Until the early 1970s, when a maturing art scene offered many alternate display opportunities, the RCA's greatest contribution to developing Canadian art was through its annual open juried exhibitions.
Considered the senior showcase for artists, they provided a consistent venue which regularly saw the work of gifted newcomers hung beside the best in the country. From the young painter Homer WATSON in 1880, through members of the Group of Seven in the 1920s, to graphic designer Allan Fleming and architect Arthur ERICKSON, painters Harold TOWN of the PAINTERS ELEVEN, as well as Jean Paul RIOPELLE of the Québec AUTOMATISTES in the 1960s, to note the emergence of major talent in these exhibitions is to trace the history of Canadian art.
Since 1970, the RCA has widened its constituency to embrace potentially all visual arts disciplines. With about 700 members distributed across the country, the Academy continues to carry out its mandate of fostering the visual arts through a program of exhibitions and publications.
Author REBECCA SISLER and NANCY HUSHION
Links to Other Sites
Panoramas: The North American Landscape in Art
This collection of historical North American landscape paintings illustrates how cultural values can influence the way people perceive and interact with their natural environment. From the Virtual Museum of Canada.
Artwork Awaiting Discovery
See an online exhibit spanning three centuries of art that are part of the collection at Montréal’s Maison Saint-Gabriel Museum. Also profiles the lives of the colourful artists who painted them. From la Maison Saint-Gabriel and the Virtual Museum of Canada.
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
The official website for the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA.) The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts is composed of over 700 established professionals working across Canada in 20 visual arts disciplines; from painting and sculpture to architecture, design, fine craft, photography and filmmaking. A pdf file.