Michael Christopher Lawlor


Magic Lantern Slide Show Lectures

CPR Magic Lantern Slides: 1885—1930
  • Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ont.
  • Kamloops Museum, Kamloops, BC.
  • Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC.
  • The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ont.
  • O'Keefe Ranch Museum, Vernon, BC.
  • Revelstoke Railway Museum, (Nickelodeon Museum Theatre) Revelstoke, BC.
  • Simon Fraser University Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
The Canadian Alps:
a cross-Canada travelogue originally prepared by Surrick Lincoln of Philadelphia in 1904
  • Nickelodeon Museum, Revelstoke, BC, August 16th, 17th. 2008. (With Revelstoke Railway Museum.)

Promoting Canada: Canadian Magic Lantern Slide Lectures in the early 20th Century.

  • Magic Lantern Society of the United States and Canada, Washington, D.C. Conference, July 13th to 19th, 2008.
Mountain National Parks of Canada
  • Friends of Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier. Revelstoke Community Centre, Thursday, April 17th, 2008.
The Canadian Alps:
a cross-Canada travelogue originally prepared by Surrick Lincoln of Philadelphia in 1904.
  • Studio Gallery at 154 E Hastings, Vancouver, B.C.

  • Magic Lantern Society of the United States and Canada, Seattle, WA.
  • Burke Museum, Seattle, WA.
  • Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alta.
  • Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon, Sask.
  • Gallerie d'Art de l'Universite de Moncton, Moncton, N.B.
  • Photo Base Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.




  • Prints from CPR Magic lantern Slides: 1885-1930,
  • Burnaby Village Museum, May 1st to August 31st, 2011.
  • Prints from CPR Magic lantern Slides: 1885-1930,
  • Maritime Museum of BC, Nov. 4th 2010 to March 20, 2011, Windsor, Ont.Apr. 17 to July 10th, 2010.
  • Prints from CPR Magic lantern Slides: 1885-1930,
  • Windsor Art Gallery, Windsor, Ont.Apr. 17 to July 10th, 2010.
  • MSA Museum, Abbotsford, BC. Aug. 2nd to Oct. 1st, 2010.
  • Prints from CPR Magic lantern Slides: 1885-1930,
  • Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC. June 6th to August 16th. 2009.
  • The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ont. Sept. 12th to Nov. 8th, 2009.
  • Prints from CPR Magic lantern Slides: 1885-1930, Kamloops Museum, Kamloops, BC. Dec 21, 2008 to May 16, 2009.
  • Prints from CPR Magic lantern Slides: 1885-1930,
  • O'Keeke Ranch Museum, Vernon, BC. May 25th to July 10th, 2008.
  • Revelstoke Railway Museum, Revelstoke, BC. July 21st to September 1st, 2008.
  • Musee Heritage Museum, St. Albert. Alta. Sept. 15th to Dec. 8th, 2008.
  • Prints from CPR Magic lantern Slides: 1885-1930, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, B.C. June 28 to August 3, 2007.
  • Homes, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, B.C.
  • LED ME SEE, Access Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
  • La Paysage, Le Jardin, La Cousine, 3 Installations, Galerie d'art de    l'Universitie de Moncton, Moncton, N.B.
  • KITCHEN, renovations, Great George Gallery, P.E.I.
  • Bright Flight, VU Gallery, Quebec, Que.
  • Sugar/Sucre & Bright Flight Prep., University of New Brunswick Art Centre, Fredericton, NB.
  • Cuisine, UNB Saint John, New Gallery, Saint John, N.B.
  • KITCHEN, with Ghosts, installation; Art Centre, UNB.
  • KITCHEN 87, photographic enclosure; OR Gallery, Vancouver.
  • LED ME SEE; part 1 of trilogy; Other Gallery, Banff.
  • KITCHEN, installation; Photographers' Gallery, Saskatoon.
  • KITCHEN, installation; Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax.
  • A Show of Hands; Bruhanksi Theatre Gallery, Vancouver.
  • Maskless; Bruhanski Theatre Gallery
  • Territorial Rites; Waterfront Theatre Gallery, Vancouver.




