5 Yvonne Williams’ Career

A Brief Resume

Iraboty Kazi

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Yvonne Williams, “Portrait.” From Williams, “Some Speculations on the Future of Stained Glass: A Canadian View.” Stained Glass (Spring 1944): 24.

Selected Public Commissions


Edmonton, AB, Robertson United Church

British Columbia:

Vancouver, BC, St. John’s Church

Vernon, BC, Vernon Preparatory School [Now Coldstream Meadows Retirement Community]


Winnipeg, MB, River Heights Church

Newfoundland and Labrador:

St. John’s, NL, St. Patrick’s Church

Northwest Territories:

Aklavik, NT, All Saints Cathedral


Burlington, ON, Wellington Square United Church

Cobourg, ON, St. Andrew’s Church

Hamilton, ON, Christ’s Church Cathedral

Hamilton, ON, Divinity School Chapel, McMaster University

Hamilton, ON, St. Patrick’s Church

Leith, ON, Historic Leith Church

Newtonbrook, ON, St. John’s Convalescent Hospital [Now St. John’s Rehab at Sunnybrook]

Oakville, ON, The John Bell Chapel at Appleby College

Thunder Bay, ON, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Timmins ON, St. Matthew’s Cathedral

Toronto, ON, The Anglican Church of the Transfiguration

Toronto, ON, Calvary Baptist Church

Toronto, ON, The Church of St Peter and St Simon-the-Apostle

Toronto, ON, Deer Park United Church [Now at 26 Delisle Avenue, Toronto, Ontario]

Toronto, ON, Holy Rosary Parish

Toronto, ON, Kingsway-Lambton United Church

Toronto, ON, Loretto Abbey College and School [Now Loretto College School]

Toronto, ON, St. James Cathedral

Toronto, ON, St. Michael of All Angels

Toronto, ON, St. Michael’s Hospital Chapel

Toronto, ON, Necropolis Chapel, Riverdale Cemetery

Toronto, ON, Sisters of Notre Dame [Demolished]

Toronto, ON, St. Bernard’s Hospital [Now St. Bernard’s Residence]

Toronto, ON, Strachan Hall, Trinity College

Unionville, ON, St. Philips on-the-hill Anglican Church

Uxbridge, ON, Foster Memorial

Waterdown, ON, Notre Dame Academy [Closed in 1983]

Windsor, ON, St. Aidan’s Anglican Church

York Mills, ON, St. John’s Anglican Church


Montreal, QC, Knox Crescent Kensington and First Presbyterian Church

Montreal, QC, St. Philip’s Anglican Church

Montreal, QC, Transfiguration of Our Lord Catholic Church*

Westmount, QC, Church of the Ascension

Selected Awards

1926-27, Ontario College of Art Medal

1927, Governor General’s Gold Medal for Excellence in Life Drawing and Design

1955, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Medal

Selected Memberships

1957, Associate Member, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

1964, Member, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

1966, Canadian Handicrafts Guild

Selected Articles

Williams, Yvonne. “Processes and Craftsmanship in Stained Glass.” Royal Architectural  Institute of Canada Journal (August 1946): 199-201.

Williams, Yvonne. “Some Speculations on the Future of Stained Glass – A Canadian View.”  Stained Glass 39 (Spring 1944): 21-23.

Williams, Yvonne. “Stained Glass.” Bulletin of the Stained Glass Association of America 24.9  (Sept. 1929): 12-13.


“Artist Database: Artists: Williams, Yvonne.” Canadian Women Artists History Initiative. July  29, 2014. Accessed June 29, 2021.  https://cwahi.concordia.ca/sources/artists/displayArtist.php?ID_artist=2487 .

Baldwin, Judith. Industry into Art: The Yvonne Williams Studio 1932-71 and Beyond. N.P.: 1992.

Barker, Fitzgerald. “Designs for a Stained Glass Window.” Toronto Daily Star, April 21, 1962.

Barteet, C. Cody, Iraboty Kazi, and Anahi Gonzalez Teran. Symphony of Lights: An Exploration of the Stained Glass Windows in St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, London, Ontario, February 9-18, 2021. (Artlab Gallery 2021). Visual Arts eBook Collection. 4. https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/visualartsebooks/4

“Canadian Women in Stained Glass.” Stained Glass, 36, no. 2 (Summer 1941): 50-52.

Crawford, Gail. A Fine Line: Studio Crafts in Ontario from 1930 to the Present. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1998.

Darling, Alexander (Sandy) L. A Visual Tour of Christ’s Church Cathedral, Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton: Christ’s Church Cathedral, Sept 2020.

Frye, Helen Kemp. “YVONNE WILLIAMS.” Canadian Forum 18, December 1938.

Fulford, Robert. “The Artist Behind the Window.” Mayfair 28:12, December 1954.

Gannon, Mo. “Lives Lived – Yvonne Williams.” Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON), Dec.  24, 1997.

Hall, Sarah and Jeffrey Kraegel. “In Partnership with the Sun: The Life and Work of Yvonne Williams.” Sarah Hall Studio, Profiles, March/April 2000.  http://www.sarahhallstudio.com/?dest=articles&cat=article&display=31 

Kritzwiser, Kay. “Casting a glow in Canada’s Churches.” Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON), April 11, 1985.

Kuprowsky, Helena. “50 Years of Modern Work.” Canada Crafts, Oct/Nov 1978.

MacDonald, Colin S. “Williams, Yvonne.” The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. Written by Colin S. MacDonald (Volumes 1-8) and Anne Newlands and Judith Parker (Volume  9). Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009.

McCarthy, Pearl. “Art and Artists.” Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON) Dec. 12, 1936.

N.H.P., The Memorial windows at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Hamilton, Ont.: McMaster Divinity College, 1966.

Spicer, Elizabeth. Trumpeting Our Stained Glass: The Church of St. John the EvangelistLondon, Ontario. London, ON: St. John the Evangelist, 2008.



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