Past Exhibitions


September 25th, 2016 to January 8th, 2017

Greg Staats: on the edge of the woods: condolence towards renewal
Curated by Virginia Eichhorn, Director and Chief Curator

Everyone, at some point in their life, will deal with loss. When confronted with someone who has experienced a loss, we are often ill-equipped, feel awkward and may fall back on cliché expressions. Previous generations had protocols and expected ways of behaving when dealing with death that were ingrained and taught within societies. We have become largely disconnected from those protocols and ceremonies – a systemic loss in and of itself – and we often struggle because of that. That struggle is further complicated when what we are mourning is something that we have been disenfranchised from. We question ourselves and the legitimacy of our reaction in mourning what we have never known but that we feel a disconnect from, regardless. In Greg Staats: on the edge of the woods: condolence towards renewal, Staats calls back to the Condolence Ceremony of the Haudenosuanee for inspiration in the creation of the photographs, sculptures and installations within this exhibition. His family histories and stories provide the sources that he draws upon, drawing out expressions and visualizations on the loss of home, family and traditions, and how that impacts throughout the generations. While intensely personal, Staats’ works speak to the universal experience of loss and of disconnect from the past, and at the same time offers viewers the opportunity to find a means of acknowledging that loss and finding ways of coming to peace with it.

Greg Staats, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk), (b. Ohsweken, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory). Solo exhibitions include: McMaster Museum of Art, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Walter Philips Gallery (Banff Centre), Mercer Union, Gallery TPW, Trinity Square Video/Images festival. Group exhibitions include; National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Art Gallery of Southern Manitoba and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe). Staats is the recipient of the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography. Staats has lived and worked in Toronto since 1985.

Embrace, 2016, inkjet print on Canson Paper, mounted on dibond, edition of 3, Collection of the Artist



June 26th to September 18th, 2016

The Resonance of the Tree

Guest curator Stephen Hogbin raises the question of whether trees are sentient beings in Resonance of the Tree, an exhibition that features all new works by local artists Lorne Wagman and Vera DernovsekPeter Pierobon of Vancouver, and the collaborative duo Kevin Yates of Toronto and his brother Robert Yates of Montreal. While investigating natural history, early industries, and contemporary ecological issues, the works in this exhibition conjure poetic metaphors about understanding our sense of place within, and relative to, the natural world.

Hogbin is Chair of The Extraordinary Tree project, a collaboration with the TOM, Grey Roots Museum and Archives, Grey Sauble Conservation Authority and Landscape Design programme at Fanshawe College.  More information at:


LORNE WAGMAN, Phosphorescent Forest, 2014, oil on canvas and mixed media, Collection of the Artist


June 26th to September 18th, 2016

With a Destiny

In With a Destiny, glass artists Laura Donefer, Susan Edgerley and Karina Guevin present sculptures and installations, inspired by the work, life and mythic story of Tom Thomson. Coming from Eastern Ontario and Quebec, all three artists are well-known for exploring ideas of destiny, chance and fate and their effects on both natural and personal environments in their work.

Curated by Christian Bernard Singer

Complementing Resonance of the Tree and With a Destiny, the TOM has borrowed The Jack Pine sketch (c. 1916) by Tom Thomson (1877-1917) from the Riverbrink Art Museum. The sketch is being featured in our on-going exhibition, The Tom Thomson Experience, which tells the “story” of Thomson – a mythic figure in Canadian art and history – in all its fullness, complication and contradiction.

LAURA DONEFER, Winter Corona Basket, 2016, blown and flameworked glass, Courtesy of the Artist


June 26 to September 18, 2016

Agnes Martin and Me

Like Tom Thomson, Agnes Martin (1912-2004) is an artist shrouded in myth. She was one of only a handful of women to emerge in the male-dominated art movements of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. Martin also struggled with mental illness, battling to keep her incessant inner voices in check and it is against this backdrop that American photographer Donald Woodman chronicles their seven roller coaster years together (1977-1984) during which, he was her assistant and they were in constant contact with each other. Agnes Martin and Me presents never before seen photos of Martin by Woodman along with writings and ephemera that chronicle a tumultuous relationship while providing insights about the artist, known only to a chosen few.