  • Psychoanalyze That; Hasty Hawk Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Homeless, Alley Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
  • Sex Show, Alley Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • New Brunswick Art Bank Acquisitions, Gallerie d'art de l'université de Moncton, and toured New Brunswick.
  • Active Process: Artists' Books, organized with 28 artists' bookworks by Erich Ranfft for Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver. Toured to Victoria, Saskatoon, Calgary, Fredericton, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Sherbrook. Designed catalogue.
  • Post Linear Narrative: Phallocentrism, organized for Gallery 44, Toronto, and Optica Gallery, Montreal. Catalogue.
  • The Signed Image, curated by R. Scheuing, J. Roche and P. Landen for the Walter J. Phillips Gallery, Banff.  Catalogue.
  • Heart Breakaway, curated by Manon Blanchette for Walter J. Phillips Gallery. Catalogue.
  • Nudity and Sexuality in Photography, organized by Dazibao Gallery in Montreal, and toured to Galerie Sequence, Jonquiere,Que.
  • Artists and Photographic Installations, curated by David White for Gallery 1708, Richmond, Virginia, and toured to Camera Works Gallery, San Francisco, and CIPA Gallery, Buffalo. Catalogue.


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1994 –1998
Contact/Director, Gallery Sansair, a zero-budget, no profit artist run cupboard, and A Pro Gallery, a street level exhibition window space. Presented about 200 exhibitions and performances in 4 years. All information dispersal was by computer, fax and e-mail. (Budget for postage, and everything else, was zero.)
Director, Struts Gallery, an artist run centre in Sackville, NB. Administration, grant writing, fundraising, public relations, advertising design, and organization of exhibitions, performances, and other events for an active non-profit art centre.
Intern Curator at University of New Brunswick Art Centre. Administration and operation of university art gallery with active exhibition program and 1000 piece fine-art collection.
Assistant Curator at Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia. Worked at all phases of preparing an empty building to be a community resource centre


 Exhibitions Curated

  • New Art Brunswick , survey exhibition of contemporary art in NB, at UNB Art Centre and Gallery Connexion, Fredericton. Independent ; for Gallery Connexion, Fredericton.
  • Burke, Gill, Henderson: Three Sackville Artists, at the Yellow Gallery, Lachine Canal Complex, Montreal, Que. Brochure catalogue, design & writing, published by Struts Gallery Inc.
  • Many Modes, FRANCIS COUTELLIER, Modes variée; major touring exhibition for University of New Brunswick Art Centre. 28p. bilingual catalogue, design & essay.
  • Flying With BATS, UNB Art Centre; touring exhibition of experimental computer art by three Fredericton artists. Brochure catalogue, design & essay.
  • Duane Nickerson, Painting;  UNB Art Centre. One-person exhibition of abstract and assemblage paintings. 12p. catalogue, design & essay.
  • Various Positions, for New Brunswick Craft School. Touring exhibition of photography by N.B. Craft School students.
  •  The Bill C-54  Show, UNB Art Centre. Shrouded exhibition of art works, with didactics, protesting totalitarian nature of proposed Federal Government censorship law. (They passed it, and we are now seeing problems we predicted, such as parents being prosecuted for taking pictures of their children, and artists for dealing visually with child abuse issues.)
  • Social Complex, independent, for Gallery Connexion, Fredericton. Touring exhibition of photographic and  installation work by six socially concerned artists from Vancouver, B.C.  24p. catalogue, design & essay.


