Director’s Biography

Author, art gallery director, curator and speaker, Tom Smart has worked in art galleries and museums across Canada and the United States.

From 1989 to 1997, Smart launched his career as the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s Curator. Among other appointments, he has since served as chief curator and deputy director at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, director of the Frick in Pittsburgh USA, and CEO of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Most recently, he has been at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives in Brampton, ON.

He is a regular speaker, including at: the University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar; the University of Toronto; University of Western Ontario; University of Manitoba; and, the National Gallery of Canada.

Tom Smart is noted for his award-winning, critical biographies, catalogues and books on Canadian art and artists, including painters Christopher Pratt, Jack Chambers, Alex Colville, Mary Pratt, Tom Forrestall, Miller Brittain and Fred Ross; graphic novelists Seth and George Walker; sculptor John Hooper; and many other contemporary and historical artists.

He is a contributing editor and regular essayist for the Devils Artisan. His bi-monthly column, “The Curator” appears in the Saint John Telegraph-Journal.