Rody Kenny Hammond Courtice
1891 - 1973
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Rody Kenny Hammond Courtice was born in 1891. She was one of the first women to study at the Ontario College of Art with Arthur Lismer from 1920-1924, and won a scholarship each year. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago in 1927, where she studied puppetry and stagecraft with Tony Sarg. She continued her studies in New York, London and Paris. In 1950 she attended Hans Hofmann’s summer school in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She worked as the librarian at the Ontario College of Art from 1925-1926 and as Assistant Instructor to Arthur Lismer for Childrens’ Classes for ten years. She was also Assistant Instructor to J.W. Beatty at Port Hope Summer School. She taught at the Doon School of Art and at the Teachers Summer Course with John Alford.
Courtice exhibited at the Tate Gallery in London, in Brazil, in New York City at the World’s Fair in 1939, at the Riverside Museum, at the American-British Gallery in New York and at Victoria College, Toronto, where she had a solo show in 1951. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, the Ontario Society of Artists, the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, the Canadian Society of Graphic Art, the Heliconian Society, and the Federation of Canadian Artists.