Joyce Wieland (Canadian, 1931-1998) was an artist and experimental filmmaker celebrated for bringing feminist concerns to the forefront of Canadian art in the 1960s and 1970s. Drawing inspiration from Canadian history, politics and ecology, Wieland’s career as an artist began in painting with her first solo exhibition in 1960 at the Isaacs Gallery in Toronto. After relocating to New York in 1962, she became widely known for experimental video work, including her innovative approach to gender and landscape in The Far Shore (1976), a feminist re-imagining of the story of the Canadian painter Tom Thomson. Following her return to Canada in 1971, Wieland’s work began to challenge modernist ideals by incorporating traditionally feminine materials, such as sewing, knitting, rug hooking and embroidery. In 1971, Wieland opened True Patriot Love, the first retrospective for a living Canadian woman artist at the National Gallery of Canada. In 1987, the Art Gallery of Ontario mounted a major travelling exhibition of Wieland’s work, which was also its first retrospective of a living Canadian woman artist. Joyce Wieland was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982.