Photo of Judith  Tinkl
Photo of Judith  Tinkl
Judith Tinkl
Associate Professor
Faculty of Art
416-977-6000, Ext. 1603

Area(s) of Expertise

Fibre Arts, Colour


Judith Tinkl is a practising fibre artist and co-proprieter of Tinkl's Gallery, which participates annually in the Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts studio tour, each September. She has been a faculty member at the Ontario College of Art & Design since 1990. Previous to this, she was a faculty member in the textiles program at Sheridan College's, School for Crafts & Design.

"What motivates me is a fascination with the phenomena of light and colour, illusions of light which come from the juxtaposition of colours. Inspiration also comes from nature, geometry, geometric puzzles, natural structures and systems, phenomena of colour, and of course, historical and traditional textiles. Like a true child of the sixties, I feel most comfortable with non-objective abstract visual ideas."


1964: AOCA in Drawing and Painting

Selected Exhibitions

2007: A Vital Mix ? Celebrating 30 Years, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, ON

2004: Silver Memories ? 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville ON

2004: Fibreworks ? a Biennial Exhibition of Fibre Art, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, ON (exhibited as a juror)

2003: Station Crossings: Timeless Passages, The Station Gallery, Whitby, ON

2003: Patching History: The Other Strings of Women?s Lap Craft an exhibition and screening of films, quilts, photographs and mixed media works at Toronto?s Gallery 1313. Organized by the Loop Collective, a group of film-makers

2002: Why Bother: Hand-made textiles in the 21st century, Textile Museum of Canada

2003: Judith Tinkl & Lois Schklar, Cannington House Gallery, Oakville, ON

2003: Connecting Threads, Quiltmakers of the Durham Region, Visual Arts Centre, Bowmanville, ON

2001: Big Shots, 2 Decades of OCAD Art System, Toronto, ON

2000: A Fine Line: Seventy Years of Studio Crafts in Ontario, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON

2000: 30 in 2000, The Station Gallery, Whitby, ON

2000: Collectable Craft, the Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, ON

2000: Ontario Juried Quilt Show 2000, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, invited as juror to exhibit.

1999: Latcham Gallery, group show, Stouffville, ON

1998: The Iroquis Project, Station Gallery, Whitby, ON

1997: Doon + 37 - Judith Tinkl Quilts, Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, ON

1996: Ten Years, Ten Works, John Black Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON

1996: Oh Canada, Quilt Project exhibition and banner project, Tannenbaum Sculpture Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, featuring display of quilts and banner project for children

1996: ENCORE, The Station Gallery Revisited, 25th anniversary exhibition, the Station Gallery, Whitby, ON

1996: Ontario Craft Works, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, ON

1996: The Fine Art of Fine Giving, The Russell Gallery, Peterborough, ON

1995: Judith Tinkl - Quilts, the Guild Shop, Toronto, ON

1994: Trevor Bates - Judith Tinkl, Russell Gallery, Lindsay, ON

1993: Christmas Exhibition, Art Rental, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

1993: Faculty Exhibition - Foundation Studies, OCA, John Black Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON

1993: New-Wave Quilt Exhibition II - Brea City Gallery, Brea, California, subsequently toured in Japan.

1993: Canadian Quilts: Tradition and Innovation, Art Museum and Galleries, Arizona State University in Flagstaff, AZ

1993: Cold Comfort, the Craft Gallery, Toronto, ON

1992: A Treasury of Canadian Crafts, exhibition to celebrate the opening of the Canadian Crafts Museum in Vancouver, BC

1992: Contemporary Canadian Quilts, juried exhibition, Rodman Hall, St Catharines, ON

1992: The Art Quilt of Japan, circulated in Japan.

1992: Tropicanada, Uncommon Objects space, at Harbourfront, Toronto, ON

1991: Judith Tinkl - Quilts, Pefferlaw Library, Pefferlaw, ON

1991: Cold Comfort, travelling exhibition of quilts shown in twelve locations in New Zealand December l991 - July 1993 Circulated by the Ontario Crafts Council

1991: New Wave American Quilt, travelling exhibition circulated to six locations in Japan. Curated and organised by Setsuko Segawa of California and Japan.

