The McMaster Museum of Art

    MURRAY, Joan
    Date: Canadian, born United States, 1943
    born 1943, New York, N.Y.

    1967-68: Ph.D. Candidate (Canadian Art), University of Toronto
    1966: M.A. (Modern Art), Columbia University, New York
    1965: B.A. (Honours Fine Art), University of Toronto
    1960-63: Art Students League, New York

    2006-12: Independent Curator and Author
    2005-06: Interim Executive Director and CEO, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
    2003-05: Adjunct Curator, The Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Unionville, Ontario
    2001-03: Independent Curator, creating exhibitions of Canadian art for public art galleries such as The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa; Art Gallery of Hamilton, Museum London, and working with other institutions such as the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
    1974-99: Director, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
    1973: Acting Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
    1970-73: Curator of Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
    1969: Research Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
    1968-69: Head of Education, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

    2003: Order of Ontario
    2000: OAAG award for recognition of significant contribution to the visual arts in the province of Ontario and the larger cultural community
    1993: The Association of Cultural Executives (ACE) award for a senior cultural manager
    1992: Elected as a Fellow, Royal Society of Canada


    A leading scholar of Tom Thomson, Ms. Murray was responsible for bringing the paintings of this visionary Canadian painter to world attention through a series of exhibitions and books, including a biography. She has recently finished the publication on-line of the catalogue raisonné of his work, an over forty-year effort (it is available at She has authored over twenty-five books on the history of Canadian art, most notably Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century (1999), Northern Lights: Masterpieces of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (1994), and McMichael Canadian Art Collection: One Hundred Masterworks (2006) and published over two hundred articles on subjects ranging from folk art to contemporary artists, in the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and other publications. Her most recent titles include A Treasury of Tom Thomson (2011).

    Solo Exhibitions
    2001-06: shows at Sticks and Stones Antiques, Toronto
    1993: The Say Goodbye Series, Russell Gallery, Lindsay
    1991: Flowers, Magic Image, Ajax
    1990: Magic Mountains, Magic Image Art Gallery, Bowmanville, Ontario
    Magic Mountains, Collingwood Public Art Gallery, Collingwood, Ontario
    Magic Mountains, Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, Ontario
    1989: Magic Mountains, Whitby Public Library, Whitby, Ontario
    Spring Flowers, By Design, Greenwood House, Greenwood, Ontario
    1987: The Stream Series, Durham Fine Art Gallery Ltd., Whitby, Ontario
    1985: Recent Paintings, Studio 925, Whitby
    Recent Paintings, Whitby Medical Centre
    1983: Little Landscapes, Studio 925, Whitby

    Selected Public and Private Collections
    Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
    The Gallery Stratford, Ontario
    Kitchener/Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener
    The Kawartha Art Gallery, Lindsay
    McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
    Norwalk Arts Centre (formerly Lynnwood Arts Centre), Simcoe, Ontario
    Peel Art Gallery, Brampton, Ontario
    The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario
    St. Michael's College, University of Toronto
    The Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario
    Thames Art Gallery, Chatham Cultural Centre, Chatham, Ontario
    Trent University, Peterborough
    University College, University of Toronto
    Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, Ontario
    Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto, Ontario
    Borden, Ladner Gervais, Toronto, Ontario
    CKCK, Regina, Saskatchewan
    Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario
    Lakecrest Hospital, Oshawa and Whitby
    Oshawa Public Library
    Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
    Rogers Cable T.V., Toronto, Ontario
    Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, Ontario
    Toronto General Hospital
    Private Collections