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BERNICE SORGE

Printmaker Bernice Sorge, whose works have been exhibited at the Museum of Civilisations of Canada (2001-2003) and around the world, was recognized by the New York Times for her botanical prints of wild flora of the Brome-Missisquoi region. She won first prize in the Pan-Canadian Biennale in printmaking as well as the Innovation Prize and Public Choice Award in printmaking in exhibitions of Canadian printmakers.Dunham Dollars is a project conceptualized and designed by Bernice for the 150th anniversary of the village of Dunham. Bernice, her husband, Yvon, and three boys have been Dunham residents for 40-years.

Photo Credit James Rosen
Photo Credit James Rosen
Photo Credit James Rosen

Education

  • M.A, Concordia University, Montreal, Qc.
  • BFA with Distinction, Concordia University, Montréal, Qc.
  • Silkscreen on fabric, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, N. S.
  • B.Ed: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B. C.
  • B. SC., Psychology, Biology, Acadia University, Wolfville, N.S.

Galleries

  • Jean-Claude Bergeron Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Open Studio Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Galerie Namy-Caulier, Paris, France
  • Galerie Rouge-art contemporain, Cowansville, QC., Canada
  • Galerie Agora, Chelsea, NYC, USA

Collections (selected list)

  • Cirque de Soleil
  • Loto Québec
  • Concordia University
  • Ernst and Young Canada
  • Pratt & Whitney, Canada
  • Canadian Development Bank
  • Bibliothèque nationale du Québec; Canadian National Library
  • White Mountain Academy of the Arts, Elliott Lake, Ontario
  • Brier Crest Family of Schools, Caronport, Saskatchewan
  • Collection: Father Dan Donovan, St. Michael’s College, Toronto
  • Private Collections: Asia, Europe, USA, Mexico, Syria et Canada.

Awards / Grants

  • 2010 Residency grant-Montreal, ELAN with support of Canada Council2006 Public Choice Award, NSP, Acadia Univesity Gallery, N. S.
  • 2004 Innovation Prize, Nova Scotia Print Council, St. Francis Xavier University Gallery, N. S.
  • 1999 Prize of Excellence in the Art and Culture category, Cowansville and Region Chamber of Commerce
  • 1993 First Prize of Excellence of L’exposition pan canadienne l’art et le papier I, Jean-Claude Bergeron Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1992 Second Prize, Painting, Contemporary Art Category, Ville de Varennes, Varennes, Québec
  • 1993 Bursary, Banque nationale du Canada, solo exhibition, galerie Jean-Claude-Bergeron (Biennial, Art et Papier)
  • 1992 Support Grant for Long Term Artistic Practice (painting), Ministère des affaires culturelles du Québec
  • 1988-94 Equipment and Operating Grant for Estampille Studio-President and member, Ministère des affaires culturelles du Québec

Selected Solo Exhibits (juried or by invitation)

