Canadian-born Tracy Templeton was raised in southern Saskatchewan on a small grain farm. Much of her early work chronicles the abandoned rural homesteads that characterize the prairie. Often derived from personal moments of struggle or unfolding change, her work expands from this intimate point of departure to encompass larger cultural issues and commonalities across the human experience. Templeton’s 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 sentiment, Templeton makes remembering, observing, and creating part of the active production of her work. 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 150 exhibitions in such countries as Canada, Mexico, England, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, China, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea. Templeton won Honorary Mention at the Seoul Print Biennial and third place in the Great Canadian Printmaking Competition in addition to 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; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Kansas City Art Institute; Lane Community College in Oregon; and Duke University.
Templeton earned her MFA from the University of Alberta and her BFA from the University of Regina, where she graduated with Distinction and The Riddell Award in Fine Arts. Her prints appear in more than thirty different collections worldwide, and her work has been published in more than sixty different books, magazines, catalogs, and journals, including The Canadian Encyclopedia; Great Canadian Printmaking; and Grapheion: The European Review of Modern Prints, Book, and Paper Art.