Congratulations Tom Smart–Beaverbrook Art Gallery Director and CEO

Big news, Quill fans! We’re pleased and excited to share the news that PQL author, editor, and all-around awesome Quill friend Tom Smart will become the new Director and CEO of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is a cultural gem that strives to recognize and celebrate Canada’s two official language communities as well as the culture of the country’s First Nations Peoples. It is known for its collections of British and Canadian (particularly Atlantic Canadian) art, and it has a reputation for presenting dynamic, engaging and diverse artistic content for all.

Of course, we think that with his tireless enthusiasm, his unparalleled store of knowledge about Canadian art, and of course his impressive resume and publications list, Tom will be a huge asset to the gallery.

In light of this exciting news, we wanted to take a moment to remind you of some of the great work he has accomplished in recent years.

Tom Smart

Who is Tom Smart?

  • A gallery director, curator, essayist, speaker and organizer of numerous exhibitions about Canadian and international art
  • Author of many award-winning books that explore the relationship between poetry, printmaking and the book arts, journal writing and painting, and graphic novels and wordless narratives
  • Has been recognized with a silver medal in the Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards and one in the eLit Awards
  • Regularly writes for the Devil’s Artisan, Canadian Notes & Queries, and the Saint John Telegraph-Journal
  • Has worked in art galleries across Canada and the United States, including the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, the Frick in Pittsburgh, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and now, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

What has he worked on?

Tom Smart Books

Tom Smart Devil's Artisan Issues

What are people saying about his work?

  • “Tom Smart has done an extraordinary job of compiling, deciphering and interpreting Chambers’ perceptual philosophy. That he has done so in clear, unambiguous prose, free of critical or academic affectation, is an achievement in itself. The Red and Green manuscript that he has forensically recontructed is more than just an artistic or perceptual manifesto, it is a testament to Jack Chambers’ deeply self-transformative vision.” —Christopher Dewdney, award-winning Canadian poet and author
  • ‘Informed and informative, profusely illustrated, impressively insightful, and thoroughly “reader friendly” in organization and presentation, Palookaville: Seth and the Art of Graphic Autobiography is a “must” for the legions of Seth fans.’ —Midwest Book Review


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Where can I find more about Tom Smart?


Congratulations, Tom, from all of us at the Porcupine’s Quill. We’re so proud!


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