  • 2015 Flower Heads: Impressions of a Fragile Nature, Galerie Jean-Claude Bergeron, Ottawa, Ont.
  • 2015 Paintings; Series of the Pinnacle Mountain- 1994, Missisquoi Museum, Stanbridge East, Qc.
  • 2014 Impressions of a Fragile Nature, Original Prints, Galerie Arts Sutton, Sutton, Qc
  • 2012 Peintures récentes, Invited artist, CoopsArto, St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec
  • 2010 Where is Here, The Urban Trace: Galerie d’art contemporain Visual Voice, Residency exhibit, Belgo Building, Montreal, QC
  • 2010 Artist’s talk, Where is Here? The Creative Process and New Technology, McClure Gallery, Montréal
  • 2009 The Song in the Frame, galerie d’art Jean-Claude-Bergeron, Ottawa
  • 2010 Peinture récentes: Galerie Rouge, art contemporain, Cowansville, QC
  • 2008 Unveiling The Bra. Open Studio Print Sales Gallery, Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche Toronto, Ont.
  • 2007 Scale of the Wind, Invited artist and co-curator of exhibition, Twelve architects and one artist explore the theme, Galerie Design, Frelighsburg, Quebec.
  • 2006 Scale. Galerie Design, Frelighsburg, Québec. Joint exhibition: Bernice Sorge original prints, Eden Muir, architecture.
  • Canada Days Celebration, Invited artist: Canadian Embassy Damascus, and the Minister of Culture of Syria Theme: Citizenship
  • 2006 Galerie Fateh Moudaries, Damas, Syrie,
  • 2006 Galerie Al-assaad, Alep, Syrie. et Duo: Bernice Sorge, Canada and Saad Yagan, Syrie
  • 2006 Artist’s talk: Le processus créatif ,Introduction à la thérapie par l´art Conférence: Psychiatric Hospital, Aleppo, Syria
  • 2005 Bernice Lutfie Sorge: Connections Exposed. Retrospective of Paintings and Prints. Original Cliché Satellite Gallery, Toronto
  • 2005 The Swimmers,Estampes originales,Original Cliché Gallery, Montréal, QC
  • 2001 Genus Folia,New Works, Jean-Claude Bergeron Gallery, Ottawa
  • 1996 Fragile Repetitions, Bishops University Gallery, Lennoxville, Québec
  • 1993 Never-ending Paintings, Arts Sutton Gallery, Sutton, Québec
  • Vestigia Pedis, First Prize solo, Jean-Claude Bergeron Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1986 Paintings after Mexico, Portraits, Les Évènements du Hall, Court House, Granby, Québec
  • 1980 Ten Years of Work, Arts Sutton Gallery, Sutton, Québec

Selected Group Exhibits (juried or by invitation)

