Top Canadian Charcoal Art Exhibits for 2013

Make a point this year to step away from the easel and explore the leading charcoal artist showcased at museums throughout Canada. To get you started on your journey here is list of note worthy exhibitions that utilize charcoal as either their primary or complimentary medium. Some of the featured exhibits already scheduled for the 2013 calendar year in Canada include:

The Rooms (Newfoundland)


Betty Goodwin
Through February 2013, the works of well-known contemporary artist Betty Goodwin can be viewed at The Rooms gallery and museum in the exhibit entitled Darkness and Memory. While her works represent a wide range of mediums and styles, many of the pieces shown within this exhibit utilize charcoal in combination with pastels to explore human conditions from the artist’s point of view.


The Rooms

9 Bonaventure Avenue
St. John’s, Newfoundland

National Gallery of Canada Permanent Charcoal Exhibits/Pieces (Ontario)


Landscape with Ruin - Antoine Vollon


Permanent pieces of art featuring charcoal techniques can be found when visiting the National Gallery of Canada. Varying sizes, subject matters and combinations of techniques and medium selections can be viewed by simply taking a stroll through this beautiful gallery.

National Gallery of Canada

380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec)


Clarence Gagnon
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts both showcases charcoal pieces in their permanent collection and highlights artists and pieces using this medium throughout the year. You can preview the works that are on hand by scanning the most recent annual report, or you can simply pop on in to gain some inspiration by walking through the exhibit halls.


1380 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec

Permanent Charcoal Drawings Collections (British Columbia)

While no current charcoal drawings are scheduled for exhibitions in the early part of 2013, there is a varied selection of charcoal drawings and mixed media works within the permanent collections of two major museums within the British Columbia province: The Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1040 Moss Street Victoria,
British Columbia
The exhibit listings outlined above represent a small sampling of what you can find if you search not only your local area, but your national galleries throughout the year. Be sure to get on the mailing or email lists of galleries in your local area to keep abreast of works being shown. With the right inspiration, any work is possible!

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