Curated by Christian Bernard Singer

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DONALD WOODMAN, Agnes Martin from Vanity Fair shoot , 1988, archival pigment print, Courtesy of the Artist


June 26th to September 18th, 2016

Extraordinary Trees in the Gallery’s Collection
Lower Foyer

The Ontario landscape is dominated by trees, and it is not surprising that they are a common subject matter for many of the artists whose work is part of the Gallery’s Collection. Thomson and the Group of Seven’s renderings of singular rugged trees have become symbolic of the enduring Canadian Spirit, an individual alone persevering against the forces of nature.

The image of the single tree is so iconic that contemporary artists have continued the tradition. On display are some of the extraordinary trees in the Gallery’s Collection by contemporary Canadian artists: Tom Benner; April Hickox; Vid Ingelevics; Lorraine Simms and Greg Staats.

Curated by David Huff

VID INGELEVICS , Platform 02C, from 'Platform’ project, 2004, Chromogenic Print on Kodak Endura paper, Gift of Vid Ingelevics, 2011

April 3rd to June 19th, 2016

Diana Thorneycroft: Herd

Thorneycroft presents a series of carefully staged photographs and a sculptural installation that invite the viewer into a world of the extraordinary, the magical and of intuitive knowledge. Herd explores hybrid transformations and symbolic possibilities that are powerful yet ambiguously mysterious.

Curated by Heather Hughes, Curator of Temporary Exhibitions.

Diana Thorneycroft, Herd, 2016 Installation Photo

April 3rd to June 19th, 2016

In Spirit

The spiritual realm comes alive through the works of Heather Murray, John Latour and Tim Laurin. In Spirit, a co-presentation between the TOM and the Art Gallery of Burlington, examines absence, loss and the potential of the past to continue to assert influence over us now, yet their work also reminds us that histories are constructed on memories and that the truth may not be universal. In Spirit is a co-presentation between the TOM and the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Co Curated by Virginia Eichhorn, Director and Chief Curator and Denis Longchamps, Artistic Director & Chief Curator Art Gallery of Burlington


JOHN LATOUR, Young Woman in Sweater and Skirt Smiling Modestly, 2007, found photograph with acrylic paint, Courtesy of the Artist

April 3rd to June 19th, 2016

Recent Donations: The Arlene Kennedy Collection 

This exhibition is a selection of art works by nationally-known artists who have had personal connections to, or made work about, the region that Kennedy has collected over the years, and has now recently donated to the Gallery. Arlene Kennedy worked professionally as a director, curator, and educator promoting the visual arts in Ontario for many decades.  Since 2005, she has co-owned Circle Arts, a commercial gallery in Tobermory and has lived on the North Bruce Peninsula since 2006. An enthusiastic art collector for years, her own private collection now overflows beyond her available wall space.

Curated by David Huff, Curator of Collections


STEVE IRVINE, title unknown, date unknown, clay with glaze Gift of Arlene Kennedy, 2015

January 17th to March 27th, 2016

Crossing Natures

Crossing Natures is a group exhibition that explores cross-generational influences and affinities, and a lineage of feminism, found in the work of Joyce Wieland (1931-1998), Christiane Pflug (1936-1972), Janet Morton and Mélanie Rocan. Crossing Natures looks at the idea of thresholds that convey aspects of our relationship to habitat and the natural world.

Guest Curated by Paul Petro, Director of Paul Petro Contemporary Art


MELANIE ROCAN,Meeting in the Middle, 2011, oil, acrylic and watercolour on canvas, Collection of George Hartman and Arlene Goldman

January 17th to March 27th , 2016

Our Cosmic Geometries

The works by Dermott Wilson and Lesczek Wyczolkowski are inspired by the “magical” philosophies and cosmologies of Sir Robert Fludd, the last of the great British Alchemists. The artists will invite the city to help create a pseudo-scientific map of the community’s circles that will be interpreted and presented in accordance with some of Sir Robert’s ideas about microcosm and macrocosm.

