Canadian-born Tracy Templeton was raised in southern Saskatchewan on a small grain farm. Much of her early work chronicled the abandoned rural homesteads that characterize the prairie. Templeton’s recent images capture the subtle changes wrought by time, the unremarkable gaps between events, and what is left at the end. Memories reemerge as evocative fragments of actuality in the present and invite reflection on the past. Without succumbing to nostalgia or sentiment, remembering, observing, and creating become part of the active production of her work. And through the process of her printmaking, she asks the question common to any journey: “From here to where?”
Templeton became the head of printmaking at Indiana University in 2013. Previously, she taught at Southern Oregon University, the University of Alberta, the University of Regina, and Illinois State University. Her work has been widely exhibited across the United States and throughout the world, including more than 100 exhibitions in Canada, Mexico, England, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, China, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea. Templeton has won Honorary Mention at the Seoul Print Biennial and third place in the Great Canadian Printmaking Competition as well as being awarded numerous artist grants.
Specializing in photographic etching, she has lectured extensively on the technique and her artwork at such institutions as Warsaw Academy of Art in Poland; Anchor Graphics, Chicago; Black Hills State University, South Dakota; Kansas City Art Institute; and Lane Community College in Oregon. Templeton earned her M.F.A. from the University of Alberta and her B.F.A. from the University of Regina, where she graduated with distinction and The Riddell Award in Fine Arts. Her prints appear in approximately thirty different collections worldwide, and her work has been published in nearly fifty different books, magazines, catalogs, and journals.