  • 2015 T20, Excelsior Building, Paintings, Bedford, Qc
  • 2015 Fabric-Fabrique, Encreguenille-Inkrag: Members and students of Studio Sorge, Dunham Public Library, Dunham, Qc.
  • 2012 Beyond Borders: An Exhibition of Fine Art from Canada, Agora Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • 2012 Rebirth:Reflections for Japan, Post 3/11, Images et poeme de Bernice Sorge, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2011 Salon des Membres, Art imprimé, Galerie Circulaire, Montréal
  • 2011 The Snowflake Ball, Charity art work donation, Hilton Lac-Leamy, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 2011 Jaune, Galerie Rouge, art contemporain, Cowansville, Qc
  • 2010 Gravure en estrie, 15 invited artists, Musée Beaulne, Coaticook, QC
  • 2010 Disconnection Imminent, International Digital Miniprint Exhibition, Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle, Ottawa, Ont.
  • 2010 Bleu, Galerie Rouge, Cowansville, Qc.
  • 2009 La Trace de la ligne, Quatres artistes saluent Betty Goodwin, galerie Rouge, art contemporain, Cowansville, QC
  • 2008 Invited Artist, Art for AIDS Orphans. The Nelson Mandela Childrens’ Fund. Drake Hotel, Toronto
  • 2007 Salon international de l’estampe originale.Paris, France. avec galerie Jean-Claude Bergeron, Ottawa
  • 2006 Estampes canadiennes contemporaines. Galerie Michèle Broutta, Paris et Galerie Quadrige, Nice, France.
  • Art for AIDS. By invitation, for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Heat. Exhibition on the theme of global warming. Curator, Sorge Studio, Dunham, Québec.
  • Nova Scotia Printmakers Exhibition. Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Mois de l’art imprimé (ARPRIM). Exchange France-Canada. Jean-Claude Bergeron Gallery, Ottawa
  • International Contemporary Art Fair, Strasbourg, France.
  • 2005 International Contemporary Art Fair, Strasbourg, France
  • Shadow Dialogue, curator,Exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Sorge Studio, Dunham
  • 2004 Forum canadien sur l’entreprise de la culture, Cité des sciences de la Villette, Paris, France
  • Art Matters, Homecoming Arts Festival, Concordia University, Montréal
  • 2003 Nova Scotia Printmakers, Saint Francis Xavier University Art Gallery, Antigonish, Nova Scotia (winner: InnovationPrize)
  • 2001-2003 Lands Within Me/Ces pays qui m’habitent, Canadian Museum of Civilizations, Hull, Québec,
  • 2003 Salon international de l’estampe originale de Paris, Paris, France
  • Alumni Exhibition, VAV Gallery, Concordia University, Montréal
  • 2002 Group Exhibition, Musée d’art de Saint-Laurent, Saint-Laurent, Québec
  • 2002 10 x 10 x 10 x 10, Artist Book, 10 invited artists, Jean-Claude Bergeron Gallery, Ottawa
  • Bonheur d’été, Invited artist,Uplands Cultural Center, Lennoxville, Québec
  • 2001 Innovation on Paper, Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
  • 2000 Viva, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby, Ontario
  • Célébrations, Album d’estampes, Octon, France
  • Les Femmeuses, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Longueuil, Québec
  • Estampes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, Festival Orford 2000, Loto Québec Collection, Orford, Québec
  • 1999 Group Exhibition, Loto Québec Gallery, Montréal, Québec. Proceeds to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind
  • Célébrations, Espace Riquet, Béziers, France
  • Viva et célébrations, Centre des arts de Shawinigan, Shawinigan, Québec
  • Collection Loto Québec: 21 artists, Maison des arts et de la culture, Loto Québec and Oerlikon Aerospace, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec
  • Pratt & Whitney’s Perspectives 99, Living Arts Center, Mississauga, Ontario
  • Les Femmeuses, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Longueuil, Québec
  • Le mois de l’estampe, Ambassade du Canada, Paris, France
  • Invivo et célébrations, Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, Montréal, Québec
  • 1998 Contemporary Québec Prints, Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo, Tenmaya-al Park Gallery, Hiroshima, Japan
  • The Printed Word, Dominion Gallery, Harrison Gallery, Montréal, Québec (by invitation)
  • Impressions 1,2,3,50 years of printmaking in Québec, Arts Sutton Gallery, Sutton, Québec (invited artist)
  • Creation of a Legend and of a Woodcut (240x120cm), Sutton, Québec (invited artist, public production of a print and legend for Lake Mohawk)