Coordinated by Robert Alton, Exhibitions Coordinator



DERMOT WILSON, Notches and Spirals C6 (Owen), 2016, pencil on Arches paper, Collection of the Artist

January 17th to March 27th , 2016

The River in the Tree

Close engagement with the material qualities inherent to each form and medium has served as the foundation for Yechel Gagnon’s artistic practice, encompassing plywood bas-reliefs, embossed prints, frottage drawings, etchings, cast-aluminum works and large-scale architectural installations. In The River in the Tree, Gagnon carves and creates sculptural bas-reliefs in response to existing works in the TOM’s permanent collection, creating new work that challenges ideas around landscape, environmental issues and the inevitable forces of nature. The River in the Tree reveals the symbiosis between the natural and the man-made; how they coexist and relate in nature. Gagnon’s works have been exhibited in more than twenty solo exhibitions and over fifty group shows in commercial galleries, artist-run centres and museums across Canada, in the United States, China and France. Yechel Gagnon lives in Montreal and is represented by the Cynthia Reeves Gallery in New Hampshire and Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art in Calgary.

Curated by Heather Hughes, Curator of Temporary Exhibitions

Yechel Gagnon, The River in the Tree I, 2015, carved custom-made plywood of tinted & exotic veneers


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Arrival, 2006 – 2007, ceramic tableau altered with honeycomb by the honeybees, Courtesy of the Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario

September 20th 2015 to January 10th 2016

Denouement: Memories of the Hive

For two decades Aganetha Dyck has been collaborating with bees, creating her signature works. That collaboration is over and these are the last works that she has produced with them. This exhibition is a goodbye and a thank you to the bees.

Curated by Virginia Eichhorn, Director and Chief Curator

ARTHUR HEMING (1870-1940), The Abitibi Fur Brigade, c. 1930, oil on canvas, Bequest of Bruce A. Krug of Chesley, 2013

September 20th 2015 to January 10th 2016

A Century of Canadian Art Revisited

An exploration of the 77th Anniversary of A Century of Canadian Art at the Tate Gallery in 1938.   Recent acquisition by Arthur Heming was part of that exhibition, supplemented by works from the permanent collection of artists who were also included in the exhibition.

Curated by Robert Alton, Exhibitions Coordinator

Train Dreams, Installation Photo

September 20 2015 to January 10 2016

Train Dreams

A multimedia installation by Artists Simon Brothers, Nick Kuepfer, Mark Preseton and Luke Mistruzzi. A collection of video images, old and new, that blend together like fragments of memories.

Curated by Heather Hughes, Curator of Temporary Exhibitions

FRASER THOMSON (1886-1967), Paynter’s Bay, c. 1954, oil on canvas board, Gift of the John and Catherine Todd, 2015

September 20 2015 to January 10 2016

In the Footsteps of Local Artists

An exhibition of works from the Collection, which looks at the relationship between the artist’s interpretation and the actual location.

Curated by David Huff, Curator of Collections

SONNY ASSU, Longing | soif, 2011, reclaimed cedar, brass mount , courtesy of the artist

June 14th to September 13th 2015

De Colonize Me

Decolonize Me features six contemporary Aboriginal artists (Sonny Assu, Vancouver BC, Jordan Bennett, Stephenville Crossing NL, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Toronto ON, Nigit’stil Norbert, Yellowknife NT, Barry Pottle, Nunatsiavut NL, Bear Witness, Ottawa ON) whose works challenge, interrogate and reveal Canada’s long history of colonization in daring and innovative ways. Deliberately riffing on the title of Morgan Spurlock’s film, the pop-cultural phenomenon Super Size Me (2004), the exhibition’s title emphasizes the importance of recognizing the role of the individual within larger discussions of shared colonial histories and present-day cultural politics. In the context of the recent efforts of many Indigenous communities to assert their sovereignty and right to self-determination, the artists in this exhibition explore the issues and outcomes of both colonization and decolonization while exposing how these processes have impacted Aboriginal and settler Canadian identity, both individual and collective.

