Arthur Lismer
(1885 - 1969)
  Arthur Lismer was born in Sheffield, England in 1885. Following seven years at the Sheffield School of Art, and a further three studying at the Academie Royale de Beaux-Arts in Antwerp, he immigrated to Toronto in 1911 where he joined the Grip Engraving Company.

There he met Tom Thomson, J.E.H. MacDonald, Frank Carmichael and Frank (later Franz) Johnston who introduced him to the Arts & Letters Club and Lawren Harris. A friend from Sheffield, Fred Varley, immigrated in 1912, and A.Y. Jackson moved from Montreal in 1913. These artists (with the exception of Thomson, who died prematurely in 1917) held their first exhibition as the Group of Seven in 1920.

Thomson was responsible for awakening the interest of his friends in painting the rugged northern Ontario landscape. Lismer became most closely associated with his paintings and drawings of Georgian Bay, which he visited for the first time in 1913. The Georgian Bay area remained an artistic inspiration for Lismer throughout his life.

While best known for his painting, Lismer had a distinguished career as an art educator. Beginning as principal of the Victoria School of Art and Design (now the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) in Halifax from 1916-1919, he became VP of the Ontario College of Art in 1919. From 1927-1938 he was educational supervisor at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the AGO) where he established the children's classes that continue to this day. He taught in South Africa 1936-1937 and was visiting professor at Columbia College, New York in 1938. From 1941-1967 he ran the Montreal Children's Centre, affiliated with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Lismer was a member of the Arts & Letters Club from 1911 until his death in 1969.