Bibliography: about Lawlor


  • Arts Atlantic, #61, Summer; article on Homes, by MCLawlor.
  • Arts Atlantic, #42, Spring; article on installation Landscape, Garden, Kitchen, by Terry Graff
  • ArtsAtlantic, #41, Fall; article on curated show, New Arts Brunswick, by Allen Bentley.
  • ArtsAtlantic, #40, Spring; review of curated show, Bourke, Gill, Henderson, Three Sackville Artists, by Virgil Hammock.
  • ArtsAtlantic, #35, Fall; review of Sugar/Sucre & Bright Flight  by Peter Gross.
  • ArtsAtlantic, #35, Fall; article on curated exhibition Francis Coutellier: Many Modes, by Roslyn Rosenfeld.
  • ArtsAtlantic, #34, Spring/Summer; review of Kitchen, by Christina Sabat.
  • ArtsAtlantic, # 33, Winter; review of Active Process: Artists Books, by Christina Sabat.
  • Parachute, #51, Summer; review of Event Horizons, by Elizabeth Seaton.
  • ArtsAtlantic, #32, Fall; article on The Pornography Bill and the Fredericton Connexion, by Kent Thompson.
  • Vanguard, Dec-Jan 88, review of KITCHEN 87, at OR Gallery, by Peter Culley.
  • Parachute, #49, Winter 88-89, review of Post Linear Narration: Phallocentrism, by Earl Miller.
  • Umbrella, Vol. 10, #2; review of Active Process Catalogue, by Judith A. Hoffberg.
  • Art Papers, Vol. 9, #1, Atlanta, Georgia; review of Artists and Photographic Installations, by M. Kahan.
  • San Francisco CameraWorks Quarterly; KITCHEN installation  featured in Working Large, by J. McMann.




An Active Process: Artists' Books; Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver.

Post-Linear Narration: Phallocentrism; Gallery 44, Toronto.

The Signed Image; Walter J. Phillips Gallery, Banff.
Heart Breakaway; Walter J. Phillips Gallery, Banff.
Artists and Photographic Installations; Gallery 1708, Richmond, Virginia.


1995 The Fiddlehead; Spring. Extract from Maskless, textless b/w photographs.
1987 The Event Horizon, ed. Lorne Falk & Barbara Fischer; Published by Coachhouse Press and the Walter J. Phillips Gallery. 353p.  (Led Me See), Excerpt, from image/text colour photographic work.
1987 19, limited edition (59) publication of short story to go with exhibition of KITCHEN. Pub. Group of Two, Vancouver, BC.
1985 Photography Question Project; 12 p.  booklet; cover text; self-published and distributed across Canada and the U.S.
1981 (SUBBJECT) (PHOTOGRAPH) Notes on being shot.  M.C. Lawlor & G.L.Moore. Group of Two Publications, Vancouver,  B.C.  Cerlux, 33p. 3 editions.

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Writing: by Lawlor


Blackflash, (a quarterly publication of the Photographers' Gallery, Saskatoon.)
  • Fall; review: Death and the Family, group exhibition at Presentation House, North Vancouver.
  • Spring; article; Luis Nadeau, an encyclopedia of photographic techniques.
  • Spring; article; Nomi Kaplan, Brooklyn Illuminations; photographic collage.
  • Fall; article; Randy Bradley, Photographer.
  • #61; feature article, Homes, about Michael Christopher Lawlor.
  • #39; feature article. Fact or Fiction, some points of view in contemporary Nova Scotian photography, an exhibition at the Art Gallery of NS.
  • #38; review, Matthew Mac Kay, American Beauty Rose, paintings and publications exhibit at UNB Art Centre, Fredericton.
  • #38; book review, Dykelands, Photographs by Thaddeus Holownia, Poems by Douglas Lochhead. Pub. McGill-Queens University Press.
  • #37, review; Lani Maestro, installation at Gallery Connexion, Fredericton.
  • #37, review: Atque Ars group exhibition of alumnae and faculty of Mount Allison Univ. at Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, NB
  • #36, article; co-written with Allen Bentley; 5 ans déja/ 5 years later, about exhibition at Galerie d'art, Université de Moncton celebrating fifth anniversary of Gallery Connexion in Fredericton.
  • 1989
    • #35, review; Nancy Moran, Painting, at Galerie d'art, l'Université de Moncton.#35, review; William Forestall, Recent Egg Tempera Painting, Ring Gallery, Saint John.
    • #35, article; D'art et D'argent (A Forum on funding for New Brunswick's Artist-Run Centres), Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton.
    • #34, feature article; Peter Gross: Marysville Portraits, colour photo/text  'documentary.'
    • #33, review; Young Contemporaries; group show at Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton; on tour from London Regional Art Gallery, Hamilton.
    • #32, review; Mark Huff; ceramic sculpture at Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, and GAUM.
    • #32, review; Barbara McQueen; paintings at Atlantic Gallery, Fredericton.
    • Vol.16,#2, Fall. Article, I live in New Brunswick Now.(French Trans.)
    • #47, Summer; review, Camera Works,  group exhibit of contemporary photography at OR Gallery, Vancouver.
    Vanguard Magazine
    • Vol 6, #1; review; Window for Noncommercial Culture; series of installations in a display window.
    • Vol 15, #6; review; Randy Bradley, photography exhibitions at Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, and the Coburg Gallery, Vancouver.
    • Vol 15, #5; review; Lorna Brown, Installations, at Western Front Lodge, Vancouver.

