About the Artist

Photograph of the artist standing in front of the installation of her work The Great Pavement

1965-70 Diploma of Art and Design, BA
The Central School of Art and Design was a public school of fine and applied arts in London, England. Central became part of the London Institute in 1986, and in 1989 merged with Saint Martin’s School of Art to form Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Design. Four life changing incredible years were spent earning my Bachelor of Arts degree within and outside of its walls in vibrant, late sixties London .

1970 Leverhulme Travelling Award

The Leverhulme Trust was established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers.
This prestigious national award changed everything providing me with nine months travel to New York Paris and Rome, ending up with a position in Enrico Perroni’s textile studio and Sergio Bini’s printing factory in Como, Italy

1971-1983 Jacqueline Treloar Design

I owned a textile design studio serving the celebrated Comasco printing industry for alta moda and pret-a-porter fashion houses.
Como is a city in Lombardy, Italy whose economy was, until the end of the 1980s, traditionally based on industry; the city was world-famous for its silk manufacturers. The 1982 industry collapse resulted in my leaving Italy to return to Canada

1984- 2000 Toronto- Parkdale – I began rebuilding a life and a career in a favourite area of Toronto full of colourful characters and curious individual businesses. I began creating large and complex textile works.

1989 – Ontario Governor’s Award for Excellence

1997 –  S S Giovanni e Giacomo exhibit at the Art Gallery of Mississauga- Under the auspices of the Italian Consul General





I am a magician. My work springs from ancient histories and legends, stunning light and colour. Its origins were formed from years living in England, Italy and now Canada. I ask questions. What holds meaning for me? What is my purpose?  My answers celebrate a personal vision; ideas, images and memories are sorted, researched, and stored over time and then put forward out of a desire to commemorate and honour that which is of profound personal value. Much looting takes place within the archives of manuscripts, monuments, and great natural spaces, exposing the inner power and beauty that in turn forms the nucleus of a contemporary creation.


2000 – an interpretation of the Westminster Abbey pavement-  the huge 24 ft sq. nylon square is a to scale replica of the 1268 Cosmati pavement in Westminster Abbey which is replete with  myth and mystery.

2000- 2003 Palermo, Sicily – I lived for three years within the depths of the old inner city which held my heart within its folds.
Palermo is a city of Southern Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Metropolitan City of Palermo. The city is noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy; it is over 2,700 years old. It is fabulous and perfect for the explorer and lover of all curious and exotic things.

2003- 2015 Toronto – Parkdale
Return to the old ‘hood, now in the grip of gentrification. Parkdale provided a home and studio within a vibrant community of musicians, artists poets and other exotica. Demographically, Parkdale is mixed in income and ethnicity.

2014- Corona Magnum Pallium, the Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto- four huge crowns hanging in  space  with each crown displaying  the four seasons of nature and man

2015 – present Mimico and Lakeshore West
Mimico is the gateway to Toronto’s west-end waterfront neighbourhoods. The lakeshore west waterfront is a daily wonder of light, glorious flora and fauna and beloved water creatures providing me with a continual respite of repose for the spirit.

The Homeless Memorial Project Magnum Pallium– a large mixed media  textiles-based exhibit scheduled for exhibition in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto. The main feature is a huge 10 x 10 x 10 ft coat holding the names of the deceased people listed on the Toronto homeless memorial


“What amazed me the most were Jaqueline Treloar’s beautiful pieces covering the tree. “Baroque Ball”, a collection of tree ornaments, is something to be taken in. The care and precision of each piece comes fully through when looking at them closely.” 

– Emily newell, artoronto

Curriculum Vitae



National Diploma in Art and Design


Central School of Art and Design (London, U.K.)



Council for National Academic Awards (London, U.K

Selected solo exhibitions and public art projects

The Toronto Homeless Memorial List, Magna Pallium


The Church of the Holy Trinity, Catalogue

War Regalia for the three great archangels Michael Raphael and Gabriel


Various locations

M8V 1E7-M8Y3K1V- Lakeshore West from Mimico to Humber


Various locations



Kingston Road United Church

Coronae Magnae Reginae Caeli


The Church of the Holy Trinity

Coronae  Reginae Caeli


The Gladstone Hotel

Coronae  Reginae Caeli


The Gladstone Hotel

Kingston Road United Church Installation


Kingston Road United Church

The Great Coat and the White Cat


Artscape Triangle Gallery

Selected Group Exhibitions

Unfurled, artist stories


Propeller Gallery

Christmas Spice

2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

Paul Petro Contemporary Art

Portraits in the time of Covid 19


Gallery 1313

Salon X11

2019, 2018

Propeller Hallery

World of Threads Festival


Oakville, Ontario

Red Impulse


Propeller Gallery



Artuaism Gallery

Bright Lights at night


Redhead Gallery, Nuit Blanche, Toronto

Coming Together


Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts – curator Barbara Astman (catalogue)