  • Viva, 20 ans du Conseil québécois de l’estampe et Célébrations, Maison de la culture Notre-dame-de-grâce, Montréal, Québec, Musée d’art du Mont Saint-Hilaire, Bibliothèque Gabrielle Roy, Université du Québec à Trois Rivières
  • Biennial Exhibition: L’art et le papier, Jean-Claude Bergeron Gallery, Ottawa
  • 1997 La parole imprimée, Salle du Gésu, Montréal, Québec, Centre culturel franco-manitobain, Saint-Boniface, Manitoba
  • 1997 Montreal Print Collectors, New York Graphic Arts Council, Krasdale Gallery, New York, N.Y.
  • Monochrome Plus, Exposition du Conseil Québécois de l’estampe,Moulin de Charlesbourg, Québec, Maison des Arts, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec
  • La gravure contemporaine d’ici, Centre des arts contemporains du Québec à Montréal
  • 1996 Petits formats, Exposition du Conseil Québécois de l’estampe, Strathearn Intercultural Center, Montréal, Québec
  • International Biennial of Miniature Art, Ville-Marie, Québec, O’Keefe Center, Toronto, Ontario
  • Monochrome Plus, Exposition du Conseil Québécois de l’estampe, Jean-Claude Bergeron Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1995 Réalisme contemporain, Sodarco Gallery, Montréal, Québec (by invitation)
  • 1994 Épreuves uniques 1/1, Maison de la culture Notre-dame-de-grâce, Montréal, Québec
  • L’art au temps présent, Bishops University Art Gallery, Lennoxville, Québec
  • Icons, Exhibition of the members of Estampille print studio, Arts Sutton Gallery, Sutton, Québec
  • 1993 L’art et le papier 93, Jean-Claude Bergeron Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Singulier pluriel, Exposition du quinzième anniversaire du Conseil Québécoisde l’estampe, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montréal
  • Exposition des membres de l’estampille, Atelier circulaire, Montréal,
  • Art in the Present Tense, Bishops University Artist Center, Lennoxville, Qc
  • 1992 Le Nouveau Monde, painting, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, 350 anniversary of the City of Montréal, Montréal, Québec
  • Miniature Art Show, Nova Scotia Printmakers,Lyghtsome Gallery, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
  • Salon d’art de l’Estrie, Bishops University, Musée des beaux arts de Sherbrooke, Conseil de la culture de l’Estrie, Orford, Québec
  • Expo-art, Ville de Verdun et SIDAC Wellington, Verdun, Québec
  • 250 peintres québécois, Ville de Varennes, Varennes, Québec
  • Etchings, Exhibition of the Conseil Québécois de l’estampe, Victoria Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • Paintings and Prints 92, Estampille Studio, Dunham, Québec and Arts Sutton Gallery, Sutton, Québec
  • 1990-91 En dix ans l’an 2000, Maisons de la culture, Montréal
  • Woman’s Friend, International Exhibition, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec
  • Pluralité Québec 90, Travelling Exhibition of the Conseil de la peinture du Québec
  • 1989 Fourth International Miniature Print Exhibition, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • Situation critique et le lunch à la khazoum, sculptures of found objects, Pink Gallery, Montréal, Québec
  • Monotype Exhibition, Cornwall Art Gallery, Cornwall, Ontario
  • 1988 Exposition petits formats, Centre culturel de Chateauguay, Québec
  • Self portrait, print competititon 88, Moncton, Nouveau Brunswick, Papineau, Laval, Gatineau, Ville Lasalle, Saint-Jean d’Iberville, Shawinigan, Bibliothèque Gabrielle Roy, Québec, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montréal
  • Marcel Duchamp: Eros, c’est la vie, Galerie d’art du collège Édouard Monpetit, Longueuil, Québec (sculpture of found objects)
  • Saga 88, Estampes québécoises, stand du Conseil Québécois de l’estampe, Grand Palais, Paris
  • 1986 The Phoenix and the Turtle, trio exhibition, Andrew Calixte Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1985 The Last Female Statement, Arts Sutton Gallery, Sutton, Québec
  • Le centenaire des femmes à McGill, Studio Graphia, Montréal, Québec
  • 1984 Appel à l’humanité, Oboro Gallery and Concordia University, Montréal, Québec (mural)
  • Victims of Change, Galerie Oboro Gallery, Montréal, Québec (drawings, lithography, installation and poetry)
  • 1983 Eight Québec Artists, Ottawa City Hall, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1980 Colour Xerography, Powerhouse Gallery, Montréal, Québec

