KALHO PLACES OF THEIR OWN, presented by the McMichael Canadian Collection.
2000 Traveled in Yang Qing and Yulin townships in northern China, photographed children and projects for PLAN INTERNATIONAL
1994-2004 Traveled to Mexico and lived in modern Mayan villages, El Viente Noviembre and Zoh Laguna, Campeche and made photographs of the
people there. Photographed the Day of the Dead festival in Oaxaca and other festivals throughout Mexico. Solo exhibition of this work at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
1997 Traveled in South India. Photographed people in rural communities.
1995 Author and photographer of a best-selling, instructional book on photography for children, MAKING PHOTOGRAPHS, published in 1995 by Burgher Books. 13.000 copies sold in Canada. Used as text at Humber College and others.
1995-1977 Instructor of Still photography,
1998-1995 As a commercial and fashion photographer, did assignments in Canada and France
1993-1992 Organized and instructed in the photography department of the Tufts University European Center, Talloires, France
1985-1980 Planned and directed a photographic art gallery in Toronto, THE BURTON GALLERY, specializing in the work of Canadian artists.
1998 EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, Exhibition at El Corazon Del Pueblo, Oaxaca, Mexico
1998 THE DAY OF THE DEAD, Exhibition at UNAM, Hull, QC
1998 THE FUTURE OF MEXICO, Exhibition for Fotoseptiembre, Puebla, Mexico
1998 MAKING FRIENDS, Exhibition of photographs of Campeche and festivals in villages in central Mexico, UNAM, Hull, QC
1992 PERSPECTIVE DISTORTION, Exhibition of research work with Polaroid
Tufts University European Center, Talloires, France;
1984 ART BANK AT WORK, The Canada Council Group Exhibition, Canada;
1981 PHOTOGRAPHIC FACULTY EXHIBITION, Ryerson Polytechnical Inst.
1975-1979 Several solo and Group exhibitions in public and commercial galleries in New York, Milan, Moscow, Toronto and Ottawa
PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
- National Archives of Canada 2018
- Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand
- Manuel Alvarez Bravo Centre Museum of Photography Oaxaca Mexico
- Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB
- Vicente Fox Quesada, Former President of the United States of Mexico
- Valued Assets- Department of Foreign Affairs of Canada – Coca-Cola Latin America, Office of the President, Atlanta, GA. USA
- Polaroid Corp. U.S.A. And Europe;
- Polaroid Canada, Toronto, Canada;
- The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa;
- The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Canada;
- Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France;
- Polaroid International, Amsterdam, Holland;
- Regional Museum of Oaxaca, Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico
- Anthony Caro, Sculptor, London, England;
- PLAN International and CARE USA Atlanta GA
- Save the Children, Canada
- Glasgow Museum: Scotland UK
English, French and some Spanish
As an instructor of Still Photography, both in Canada and in France, I was responsible for all course structure. I have extensive knowledge of the history of photography, having owned a gallery and taught history and photographic journalism. Also important is a special interest in design and content of the image, subject and peripheral details, as well as technical expertise. I stress the necessity to maximize awareness of principles of modern art and the place of photography within a broader concept of these principles.
During my tenure at Ryerson I acted as instructor and advisor to many outstanding students, among them Ed Burtynsky, Rafael Goldchain, and Walter Chin, prominent fashion photographer in New York City. At Tufts University, Talloires, France, I was given completely free rein to design and determine my course content and had many glowing reviews from my students, during the two years that I lived in that region of France. I also taught at the Parsons School of Design, Paris during my one year of residence in that city.
During the last few years, I have concentrated on making my own series of photographs, continuing a long term series of emotive sculpture in black and white prints and a ten- year project of the Festivals of the Indigenous peoples of Canada and Mexico, culminating in a major solo show of forty images presented by the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, The Mexican Museum of Fine Art, Chicago and at McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg Ontario, in 2004.
I have had several other exhibitions, the last one featuring this work in Warsaw, Poland. Most recently I have done a project of black and white images of street art, which feature a mixed-media application, and have had exhibitions in Ottawa. I continue to do travel photography and to sell my work in limited edition series.