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Sculptor James Smith lives with his wife Susan near Madoc, Ontario. He has two sons and he was educated in Toronto, receiving his B. A. from York University and his Associate diploma from the Ontario College of Art.

He has specialized in public sculpture since 1984. He refined his specialty in stone sculpture during his tenure as Sculpture Director at Campbell Monument Company in Belleville. In collaboration with sculptors Peter LeBaron and Doug Stephens they received substantial recognition for large scale outdoor public sculpture commissions throughout North America. This work has been recognized with several awards and in 2006 Mr. Smith was inducted as a Fellow Of The American Institute of Commemorative Art.

He is the coauthor of two books: "Accentuate the Positive, Creative Arts for Children with Disabilities" Addison Wesley Publishing, Toronto, 1988 and "Createability, Creative Arts for Preschool Children with Disabilities", Communication Skill Builders Phoenix Arizona 1992.

Recent Sculpture Commissions Include:

  • In 2011, working with various stakeholders in Drumheller, Alberta and the staff at the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, a sculpture feature and park redevelopment to honour Alberta coal miners and celebrate the Atlas Coal Mine Centennial.
  • In 2012-13, a commission for a granite memorial sculpture project working closely with the Prosserman Jewish Community Centre in Toronto and Jewish Canadian war veterans.
  • In July 2013, a commission for the sculpture titled “Graces”, at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre for Eastern Health in Saint John’s Newfoundland was unveiled. In this project working with families of victims, patients, family members and hospital administrators, we were able to create a moving and fitting sculpture in response to extremely emotional circumstances. Three life size female granite figures were installed at the Hospital entrance to honour the breast cancer patients and their families who suffered as a result of hormone receptor testing errors.
  • In September 2014, following collaborations with the Airdrie arts community and city and Bert Church Theatre staff, a composite commission titled “Applause” was unveiled by the City of Airdrie outside the entrance and in the lobby of the Burt Church Theatre.
  • On October 21, 2015 his sculpture commission titled “Treed” was unveiled to mark the first public art project to be installed in the City of Vaughan at the Rutherford Marketplace.
  • Currently he is working to complete a commission for the Town of Stony Plain Alberta.