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H. Faulkner Smith Academy of Art (1931 - 1933)
H. Faulker Smith School of Applied & Fine Art (1933 - 1950?)
H. Faulkner Smith Academy of Art (1950? - ?)

The H. Faulkner Smith Academy of Art was founded by H. Faulkner Smith in Vancouver in 1931. It was originally located at 3842 Oak Street, but by 1941-42 was located downtown in the Marine Building on Burrard Street. By the 1933-34 school year the school's name was changed to the H. Faulkner Smith School of Applied and Fine Art. It remained that way until at least 1946-47. By 1950-51 the name had been changed back to the original Academy of Art.

Scans of the 1933-34 Prospectus, courtesy Randall Smith, the artist's grandson.

The school had group exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1934, 1935, 1936, and 1937.

Irvine Adams, Jack Bundy, Denver Gillen, and Brandwyn Upham were students at the school at different times.

An undated Prospectus c1936 for the Academy had a list of "Students Successfully Placed as Artists."

Scans of the 1941-42 Prospectus, courtesy Randall Smith, the artist's grandson.

A 1942 article in The Province noted that the 12th Annual Exhibition of student work was open for viewing. Students named in the article are Audrey Finlayson, William Massey, and Harold Broadhead. The 1946-47 Prospectus noted that Harold Broadhead, C.A.C., had been killed in action.



Scans of the 1946-47 Prospectus, courtesy Randall Smith, the artist's grandson.

The Editor does not know when the school closed. The latest Prospectus seen is the 1950-51 copy, although the 1946-47 copy was marked up by Smith for re-issue in 1952-53 (see scans). In any case the school was open for more than twenty years, through the Depression and World War Two, quite a remarkable record for what was essentially a one-man teaching operation for much of its existence.


1934 June 29 - July 8 Vancouver Art Gallery 4th Annual
1935 June 21 - 30 Vancouver Art Gallery 5th Annual
1936 June 26 - July 5 Vancouver Art Gallery 6th Annual
1937 June 25 - July 4 Vancouver Art Gallery 7th Annual



"In the Domain of Art" by Reta W. Myers
     Daily Province, June 13 1936

"Display By Students" by Palette
     Daily Province, July 2 1942

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