1991: The Jewish Wedding: An Exhibition of Ritual Art, group show, The Koffler Gallery, Toronto, ON

1991: Ontario Crafts 91, juried exhibition, the Craft Gallery, Toronto, ON

1990: Judith Tinkl - Quilts, Visual Arts Centre, Bowmanville, ON

1990: Judith Tinkl-Quilts/Viktor Tinkl-Drawings, The Library Gallery, Belleville, ON

1989: Judith Tinkl:Quilts/Viktor Tinkl:Sculpture, The Station Gallery, Whitby, ON

Awards \ Grants

1999: Nominated for Saidye Bronfman Award for the Crafts by the Ontario Crafts Council

1998: Nominated for Saidye Bronfman Award for the Crafts by the Ontario Crafts Council

1993: Ontario Arts Council Artists in the Workplace grant

1993: Honourary membership, Canadian Crafts Council, Nominee, Chalmers Award

1993: Artists in the Workplace grant, Ontario Arts Council

1992: Artists is the Workplace grant, Ontario Arts Council

1991: Premier?s Award (given by The Premier of Ontario), for work in Ontario Crafts

Ontario Arts Council Artists in the Workplace grant

1989: Joan Chalmers Award for Quiltmaking, Ontario Crafts

1988: First Prize, Contemporary Canadian Quilts, juried exhibition Rodman Hall in St Catharines, ON

1987: Ontario Arts Council, Crafts Grant

1986: Nominee, Saidye Bronfman Award for the Crafts

1982-1991: numerous Ontario Arts Council Artists in the Schools grants


2005: Memorial wall quilt using bow ties to celebrate the life of Mandel Sprachman, architect.

2002: 4 Banners ? for Rundles Restaurant, Stratford, ON

1987: Wall panels for Osler Bluffs Ski Club, Collingwood, ON

1986: Altarpiece for Fairport Dunbarton United Church, Pickering, ON

1982: Wall, Maple Glen Senior Citizen?s Residence, Sunderland, ON

1981: Wall, Hearst Block, Government of Ontario, Toronto, ON

1980: Wall, eight panels designed for the Department of Natural Resources, Midhurst, Ontario. Subsequently hung in Queen?s Park

Selected Publications

2005: featured in East of the City, a general interest magazine.

I produce small desktop publications about our property and work.

2004: Wrote catalogue essay ? Lynne McIlvride Evans? exhibition By Degrees: Recent Constructions and Paintings, The Station Gallery, Whitby

2003: I exhibited in \Why Bother which was reviewed in Fiberarts Magazine, summer 2003 and the Surface Design Journal, summer 2003

2001: Featured in Toronto Star, July 29, Special Effects: Judith Tinkl?s optical illusions with colour have some people likening her quilts to contemporary painting, by Gloria Hickey - Ontario Craft, spring 1991

2001: Viktor & Judith Tinkl, by Merike Weiler - City and Country Home, December l985

2001: Numerous catalogues and newspaper features including features in the Toronto Star, the Vancouver Sun, Fiberarts Design Book (USA), Textile Fibre Forum (Australia), New Wave American Quilts (Japan), and Toronto Life.

2001: Catalogue essay, Material Extremes, The Station Gallery, Whitby

1997: Review, A Bed is a Boat, exhibition by quiltmaker Barbara Todd published by Ontario Craft

l989: Article ? A Journey Towards Surface Design: Five Canadian Artists, for Fiberarts, a US based magazine

Various Book and exhibition reviews.

1988 to 1994: editor of SURFACING, the journal of the Textile Dyers and Printers Association of Ontario, a quarterly publication

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Currently a Member of the Exhibition Committee of the Textile Museum of Canada

1990-96: Ontario Crafts Council, various positions including President

1988-2001: Surfacing, Textile Artists and Designers Association, various positions including President

1990-97: Museum for Textiles, member of Contemporary Gallery Committee

1990-95: Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts, member of Organising Committee