Selected Grants, awards, and scholarships

2014 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2011 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2010 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2008 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2007 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
1999 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
1997 Ontario Arts Council Creative Artists in the Schools Grant
1994 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
Ontario Arts Council Crafts Grant
Award of merit, Juried Craft Exhibition, Art Gallery of Mississauga,
Jurors’ Award, Fibreworks, The Library and Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario
1993 Ontario Arts Council Creative Artists in the Schools Grant (two awards)
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
1992 Ontario Arts Council Creative Artists in the Schools Grant
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
1991 Ontario Arts Council Individual Crafts Grant
1990 Finalist, Rome Awards in Painting, British School at Rome
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Grant
1989 Ontario Arts Council Crafts Grant
Premier of Ontario Award for Excellence, Ontario Crafts ’89
1988 Fiber Award, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
1987 Ontario Arts Council Creative Artists in the
Schools Grant
Ontario Arts Council Crafts Grant
1970 Leverhulme Travelling Scholarship, London, England


Artoronto, Propeller Alumni 20th anniversary Exhibition
Artoronto, 2015,The Primum Mobile
E book 3D Textile Art,  April 2015
VAM 37, 2015
The Record “Fibreworks 15 showcases best textile art from across Canada” 2014
Telegiornale, Omni televison, May 2014
Artoronto “Jacqueline Treloar: Exaltation” by Gary Michael Dault, May, 2014
Artoronto essay by Emese Krunák-Hajagos
Jacqueline Treloar interview: Theatrical textile art, February 5, 2014
Corridor213, 2013
Beach Metro news, 2016Artoronto”Jacqueline Treloar: Coronae Reginae Caeli 1″, by Leanne Simaan, Dec 29, 2013
“Globe Arts – At other venues” by R M Vaughan, January 15, 2011
“Seeing Humanity’s Place in the Universe,” John Bentley Mays, The Catholic Register, Jan 30, 2011
Globe Arts- At other venues: R M Vaughan, the Globe and Mail, Jan 15, 2011
Telegiornale 8- 9 p.m. Omni television, Jan 24, 2011
Telegiornale, Omni television, Mar 26, 2009
Telegiornale, Omni television, Sept 24, 2008
Gallery Going, Gary Michael Dault, the Globe and Mail, Toronto, Sept 20, 2008
Gallery Going, Gary Michael Dault, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Sept 22, 2007
Live with Culture, Now Magazine, Sept 13, 2007
Arts and Entertainment, Toronto Life, Sept 2007
Featured artist, The AdvocateMagazine, AlbertaWilderness Association, pp 2, 3, 25, 26, 27, 30, Winter 2005
Featured artist, The Advocate Magazine, Alberta Wilderness Association. Spring 2004
“Larger than life: The painted theatre of Jacqueline Treloar.” Feature article by Anne McPherson. In Fiberarts Vol 25, no. 5 (Asheville, U.S.A.). Spring 1999, pp. 26-31, illus.
FiberArts Design Book Six (Altamont Press: Asheville, USA). Fall 1999, p. 126, illus.
FiberArts Design Book Five. (Altamont Press: Asheville, U.S.A.). 1995, p. 46, illus.
Sunday Arts and Entertainment. CBC-TV (Toronto, Canada). May 1994.
“Skin and Bones” Review by Robert Wylie, In Surfacing. Spring 1994.
“Skin and Bones.” In Ontario Craft. (Toronto, Canada). Spring 1994, pp. 96-99.
“Jacqueline Treloar.” In Surface Designers (Altamont Press: North Carolina,U.S.A.1993, pp. 96-99, illus.
“At the Craft Gallery.” In Craft News (Toronto, Canada). Jan/Feb. 1992, p. 1.
“Calendar.” In Craft News (Toronto, Canada), Oct/Nov. 1992, p.15, illus.
“Primal Screens.” In Images (Toronto, Canada). Oct. 1992, pp. 22-23.
“To San Espedito for Favours Granted.” Review by Judith Tinkl. In Surfacing (Toronto, Canada). March 1992 cover and p. 5.
“The Inspiration of Jacqueline Treloar.” E. Dingman. In Canadian Society of Decorative Arts Bulletin. (Toronto, Canada). Autumn 1992, p. 15.
Imagery on Fabric. Jean Ray Laury (C & T Publishing: Martinez, U.S.A.). 1992, pp. 49, illus.
Eye on Toronto. CFTO Television (Toronto, Canada) March 1992
City Line. CITY TV (Toronto, Canada). March 1992
“Toronto Voyage on the Surface.” Gloria Hickey. In Surface Design Journal (Oakland, U.S.A.). Winter 1991/92, p. 28.
“Artist praises stability in shaky surroundings.” Review by Christopher Hume. In The Toronto Star (Toronto, Canada). January 31, 1992, p. D9.
“Arts and Pleasures.” Eli Witmer and Lisa Balfour Bowen. In The Sunday Sun (Toronto, Canada). January 26, 1992, p. S21.
“Art About.” Kate Taylor. In The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada). January 1992.
“Fibre Features.” In Now. (Toronto, Canada). January 1992, p. 53.
“In Review – Jacqueline Treloar Wall Hangings and Folding Screens.” Pam Patterson. In Multi Media Craft (Toronto, Canada). Summer 1991, pp. 34-35.
FiberArts Design Book Four (Altemont Press: Asheville, U.S.A.). 1991, pp. 122, 181, 193, illus.
“Paintings, Screens, Hangings.” Review by Paul Benedetti. In The Spectator (Hamilton, Canada). January 26, 1991, p. C2.
“Voyage on the Surface.” In Surfacing (Toronto, Canada). June 1990, p. 15.
Incontri. Channel 47 (Toronto, Ontario) 1990