    Writing:  Catalogue Essays

    • Burke, Gill, Henderson: Three Sackville Artists.  Designed publication. Published by Struts Gallery Inc., Sackville, NB
    • Many Modes, Francis Coutellier, Modes variée, 3000 words. Designed catalogue. Published by University of New Brunswick Art Centre, Fredericton, NB.
    • Social Complex, 2000 words. Designed catalogue. Published by Gallery Connexion, Fredericton.
    • Duane Nickerson, Paintings. Designed catalogue. Published by UNB Art Centre.


    1989 English editor for Encyclopedia of Printing, Photographic, and Photomechanical Processes, by Luis Nadeau. Two volume version published by Atelier Luis Nadeau; Fredericton, NB, 1989. One volume edition, 1995.

    Education: Formal


    Banff Centre for fine Arts, Banff

    Studio Fine Arts Residency for Visual Artists


    Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Studio Major, 1983

    Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS


    Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC


    • Canada Council Project and Travel Grant in Photography
    • British Columbia Cultural Department Creations Grant
    • New Brunswick Arts Branch Creations Grant
    • New Brunswick Arts Branch Exhibition Assistance
    • Canada Council Travel Grant (declined)

    Public Collections

    1993 Galerie d'art de l'Université de Moncton
    1992 Canada Council Art Bank
    1990, 1992 New Brunswick Art Bank
    1989 University Of new Brunswick Fine Art Collection


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    Employment History:

    Work in Film Industry: Paint Coordinator. Scenic Painter, Set Painter, Plasterer, Spray Painter, Wallpaperer.   
    Director, Struts Gallery Inc., 5 West Main Street, Sackville, NB., E0A 3C0. Tel: (506) 536-1211. Struts is a non-profit, artist run centre in Sackville, NB.
    Training Co-ordinator, Association Museums New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB.
    Intern Curator, University of New Brunswick Art Centre, Fredericton, NB.
    Sculpture Technician, (PT), Banff Centre School of Fine Art, Banff, Alta.
    Graphic Designer, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Anadromous Fish Section, Halifax, NS.
    Assistant Curator, Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, P.O.Box 2128 East, Dartmouth, NS.
    Darkroom Technician, (PT), Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, 5163 Duke Street, Halifax, NS.
    Plant Foreman, Supervisor, Deville Brass, 427 5th Ave, Vancouver, BC.
    Publicist, Photographer, Bruhanski Theatre School and Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
    Information Director, Actors' Workshop, Vancouver, BC.
    Field Research Assistant, Cancer Research Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
    Industrial First Aid Attendant, Morrison Wire and Steel, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC.
    Welding Trainee, Wilson Truck, Ltd., Vancouver, BC.
    Journeyman Sheet Metal Mechanic, Western Lighting Fixture Co. Ltd. Vancouver, BC.
    Driveway Salesman, Haultain Esso, Saskatoon, Sask.
    Mechanic's Helper, Duval Potash Mine Site, Duval, Sask.
    Sheet Metal Fabricator, Western Lighting Fixture Co. Ltd., Vancouver, BC.