Curated by Heather Igloliorte

Organized and Circulated by Ottawa Art Gallery and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

DELAINE LA BAS, Name: Unknown…Gypsies?(detail), 2014, mixed media installation, black and white A0 prints with hand embellished and hand printed fabrics, Collection of The Artist, Courtesy of Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin

June 14th to September 13th 2015

Delaine Le Bas & Scott Benesiinaabandan: From ‘Artificial Curiosities’ ? To Art

Artist and English Romani Gypsy Delaine Le Bas, lives and works in various locations across Europe. Her artistic practice consists of various sized installations that combine mixed media and include sound, performance and film. The works deal with issues of exclusion and stereotypes that are far reaching and ingrained into the human consciousness. Untold histories, exclusion based on difference and misrepresentation loom large in the works incorporating bi lingual texts produced with her son Damian James Le Bas. This exhibition will provide an opportunity to look at the disenfranchisement of the Romani and First Nations people of Canada.

Guest Curated by Theo Sims

CORNELIUS KRIEGHOFF (1815- 1872), Upper Reaches of the Ottawa, 1858, oil on canvas, Gift of an Anonymous Donor, 2001

June 14th to September 13th 2015

Path of the Paddle (Selections from the Collection ) 

From the Aboriginal birch bark to the Olympic racing craft, the canoe is one of Canada’s most iconic symbols. The vessel’s development and history parallels that of our country. The canoe is synonymous with Tom Thomson, and his mysterious death, but many artists have used the canoe as subject matter.

Curated by David Huff, Curator of Collections

Installation Photo (left) BARBARA HOWARD, White Sun and Evening Shore, 2000, oil on canvas, Gift of the Artistic Estate of Barbara Howard, 2008 (right) JEANNIE THIB and MICAH LEXIER, Pairs, 1993, steel and fluorescent lights, Gift from Jeannie Thib, 2003

June 14th to September 13th 2015

Into the Light

Light makes art possible. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015 as the “International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies”. This exhibition investigates the importance of light as a source of artistic inspiration, as subject matter and material.

Curated by Raymond Angus, Spring Co-op Student  and David Huff, Curator of Collections

«Casse-tête» - Vase à l’autoportrait, 2011, porcelain, glaze, pigments, gold, steel strapping, screws and bolts, Courtesy of the Artist

March 22nd to June 7th 2015

Laurent Craste; Shards of Vanity

Craste’s artwork explores the many layers and meanings of decorative collectibles: as indicators of social status and class, and demonstrators of power, wealth and politics. He is fascinated by vandalism, especially that which accompanies revolution “when the works of art are destroyed because they incarnate an ideology, or symbolize a specific social class.”

Curated by Robert Alton, Exhibitions Coordinator

SCOTT EVERINGHAM, The History of Diamonds, 2015, oil on canvas

March 22nd to June 7th 2015

Scott Everingham; Nothing is Too Dear

Everingham’s work investigates the act of painting as a tool to create familiar yet fictional environments.  Nothing is Too Dear reveals shifts in the paint application itself and a removal of the image.  As though a work of art existed before the removal, the dragging and depositing of the surface paint allows for a clean start; a second painting; new imagery.

Curated by Heather Hughes, Curator of Temporary Exhibitions

TIM MAYCOCK, Monkfish, 1988, blown glass, mild steel and patinated copper, Gallery purchase with funds from the estate of George McQuaig, 1991

March 22nd to June 7th 2015

Menagerie: Animals in the Gallery’s Collection    

This exhibition features some of the animals kept in the Gallery’s Collection. From Tom Thomson to George McLean, many Canadian artists have used animal as subject matter.

Curated by David Huff, Curator of Collections

ALLEN SMUTYLO, No Bites (Alf Carver) 1973, ink on paper ( A/P ed. 40 copper plate etching), Gift of the Artist, 2009 Framing courtesy of Joan Hawksbridge

March 22nd to June 7th 2015

Allen Smutylo: The Silent Storyteller

Using selections from the Gallery’s Collection, this exhibition reveals Smutylo’s interest in places of challenging geography, and the people who thrive there.  This display runs in tandem with Smutylo’s play The Portrait put on by OSLT at the Roxy in April.