Memberships & Involvements

  • Conseil Québécois de l’estampe, Member of the Board of Directors, 1995-1997
  • Nova Scotia Printmakers Association, member
  • Estampille, Print making studio, Dunham, Québec, President 1987-1994
  • Founder and Director of the Missisquoi Art Center: Theater and fine arts for children, Dunham, Québec
  • Founder and President of Estampille, print making studio, Dunham, Québec
  • Jury member for the Conseil Québécois de l’estampe, Montréal; galerie Boreart, Granby, Québec, etc.
  • ARPRIM
  • Atelier Circulaire: Membre professionelle

Bibliography

  • Canal Evasion, video entrevue à Studio Sorge, 2011
  • Tourisme Les cantons de l’est, video de Sorge en studio, 2012
  • TVHR9.com, Télévision du Haut-Richelieu, entrevue, mai, 2012
  • Carnet des arts avec Maika desnoyers, Elodie Deroches et Bernice Sorge
  • Journal Le Canada Francais, Week-end- Le jeudi 26 avril, 2012, Une artiste de renomée chez art(o)
  • Communing with the City, 23/06/2010 Lori Callaghan, Roverarts.com
  • Rover Arts-2010
  • Visualvoicegalleryartblog, 2010 JK Grande, art critic
  • ratsdeville, 11/06/2010
  • CFLX-FM 95,5 » Musée Beaulne de Coaticook
  • Vie des Arts, éte, 2009, 2010
  • Art Allsorts: Writings on Art and Artists, John Grande, Random Tree Editions-Go If press, 2008. P. 63
  • Catalogue: The Donovan Collection by D. Donovan, 2010, P. 95, University St. Michael’s College, Toronto
  • Arts for Aids Orphans, The Nelson Mandela Children‛s Fund (Canada), 2008, The Drake Hotel,Toronto
  • Arts for Aids Orphans, The Nelson Mandela Children‛s Fund (Canada), 2006, Elliott
  • Louise Gallery, Vancouver, B. C.,
  • 2004 Taproot III , Illustrations and front cover for a journal of poetry, prose and images from the Eastern Townships. Townshippers
  • 2003 More Than Meets the Eye, original prints for film, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Ascent Magazine, images and interview Diamonds in the Making: Women’s Peace
  • Les Femmeuses, 15iéme Anniversaire, 2001, Catalogue: Pratt &Whitney Canada, p.82.
  • The Lands Within Me, Expressions by Canadian Artists of Arab Origin, 2001-2003,
  • Vie des Arts, 2001
  • Vie des Arts, 2003
  • Le Droit, Ottawa, 2001
  • The Ottawa Sun, 1993, 2001
  • Catalogue,p. 9, p.78-79, p.129. Musée des civilisations du Canada, Hull, Québec.
  • ARC, Architecture Québec, 131, 2005, P. 12.2000 Original prints for the film Exit Wounds
  • 2000 La Route des Arts, ten minute film on the artist, Télé Québec and Canal évasion
  • Les Femmeuses, 1999, Catalogue: Pratt & Whitney, P. 61
  • 1999 The Record, Happy, Healthy and Aging, Helping the elderly communicate by Bernice Sorge
  • Québec: Cat. Exposition d’Estampes Contemporaines du Québec au Japon, 1998. P.32
  • Répertoire des Estampiers, CQE, 1997. P.3, P. 207
  • Printmakers from Montreal, NYC Graphic Arts Council, Krasdale Corporate Gallery, 1997. Cover, P. 4.
  • 1997 New York Times, A Tribute to County Artists and to Canadian Printmakers, July 27, p.14. Photo of Artium Lappa by B. Sorge, commentary by Vivian Raynor
  • Le Sabord, Revue d’art, hiver 1997, center page chosen for the cover of the catalogue of the CQE entitled La parole imprimée
  • The Globe and Mail, fall preview p. 6, Artium Lappa
  • Printmaker repertoire, CQE
  • 1996 Drawings and scenes for the film Ithaque by P. Katrapani, Montréal
  • 1994 Les arts contemporains au Québec: les années 90. Montréal, Société générale d’Édition, p. 77
  • Le Nouveau Monde, 400iéme Anniversaire de la Ville de Montréal, 1992, p. 32
  • Woman’s Friend, 1990, VAV Gallery, Centre des Femmes Université Concordia.
  • Pluralité 90, CPQ, 1990, Intoduction et page de l’artiste.
  • 1990 L’estampe originale au Québec 1980-1990. Montréal: Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, pp. 55 &181
  • La Parole Imprimée, Catalogue d’exposition en coll. avec la Revue d’art d’art, le Sabord. Centrefold image.
  • Dans Dix l’ An 2000, Vivre Montreal, 1990.
  • 1990 Monochrome Plus: Catalogue pour Exposition Annuelle du CQE, P. 24.
  • Livre bicentenaire de la Ville de Dunham, page dévouée à l’artiste
  • Ellipse, vol. 43, illustrations for the poetry of Robyn Sarah. Université de Sherbrooke et Conseil des arts du Canada

Other

  • 2010: Video: Rhubarb Dance, performed and filmed by the artist, Solo Galerie Rouge, Cowansville, Qc
  • 1995 Accidents of stroke and colour: How I Became a Painter, Reading by Bernice Sorge, Sutton, Qc
  • 1994 Readings from the Artist’s Sketchbook, AubergeGlen Sutton, Québec
  • 1993 Women and War, improvisations and stage drawings, Performing Arts Centre, Sutton, Qc
  • 1985 Under the Nuclear Shadow, performance exhibition, Arts Sutton Gallery, Sutton, Québec
  • 1982-1986 Founder and Director: Centre D’art Missisquoi, Theatre pour enfants
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