virginia gail smith

Curriculum Vitae
Public Art

2019     Wiidosendiwag+WalkingTogether+Marchons Ensemble Tour Plaques and seating, in collaboration with local Indigenous studies students, traditional knowledge keepers, Elders and community. InstallationOctober 2019.

2017     Wiidosendiwag+Walking Together+MarchonsEnsemble Tour, a Truth And Reconciliation walking tour project consisting of five sculptures and twenty five audio stories in three languages, in collaboration with traditional knowledge keepers, Elders, and community,, Owen Sound, ON. Sculpture andaudio stories. Permanent Installation June 2017.

2016     Urban Forest, First Capital Realty & Longo’s, Shops of Oakville South Mall, Oakville, ON.


2023     Outside the Box, Regenerative Art, Fredric Remington Art Museum, juried by Nolan Fedorow, Ogdensburg, NY, USA.

2022     Collage2022, John B. Aird Gallery online group exhibition/publication, juried by Sebastian Miller and Ken Moffatt, Toronto, ON.

2019     Taking Care, Abbozzo, solo show of sculpture and video, Toronto, ON.

                GradEx 104,OCADU, Toronto, ON.

2018     Rituals, Samtam Art Mine Gallery, group show, photography,video,Jeongseon, South Korea.

                Rituals, Osaka University, group show, video, Osaka, Japan.

2017     Agora, Yorkville Festival, First Capital Realty, scuplture, Toronto,ON.

2016     Agora, Yorkville Festival, First Capital Realty, photography,Toronto, ON.

2014     Rest in me, OCADU, sculpture, Toronto, ON

               Convergence, Tom Thomson ArtGallery, juried show, video, Owen Sound ON.

2013     A Life, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, solo show of installation art; video,photography and interactive sculpture,Owen Sound ON.

2005    Engine Gallery, group show, fused glass wall piece, Toronto, ON.

2004    The Artful Gallery, group show, glass sculpture, Walkerton, ON.

2002    Square Roots, Gallery Stratford, 3-person show, glass sculpture and panels,Stratford, ON.

2001    Symbology, glass sculpture, touring group show, Rebecca Gallery, Toronto,ON, Durham Art Gallery,      Durham, ON.

2000   Symbology, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, glass sculpture, touringgroup show, Waterloo, ON. 

               Image, Light & Structure,Galleria Glass, glass sculpture and panels, group show, 1992-95, 1990, Pontiac Michigan, USA.

               Fragile X series, Bruno’s GlassGallery, Besancon France.

1999    Turning on the Light, glass and videoinstallation, touring group show, Owen Sound ON, Durham Art       Gallery,Durham ON.

1997     Entrances, York Quay Gallery, HarbourfrontCentre, group show, glass installation, Toronto ON.

               Elemental Architecture, Homer WatsonHouse and Gallery, one person show, glass and video   installation, Kitchener ON.

1994    still land life scapes, Durham Art Gallery,two person show of glass sculpture and video   installation,      Durham ON.

               North of Highway 89, group show,mixed media glass, 1990, Durham ON.

               Refractions/Directions, Clay &Glass Gallery, glass show, 1994, Waterloo, ON. 

1992    Insights,Wellington County Museum andArchives, group glass show, Elora ON.


Minneapolis School of Art and Design, Master candidate in the Sustainability Design Program, 2021-2024.

Ontario College of Art and Design University, BFA Sculpture/Installation, 2019.

Corning Museum (Corning NY) Lampworking workshop with DaneJack, Margaret Neher 2008, Chris Rice 2010. 

Emilio Santini (Murano), Venetian Lampworking Techniques, AtlantaGeorgia USA, 2008.

Udo Zembok (Germany), Le Centre InternationalDuVitrail, Glass: Light and colour, Chartres France,1995.

Gundar Robez, Ontario College of Art, 1988-89.


Connecting the Sound, Summer 2023.

The Sun-Times, Open Doors, June 2018.

The Grey Bruce Mosaic, 2018.

Bedroom Portraits, Curator Dawn Howie, May 2018.

The Sun-Times, July 8, 2017.

Observer Magazine, Insight, July 2017. 

OCADU Website, May 2016.

The Sun-Times, October 2003.

The Durham Chronicle, July 8, 1998.

Glass Art, Wind’s Eye Gallery, March/April, 1998.

AISG FlatGlass Journal, Spring, Fall, 1997, Leadline, Colour, 1994 Issue.

AISG Bulletin, In Review, Winter 1994-95 Issue, Featured Artist, Summer 1990 Issue. StainedGlass Quarterly, Winter 1989 Issue.

Awards and Grants

OCADU-CO steering committee for Fineline formerly called Craft, 2022.

Owen Sound Cultural Heritage Award 2020.

YMCA Owen Sound Peace Medal Nomination 2019.

Grey Bruce Community Foundation, capital and project grant 2018. (partner First United Church)

Finalist, NeighbourhoodRooftop Sculpture Competition, 2018.

Finalist, BruceCounty 150 Sculpture Competition, 2017.

United Church, Truth and Justice Fund Grant, 2017. (partner First United Church)

Toronto ConferenceRight Relations Grant, 2016. (partner First United Church)

Canada 150 Grant, Grey Bruce Community Foundation, 2016. (partner First United Church)

First CapitalRealty, Sculpture Competition, winner, 2016.

Ontario ArtsCouncil, Exhibition Assistance Grant, 2013.

Ontario ArtsCouncil, Exhibition Assistance Grant, 2000.

Second Place, “Image, light and structure”, Michigan USA, 1996.

Ontario ArtsCouncil Craftsperson Grant, 1994.

Ontario ArtsCouncil, Exhibition Assistance Grant, 1994.

Third Place,“Image, light and structure”, Michigan USA, 1992.

Canada Metaland Wire Award, “Insights”, Wellington County Museum & Archives, Elora ON,1992.

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