Curated by Joan Hawksbridge, Gallery Volunteer and David Huff, Curator of Collections

JAMES SEBESTA, Ms M 2 from the Persona Series, 2014, acrylic and oil on canvas, Courtesy of the Artist

January 18th to March 15th 2015

James Sebesta:  Persona

A retrospective exploring the various bodies of work Sebesta has created throughout this career as an artist.

A large range of themes and imagery for a retrospective.  Imagery includes still life, abstract descriptions and personal and public works associated with mental illness and disability that relate to perceptual psychology.

Curated by Heather Hughes, Curator of Temporary Exhibitions

SHARON COOK, Light Coincidence, 1985, mixed media on plywood, Gift of Jane MacKay Wright, 2011

January 18th to March 15th 2015

Community Curators Select VII

Have you ever wondered what it is like to wear the white gloves, examine or handle artworks from a collection of over 2000 pieces, select work to be part of an exhibition for a public audience? Does the idea of being a curator appeal to you, even if it is only one time? Community Curators Select is a unique opportunity to become part of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery’s curatorial team and help choose works from the Permanent Collection. For $100, you can participate in the special selection session and make your personal choice of a work from the collection. All funds raised through Community Curators Select will be directed to our Collections Management Fund, which allows for the conservation, restoration and preservation of works in the collection. 


BERTHA M. INGLE, Watching the Artist, c. 1914, oil on canvas, Private Collection

January 18th to March 15th 2015

Bertha M. Ingle

Bertha was born in 1878 in Puslinch Township, and was christened Bertha May Ingle.

She grew up in Owen Sound, and lived most of her adult life in Toronto, where she died October 20, 1962. She left hundreds of paintings, drawings, and sketches created during a long and productive life.

Bertha M Ingle loved to paint nature, and she loved being outdoors, often painting en plein air.

I want to express so much more than just the surface effects,
and they are difficult enough, you know. Can anything be
much more elusive than light and movement? But I love
them well enough I think never to grow tired of trying.
[1930, in a letter to a friend]

Curated by Robert Alton, Exhibitions Coordinator


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TIM WHITEN, Homage to St. James, 1990, slate, plywood, human hair, human skull, Courtesy of Olga Korper Gallery (now in the Permanent Collection of the Tom Thomson Gallery)

September 21st, 2014 to January 11th 2015

If It Weren’t for the War

If It Weren’t for the War brings together Allan Harding MacKay and Dick Averns (contemporary official war artists), Tim Whiten (a Vietnam Veteran) and Tina Poplawski (whose family was interned in Siberian gulags during the Second World War, suffering post traumatic stress that was visited upon subsequent generations in her family).  Each of these artists will draw upon their personal experiences to create work responding to the theme.

Curated by Virginia Eichhorn, Director and Chief Curator

REUBEN JUKES (1887-1959), Writing Home (France), L/C Knight of A Coy. 20th Bn., Writing Letter 1918, 1918, watercolour on paper mounted on card, Courtesy of Donald Jukes

September 21st, 2014 to January 11th 2015

The Art of Private Jukes 

While overseas during the Great War, many soldiers documented their experiences in journals, letters home and in drawings.  Private Jukes was one such young man.  During his time of service he created hundreds of drawings, watercolours and pen and ink sketches depicting not only battle scenes and their aftermath but also moments of pastoral beauty that could still be found in the French countryside.

Curated by Robert Alton, Exhibitions Coordinator

J. C. HEYWOOD, Japan Paper with Ink 1982, ink with chine colle on paper (ed. # 4/40 lithograph), Gift of Lynn and Stephen Smart, 1994

September 21st, 2014 to January 11th 2015

Autumn Colours, Selections from the Gallery’s Collection

Of all the visual elements of art, colour has the most immediate impact on us. Our reaction to it is complex, and has been a subject of considerable study by artists and psychologists. This autumn, we showcase the artists’ use of a single colour to create that big impact.