Kingston Road United Church, Toronto

Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Canada

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Toronto, Canada (St. Paul’s Trinity Church – lower lobby)

Goodman Phillips & Vineberg, Toronto, Canada (The Eaton Tower – 34th floor foyer)

Toronto Showmart Management Ltd., Toronto, Canada (Holiday Inn on King – main lobby, mezzanine level, and on each floor)

Palazzo Aiutamicristo, Palermo, Sicily

Private Collections in Europe, Canada, and the United States

Selected lectures and presentations

The Pantokrator and the painted panels in the collection of the Kingston Road United Church, Toronto, May 2018

Along the Camino de Santiago from Pamplona, Toronto School of Art, Toronto October 2017

Coronas Magna Reginae Caeili– the Church of the Holy Trinity, June 2014

Lecture series: La Serenissima, Palermo Conca D’oro, Great houses and gardens in the UK, Kingston Road United Church, Toronto 2013 

Lecture presentation, Don Valley Art Club, Toronto, 2012

Oil painting demonstration, The Art Guild of Scarborough, 2011

Watercolour and architecture, Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto) 2011

An Interpretation of the Westminster Abbey Great Pavement, Church of the Holy Trinity (Toronto, Canada) January 2011

Discovering the Phoenix: on the trail of the Canadian Campaign in Sicily, July 1943, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (Toronto, Canada) September 2008

Search and Discover: on the trail of the Canadian Campaign in Sicily, July 1943, Gallery 1313 (Toronto, Canada) 2008                                                            

Watercolour demonstrations. Presented at the North York Library, Toronto, the Watercolour Society of Ontario (Toronto, Canada) 2006 and at Todmorden Mills, the Don Valley Watercolour Society (Toronto, Canada) 2007

Interpreting Romanesque forms in paintings and panels. Presented at Erindale College, University of Toronto and George Brown College, 1999

Multimedia materials with watercolours. The Toronto School of Art (Toronto, Canada) 1999.

Palermo, La Conca d’Oro. the Kinnear Education Theatre, Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada) 1999.

Crafts:  A Celebration of Canadian Living. Presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada) 1994,  the Fairfield Seniors’ Centre (Etobicoke, Ontario) 1994, and at the Public Library (Oshawa, Ontario) 1994.

Art History and Personal Iconography. Presented at the Women’s Art Association of Canada (Toronto, Canada) 1993.

Selected Teaching experience


Adult Learning Centre, Mimico, Toronto Board Continuing Education, 2006-present

Harbourfront Centre (Toronto, Canada) 2008-2011Instructor, Toronto School of Art, 2006-2012

Dundas Valley School of Art (Dundas, Ontario)   2007-8

Living Arts Centre (Mississauga, Ontario) 2005-2007

Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada) 1991-2000, 2005-2006

Istituto Technico Commerciale Statale Francesco Ferarra (Palermo, Sicily) 2000

Sheridan College (Oakville, Canada), 1995

International Academy of Fashion Design and Technology (Toronto, Canada) 1987-1988.

Selected applied design projects

Jacqueline Treloar Designs (Como, Italy), 1971-1985.

Sergio Bini, pret-a-porter printer (Como, Italy), 1971-1985.

Alberto Ambrosini, Alta Moda converter (Como, Italy), 1971-1985.

Enrico Perroni, Textile Design Studio (Como, Italy), 1971-1985.

Paul Hargittai, Lizzie Derrier (Paris, France) and M. Lowenstein (New York), 1969-1970.