The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2007

Silcox

Silcox

David P. Silcox - Biography

David Silcox has had a distinguished and varied career as a writer, educator, cultural administrator and arts advocate. Currently the president of Sotheby’s Canada, Silcox first emerged on the Canadian art scene at Hart House at the University of Toronto; in 1961, he helped organize the massive Canadian Conference of the Arts at Toronto’s O’Keefe Centre; he also organized the first Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. In 1962, The Globe and Mail – where he later worked as art critic – named him “Man of the Year in Art.” In 1965, he joined the Canada Council as its first Arts Officer; over the next five years, he helped create a system of grants for artists and arts organizations. In 1970, he moved to York University to help shape the new Faculty of Fine Arts. Before joining Sotheby’s, Silcox was the director of the University of Toronto Art Centre. He has served on the boards of numerous cultural organizations and has written several outstanding books on Canadian art and artists, including David Milne and the Group of Seven. He wrote a chapter in Art at Work/Art au Travail, a history of the Canada Council Art Bank published this year. The jury described his contributions as “remarkable and with purpose,” and noted his efforts in paving the way for young artists. David Silcox lives in Toronto.