Curated by Aly Mulvaney-Courtois with David Huff, Curator of Collections

WILLIAM RONALD (1926—1998), Two Nudes, 1962, oil on canvas, Courtesy of Christopher Cutts Gallery

May 30th to September 14th 2014

William Ronald & Alexandra Luke

Works by William Ronald, who was the driving force behind the formation in 1953 of the Painters Eleven, a group that introduced abstraction to Canadian art, and Alexandra Luke, an artist who organized the Canadian Abstract Exhibition which lead to the formation of the Painters Eleven.  The exhibition will focus on works that remain in the family – and will underscore the tension and difficulties in maintaining an artistic practice and balancing a family life as well.

Curated by Virginia Eichhorn, Director and Cheif Curator

ANN MARIE MacDONALD, The Homefront, 2014, Installation Photo

May 30th to September 14th 2014

The Homefront

The Homefront is an installation by Ann Marie Hadcock which uses the stories of the women left behind when the men went off to war, as her source of inspiration.

A large-scale installation of knitted socks to represent the women who knitted socks for soldiers in WWI.

Handwritten letters from the department at McMaster University Libraries written between Marion Simpson’s knitters and soldiers during WWI will be displayed to give more context to the installation.

Curated by Heather Hughes, Curator of Temporary Exhibitions

JAMES W. BEATTY (1869-1941), Loraine, 1931, oil on canvas, Gift of Dr. & Mrs. G.W. Archibald, 1983

May 30th to September 14th 2014

Into the Woods

Bringing domesticity to the wilds.

Curated by David Huff, Curator of Collections and Robert Alton Exhibitions Coordinator




January 12 to March 23, 2014

Har-Prakash Khalsa: Turn Towards, Turn Away

Artist’s talk January 12, 1:00 pm

Curated by Virginia Eichhorn, Director and Chief Curator

Har-Prakash Khalsa is interested in the inner and outer causes and conditions that keep us fascinated and repelled by what some might call “dark” or “difficult” subject matter. This exhibition questions how can we personally contemplate the nature of evil, or death, or war? What happens viscerally to us when we voluntarily turn towards and rub up against these topics with an open heart, with consciousness and willingness to change?


Setting: land

Artist’s talk with Kevin Lee Burton, Saturday January 11 at 1:00 pm

Curated by Suzanne Morrissette

Setting: land brings together works by four artists – Kevin Lee Burton (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Kaoru Ryan Klatt (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Kade Twist (Phoenix, Arizona), and Anna Tsouhlarakis (Washington, DC). Through their video and installation-based artworks, each artist considers land as both a source of inspiration and a setting for enacting stories and experiences.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Curatorial Projects Touring program.


Thomson & Jackson – An Artistic Dialogue

Selections from the Collection

Curated by David Huff, Curator of Collections

Tom Thomson and A. Y. Jackson first meet in November of 1913. With similar artistic dreams and limiting financial constraints, they started sharing work space in January 1914 in the newly opened Studio Building. Thomson taught Jackson about canoe trips and fishing; Jackson taught Thomson about painting and colour. Their influence on each other over subsequent years can be seen in each other’s art work. Jackson’s quote “this thing is of too great importance to miss” is memorialized in a sculpture by Micah Lexier on the top of the Gallery.


The Sky’s the Limit

Selections from the Collection

Curated by Chelsea Friesen, Collections Assistant

From the eastern seascapes, to the prairie flat lands, to the western Rockies, Canadian landscapes predominantly focus on these undeniably diverse settings. In her recent research, while working with the Gallery’s Collection, Friesen found that many Canadian artists have raised their eyes above the horizon and looked to the sky as the subject.

Chelsea joins the Gallery through the Youth Employment Fund Program, funded by the Ontario Government and facilitated through the YMCA Employment Services.


