Elizabeth Wyn Wood

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Elizabeth Wyn Wood
Born October 8, 1903
Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Died January 27, 1966
Willowdale, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Education Ontario College of Art & Art Students League of New York.
Known for Sculpture
Movement Art Deco

Elizabeth Wyn Wood (October 8, 1903 - January 27, 1966) was a Canadian sculptor. A notable figure in Canadian sculpture, she is primarily known for her modernist interpretation of the Canadian landscape in her works.

Wood studied sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and at the Art Students League of New York. Among her major public works are the Welland-Crowland War Memorial in Chippawa Park, Welland, Ontario, dedicated in 1939, and the 1962 bas-relief sculptures at Ryerson University in Toronto.

She studied under, and in 1926 married, Emanuel Hahn. Together with Alfred Laliberté, Frances Loring, Florence Wyle and Henri Hébert, Wyn-Wood was a founding member of the Sculptors' Society of Canada. In 1945, she was a founding member of the Canadian Arts Council (renamed the Canadian Conference of the Arts in 1958). As a Council member, she served as Organizing Secretary (1944–45), Chair of the International Relations Committee (1945–48), and Vice President (1945–48).[1] As Chair, Foreign Relations Committee, she participated in the organization of, and wrote the catalogue foreword for, an exhibition of 74 artists entitled "Canadian Women Artists" at the Riverside Museum, New York, N.Y. (April 27-May 18, 1947).[2]

She was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.[3] She was inducted into the Orillia Hall of Fame in 1966.

The Welland Crowland War Memorial designed by Elizabeth Wyn Wood, features 2 heroic figures, Man the Defender and Woman the Giver, set against the Canadian landscape. Planned as part of a regional beautification plan for the lands along the Welland Canal, the memorial was intended to be visible and intelligible to passengers on passing boats. The Welland Crowland War Memorial was unveiled on 2 September 1939.[4]



  1. ^ "Elizabeth Wyn Wood". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Elizabeth, Wyn Wood (April 27, 1947). "Canadian Women Artists". Canadian Women Artists. New York, NY, USA: Riverside Museum. Exhibition Catalogue: 4. 
  3. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0009128 Canadian Encyclopedia Monuments, World Wars I and II

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