The Gordon Smith Memorial Fund

Gordon Smith on the cover of Vanguard magazine, 1976, Photo: Robert Keziere, Vancouver Art Gallery

Every so often in life, we come across a remarkable person—one who touches the lives of everyone they encounter. Gordon Smith, beloved artist, educator and philanthropist, was a figure who left an indelible mark in this world. His passing in January 2020 was a tremendous loss, and in celebration of his life and many achievements, the Vancouver Art Gallery is honouring Gordon’s legacy by establishing a memorial fund in his name.

Gordon and his wife Marion believed in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s mission so fervently that they left us an incredible $1 million through their estate. A leader in supporting excellence in education and the arts, the Jarislowsky Foundation in Montreal is matching their generosity with a special fund, created in 2021, focusing on advancing Canadian art.

Your gift will support exhibitions and publications, educational programming, art conservation and much more.

We invite you to share in Gordon and Marion’s generosity by participating in this important initiative with a gift or monthly donation.

For more information about the Gordon Smith Memorial Fund, please contact Aryana Sye, Director of Annual Giving, at 604-353-4870 or at

At Home with Gordon Smith, 2016

Film directed by Ryan Willms with cinematography and editing by Fahim Kassam, Courtesy of NOWNESS magazine

The Vancouver Art Gallery would like to thank all of the donors who have generously supported the Gordon Smith Memorial Fund to date.


Because of you, the Gordon Smith Memorial Fund will continue to provide crucial support to the Gallery’s exhibitions, publications, education and conservation programs to ensure that everyone in our community continues to have access to art.


Barbara Armstrong

Mary Lou Astoria

Daina Augaitis

Sheila Begg

Noel Best

Donna Biblow

John P. Blaney

Bratsa Bonifacho

Nancy Byrtus

Joan Campbell

Allen Challmie

Madeline M. Cheng

David Chercover

Jane B. Cherry

Linda Chinfen

Kate Clifford

Brian Coleman

Barbara Cooper

Marilyn Douglas

Frances Dowdeswell

Dr Badrinath Narayan Inc

Rob England

Christine Faron Chan

Brian Fearncombe

Laura Feeleus

Jane Flick

Maegen Giltrow

Melanie Graham

Beverley Green

Dickson Hall

Yvonne Haswell

Ashley Hilliard

Jo Lynne Hoegg

John Hooge

Norna Horner

Shou-Fang Hu-Moore

Elizabeth Hunter

Don Ingledew

Karen James through The Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver

Sheila C. Jeck

Anne Jenkins

Gerald Joe

Michael W. Jordan

Sally Kane

Lorena Kanke

Zoltan S. Kiss

Shirley Klassen

Sylvia Kwarciany

Heidi Kwong

Yolande Lafleur

Denise Lanning

Nicole Lee

Cynthia Levy

Thomas Longman

Jennifer McLintock

Kerry McPhedran

Sally Mennell

William Meyerhoff

Hilary Meredith and Michael Heeney

Milos Mihajlovic

Kenneth J. Mitchell

Donna G. Molby

Joan Monk

William Edmund Mugford

Henry Numan

Katharine Ann Pennant

Elaine Peterson

Anne B. Piternick

Jocelyn Pitsch

Muriel Playle

David Powter

Private Giving Foundation

Sherrill Purves

Zelma Rebmann-Huber

Martin Roland

Michael Seelig

John Shelbourn

Robert Shorfthouse

Danny Singer

Debra Sloan

Carrol Ann Smedley

Helen Smith

Jane J Srivastava

Andy Sylvester

Takao Tanabe

Thomas Taylor

Timothy Temple

Dharini Thiruchittampalam

Rudolf Tize

Charles Tolman

The Tuey Charitable Foundation

Lois Walker

Barbara Warner

Tracey Welsford

Tony C. Yue