March 30 to May 25, 2014

Convergence 50th Juried Exhibition

Opening Reception March 30, 2:00 pm

This exciting juried exhibition surveys new work from studios across the region. It is an opportunity for established and emerging artists to place their work alongside their peers, and for the gallery-going public to sample what is new and hot…to find out what artists are thinking about.

A Studio: Theo Sims

Curated by Virginia Eichhorn, Director and Chief Curator

Theo Sims is originally from Brighton, England. His practice is socially engaged. He’s exhibited across Canada and Europe and his work has been reviewed in publications including The New York Times, Maclean’s, C Magazine and Border Crossings. In this conceptual project, Sims takes the idea of how we look and react to artifacts and ephemera of artists, specifically the way we are enchanted by Tom’s “stuff”, and draws a parallel with interest in his belongings and environment through the imaginative creation/recreation of Governor General for the Arts recipient’s Aganetha Dyck’s studio.

Look What We Have!

The TOM could not function without the valuable support of our amazing volunteers and patrons.  As a way of celebrating their contributions, volunteers and patrons have selected pieces from the permanent collection, acquired since 2010.  Artists represented include John Abrams, Aganetha Dyck, Diana Thorneycroft, Tim Whiten and Arthur Heming.

The Many Faces of the Gallery
Lower Foyer

Curated by David Huff Curator of Collections, and Chelsea Friesen, Collections Assistant

A selection of portraits from the Gallery’s Collection showcasing not only the person on the front of the artwork, but the people behind the artwork – the artist who created it, the donor who gave it, the community volunteer who sat on a committee to get it. These are some of the many faces of the Gallery.









  • David Milne

Selections from the Gallery’s collection.

  • Lorne Wagman and Paul Stankard: Outsiders

Paul Stankard and Lorne Wagman both turn to the natural outside world as a source of inspiration for their work.

  • Virginia Smith: A Life

Best known as a glass artist, this body of work sees the artist move into a realm of sculpture and installation, visually interpreting how people with autism experience and perceive the world around them.

  • The Murky Marshes of Memory

This exhibit offers an opportunity for viewers to explore the less-documented times in Thomson’s life.

  • Gordon Monahan: Seeing Sound

Seeing Sound is a thirty-year overview of internationally renowned sound and multimedia artist Gordon Monahan’s career.

  • David Alexander: The Shape of Place

Lake Country-based artist David Alexander works in a modern landscape idiom and has travelled so widely so that his imagery is international, as well as depicting many regions of Canada.  This exhibition is organized and circulated by the Kelowna Art Gallery.

  • Jon Sasaki: More Still Than Still

More Still Than Still In this exhibition, Sasaki works directly with the Tom Thomson Art Gallery’s permanent collection paintings, drawings and artefacts to create new works that challenge ideas around motion, the thematic of resistance and the inevitable forces of nature.

  • Tom Benner: Call of the Wild

This exhibition features a selection of works that span the career of London artist Tom Benner. The works reflect on our relationship with the natural world and explore issues of threat and survival.

  • Keith Campbell:  A Journey Through the Past

Master ceramicist Keith Campbell has worked for three years on this thematic exhibition of porcelin works that coalesce to become a historical compendium, a sarcastic satirical look at the rebels and artists that have shaped the course of Canadian history.

  • Carl Schaefer:  The Sensitive Interpreter

Selections from the Gallery’s permanet collection.

  • Ann Beam: The Engine Room

Ann Beam takes commonplace, everyday, marginalized materials and presents them in epic proportions.

  • Community Curators Select VI

One of our annual favourites, Community Curators features work from the Gallery’s permanent collection selected ny members of the public.








Selections from the Gallery’s Permanent Collection of works pre 1912.

Barbara Todd is an interdisciplinary artist and the exhibition consists of a sculptural installation.

Gallery’s Annual Juried exhibition is open to all artists residing in Ontario working in any medium.

Art Show and Silent Auction – 18 artists who created pieces out of the old spire at St. George’s church

An exhibition in the lower lobby of the Gallery and installations at Heritage Place Mall features the work of Street Artist Joel Richardson.