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Item Name: Ceramic
Title: Bill McCargar
Maker: Joe Fafard
Year: 1974
Country: Canadian
Materials: Earthenware, glaze, acrylic, lustre
Measurements: overall: 40.6 cm x 38.1 cm x 26.4 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.12

Extended Label Info: Internationally renowned sculptor Joe Fafard made this clay portrait of folk-artist Bill McCargar as part of a series on artists who inspired him. Now part of Regina Public Library’s permanent collection, this sculpture was exhibited at Dunlop Art Gallery in Cows and Other Luminaries. The subject is of William McCargar (1906 – 1980) who grew up in Moose Jaw and worked in many prairie towns as a station agent for Canadian Pacific Railway, and later in life, began painting. Folk artists such as McCargar received support and recognition from the Saskatchewan arts community and inspired a generation of artists, including David Thauberger, Joe Fafard, Donna Kreikle and Vic Cicansky. These artists rmade art rooted in the personal, and often included narrative, and humour. Joseph Hector Yvon Fafard (1942 – 2019) was born in the French-Canadian community of Ste. Marthe, SK. He earned his BFA from the University of Manitoba (1966), MFA at Pennsylvania State University (1968), and taught sculpture at the University of Regina until 1974. In 1985, Fafard opened Julienne Atelier Inc., a bronze foundry in Pense, SK. Joe Fafard has exhibited his work internationally, and received many honours: Officer of the Order of Canada (1981); Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Award (1987); honorary degrees from the University of Regina (1989), University of Manitoba (2007) and University of Saskatchewan (2012); Saskatchewan Order of Merit (2002); National Prix Montfort (2003); Lieutenant Governor’s Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for the Arts (2005); CTV Citizen of the Year (2006); and the Saskatchewan Arts Board Lifetime Achievement Award (2007). His work is held in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Canada.