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grew up in Portland, Maine, and completed her BA in painting at Indiana University in 1960. She received an MFA in painting from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1973. In 1979 she learned printmaking techniques at St. Michaelís Printshop, St. Johnís, Newfoundland. Eventually she taught there and at thí YARC printshop in Yarmouth.
Now she works primarily in etching and occasionally in woodcut and linocut. She also makes small editions of books and is currently collaborating on In Tandem with the poet Artis Bernard.
Since living in Nova Scotia she has returned to Newfoundland for residencies at St. Michaelís, at Gros Morne, and at the Landfall Trust cottage in Brigus. Supported by a grant from Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage, she returned to St. Michaelís in 2005 to make the Newfoundland Tideline series, some of which are in this exhibition. Cecil Day lives with her husband on the Port Maitland shoreline.