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Jan Peacock received a BFA from the University of Western Ontario in 1978 and an MFA from the University of California at San Diego in 1981. Since 1980 her work, both single-channel videotapes and video installations, has been shown extensively throughout North America and internationally and she has received a number of awards, including the 1997 Bell Canada Award for her achievements in the field of video art. In addition to her work as an artist, Peacock has curated well-crafted and scholarly exhibitions for Canadian galleries and museums, including the critically praised Corpus Loquendi: Body for Speaking for the Dalhousie Art Gallery and national tour. She is a Professor in the Fine and Media Arts Department at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where she has taught video and interdisciplinary artmaking since 1982.