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Gyo-Zo fonds


Physical Description:
1.4 m of textual records. -- 444 photographs

Ronald Spickett, 1926-2018, was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and trained as an artist with Augustus Kenderdine at the Regina Sketch Club. He was an editorial cartoonist with the Regina Leader-Post newspaper, and served in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War. He attended the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art in Calgary, Alberta, 1946-1949, and then was a window display artist in Toronto, Ontario, 1949-1955. He spent 1956-1957 at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Returning to Calgary, he taught at the Alberta College of Art for ten years, 1957-1967, followed by fifteen years at the University of Calgary. He studied Zen Buddism and retired from painting to devote his time to spiritual activities, poetry and music. He is called by his Buddhist name Gyo-Zo. Spickett and his wife, Anna Barbara Rosoku, 1930-2003, had three sons, Ronald, Richard and Rae. For further information see Spirit Matters : Ron (Gyo-zo) Spickett, Artist, Poet, Priest / Geoffrey Simmons. -- Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2009.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of his correspondence, photographs, teaching materials, records of Buddhist activities, and records related to his career as an artist.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Gyo-Zo, 2014.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-9642, PA-4017, PB-1000

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