Tom Smart is the Executive Director and CEO of the McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, and the President of the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. For seven years he was Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he developed an ambitious international exhibition program, and at the same time, he was appointed a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. He served as Acting Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery from 1997 until 1999 and was Curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton from 1989 to 1997. Smart is the author of nine books and catalogues. His most recent book is the critically acclaimed Alex Colville: Return, which moved criticism of Colville’s works to a new intellectual level. His 1995 book The Art of Mary Pratt: The Substance of Light won the Atlantic Provinces Booksellers Association Booksellers Choice Award, the Studio Magazine Award of Merit, and the Printing Industries of America Award of Merit. It was included in Great Canadian Books of the Century.
Terry Graff is an accomplished visual artist, the recipient of major public sculpture commissions, and the first
recipient of the Christina Sabat Award for Art Criticism in Atlantic Canada, sponsored by the Sheila Hugh
MacKay Foundation. His work has been featured in numerous one-person and group exhibitions, and is
included in many public and private collections across the country. Currently serving as Curator and Deputy
Director at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, his extensive career in the visual arts includes holding the position of
Executive Director of three public art galleries in three different provinces of Canada: the Mendel Art Gallery,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Rodman Hall Arts Centre, St. Catharines, Ontario; and Confederation Centre Art Gallery & Museum, Charlottetown, PEI.
Joan Murray, an independent curator and art historian, is considered one of the most accessible of Canadian art writers and has studied and exhibited Tom Thomson for four decades. Since the late 1960s, she has been a curator of several institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, and director of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa (1974-99) and the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery in Kleinburg (2005-6). Murray was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1992 and has been honoured with the Senior Award from the Association of Cultural Executives, the Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Order of Ontario. She lives in Toronto, Ontario