Jed Irwin is an eclectic individual who has been a professor
in the Art Department, U. of
C. since 1984. He was born in New York in 1941 and attended American universities in
Rochester and the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia where he received his B.F.A. He attained his
M.F.A. in 1966 from Mills College, Oakland California. He was the Artist in Residence at Fes,
Morocco in 1968, Leighton Artists Colony, Banff in 1987 and The Academy of Fine Arts,
Istanbul, Turkey in1991.
Irwin has been an Art Curator at the Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane from 1966-67 and at the
Dunlop Gallery, Regina from1969- 70. He moved to British Columbia in 1970 where he farmed,
worked in construction and was active in the art community. In 1978 Vancouver selected Jed
Irwin to create art works for the City's art collection. He was an art teacher and professor in
Vancouver and Nelson prior to coming to Calgary.
Jed Irwin's paintings have been shown in galleries in western Canada and the U.S.A.;
New York and Indianapolis, the Czech Republic and Istanbul. His work is represented in
Corporate collections in Canada and Turkey, in Canadian provincial, civic and museum
collections and internationally in museums in Istanbul and the Czech Republic. The Canada
Council Art Bank and Alberta Art Foundation have some of Jed Irwin's paintings.
Jed Irwin has traveled extensively. He has a fascination and passion for Oriental rugs. He was a founding member of the Calgary Rug and Textile Club. He curated a "Rugs as Art" exhibition at the Nickle in 1994 and teaches Introductory Carpet Studies courses. He also operates an antique oriental carpet and textile business in Calgary.
Illustration: Red Fence, 1992-94