Esteemed alumnus Gordon Smith, (Class of '46), is one of Canada's most revered and honoured artists. A world-renowned painter and former faculty member, his significant contribution as an artist and educator spans 60 years.
Born June 18, 1919 in East Brighton, England, Mr. Smith continues to be a passionate champion of arts education who works in his studio every day, pushing his practice in new directions. A painter, printmaker, sculptor, and teacher, Gordon Smith was an influential faculty member of the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University) from 1946 – 1956.
Mr. Smith's many major awards include the Order of Canada (1996); the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts (2007); and the Governor General's Award for Visual and Media Arts (2009). His works are held in collections around the world including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.