Our Exhibits

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.

Past Exhibitions

A Curator's View: Ian Thom Selects

September 22, 2018 to March 17, 2019


Jock Macdonald
Fall (Modality 16), 1937
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Acquisition Fund

A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects unites historical and contemporary works as selected by Ian M. Thom, former Senior Curator–Historical, from the permanent collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Over his thirty-year tenure at the Gallery as Senior Curator, Thom has curated more than eighty exhibitions and stewarded hundreds of acquisitions. Deliberately personal, this exhibition focuses on one curator’s selection of highlights from the more than 12,000 works in the Gallery’s collection, offering an individual take on what is important in the Gallery’s holdings and why. This exhibition openly interrogates both the personal meaning and the larger institutional importance of the works on view and will provide insight into a curator’s thought process in bringing works into the Gallery’s collection. A Curator’s View includes a wide range of works by local, national and international artists in a wide variety of media including installation, painting, photography, sculpture and works on paper, and highlights the breadth and depth of the Gallery’s collection.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian M. Thom, former Senior Curator–Historical


SEP 25
4th Floor
In the Gallery

Curator's Tour: Ian Thom
View from the Inside

Join us for a tour of the exhibition A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects with Ian Thom, former Senior Curator—Historical, to gain new insight into important works from the Gallery’s permanent collection through Thom’s personal reflections and deep knowledge of the Gallery’s expansive holdings.

Free for members or with Gallery admission.