    Employment Record: Motion Pictures

    Work in Movie Industry: Scenic Painter, Set Painter, Plasterer, Spray Painter, Wallpaperer. Day calls on John Doe, Real World, Saint Sinner, X Men, Butterfly Effect, Peacemaker, Dead Like Me, Earthlings, Agent Cody Banks, Lizzie McGuire, Twilight Zone, John Doe, Traffic, LALA Wood, Chris Isaacs Show, Alaska, L Word, Andromeda, Scary Movie III, 10.5, Blade III, Kingdom Hospital, The Chronicles of Riddick, Still Life, Touching Evil, The 4400, Sudbury, Elektra.
    Paint Coordinator on Stark Raving Mad, feature film for Stark Raving Productions.
    Paint Coordinator for Til Dad Do Us Part, a MOW for BEI Productions. Ltd.
    Paint Coordinator for Suddenly Naked, a feature film for Show and Tell Productions.
    Paint Coordinator for Black River, a MOW for Dogwood Productions.
    Paint Coordinator on Magicians House, a mini-series for BBC and CTV. A Forefront production.
    Paint Coordinator on The Immortals.
    Paint Coordinator  on First Wave, a sci/fi TV series produced by Larry Sugar.  Since the main character is a fugitive, new sets and locations had to be prepared every seven working days.
    Paint Coordinator for Fear of Flying.  by Angel Productions Inc.  This Movie of the Week was shot in 35mm and I was responsible for all aspects of painting  sets, which included the interior cabin of a Boeing 747, the cargo bay, a flight simulator set in a classroom, and an air traffic control tower.
    Paint Coordinator for TV series Dead Man's Gun, a Larry Sugar Production. Responsible for all aspects of painting, interior and exterior, of two western towns situated in Maple Ridge, BC. (am an expert at painting houses in the rain) and studio sets. Techniques for this 1860-1890 set included faux wood floors, wood-grain wainscoting and trims; extensive wallpapering, often with antique period wallpaper; airless spray painting; metallic finishes for grills and jail bars; finishing vacu-form stones, bricks and metal panels; use of lift devices; and aging.
    Paint Coordinator for TV pilot Too Weird (re-named "So Weird" for the series). A Larry Sugar  Production.
    Paint Coordinator, Cold Squad. Television series, an Alliance Production. Responsible for all aspects of painting  sets for a television series; supplying equipment; purchasing supplies; hiring appropriately qualified personnel; scheduling and meeting deadlines. Painting techniques included fake wood floor on cement, fake terrazzo on cement, fake cement floor on wood, textured thick paint finishes on walls, straight wall rolling, fake cement finishes, fake stone wall finishes; metal finishes; and aging. Sets included a police station with squad room, office, interrogation and observation rooms, and evidence locker; a forensics laboratory; an office and file room in the police station basement; a Chinese restaurant; jail cells; bedrooms; a motel room set; various swing sets;  on location work  included a rapid erase burnout of a Chinese restaurant door.

    Scenic Painter, Crew, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. Television series, a Shavick Production.

    Scenic Painter, Breaker High. Television series about a high school on a cruise ship. A Shavick production.
    Scenic Painter, Dogs Best Friend a Shavick Production. Painted a farmhouse and an aged barn during snowstorms. Also house interiors, real and sets, horse barns, vegetable display furnishings and sign posts.

    Scenic Painter, Forget Me Not, daily, for Sugar productions.

    Set Decorator, The Bounty Hunter a movie by Shakedown Productions. Set up police station admittance area, squad room, detective's office; hero's apartment in fifties funk, with inventor's laboratory; heroine's apartment in high-end seventies style; an unused building access tunnel for a torture scene, an abandoned basement room for a bondage scene; and a bail bond office with apartment. Most of these were at Crease Clinic in Riverview; the bail bond office was set up at Versatile Shipyards in north Vancouver.

    Scenic Artist, Halfback of Notre Dame a Showtime-HBO production. Painted, aged and installed fake brick and stone walls for a bell tower.

    Props Person, Rumble in the Bronx, a Jackie Chan action movie, Hong Kong production. Built, bought, assembled and repaired props, constructed and painted sets, did continuity photography, drove cube truck to find and deliver set props.

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