In January 2020, during his 101st year, Gordon Smith passed away in his West Vancouver home. He was a celebrated Canadian artist whose work can be seen in collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC., and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.
Throughout his career, Gordon believed in the value of supporting art education for youth. This dedication to the arts led Gordon to mentor young artists including some of today's most influential names in contemporary Canadian art. He found great satisfaction in uniting people through his art. Even throughout the last years of his life, he still found time to mentor young artists and give painting lessons to children in his neighbourhood.
Gordon's work and dedication over the past half century has influenced the progression of Canadian art and helped to shape the lives of thousand of young artists.
It is this legacy that we continue at the Gallery, to nurture and develop a love of the arts in our communities.
Exhibitions at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art
The Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art is a space where education is seen not as an after-thought to curation, but as the purpose of each step we take.
To ensure this, the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists and Artists for Kids work collaboratively to program the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art.
Artists for Kids In the Gallery
Artists for Kids provides a range of classes and programs, both in the Gallery and throughout the community:
• Canadian Art Windows – gallery tours
• After-School Art classes
• Paradise Valley Summer School for the Visual Arts
• Art Academy Program
• Architecture Enrichment Programs
• Fashion Photography Enrichment Programs
Artists for Kids Permanent Collection
The Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art is home to the acclaimed Artists for Kids teaching collection . The Artists for Kids program has been acquiring masterworks from Canada’s leading artists, including our founding patrons , Gordon Smith, Jack Shadbolt and Bill Reid, as well as Robert Davidson, Angela Grossmann, E.J. Hughes, Kenojuak Ashevak, Rodney Graham, Guido Molinari and Toni Onley, for more than 20 years.
Visit the Print Shop to view the selection of limited edition prints and support Artists for Kids art education programming.
The Smith Foundation in the Gallery
The Smith Foundation promotes a greater understanding of contemporary Canadian art through the Gallery by creating:
• Seasonal exhibitions for all audiences;
• Programs featuring docent-led gallery tours and behind-the-scenes tours;
• Artist and curator talks and symposia with leading professionals in the field;
• Publications which introduce insightful and provocative thinking about Canadian art.