Marianne and Edward Gibson Art Museum, East Façade and Entrance, view from Burnaby Mountain Transit Hub. Image courtesy The Mirage Studio and SFU Galleries.

Introducing the Gibson Art Museum

September 19 – September 30, 2023
SFU Gallery

In early 2025 Simon Fraser University will open a new, purpose-built art museum on Burnaby Mountain. Drawing inspiration from SFU’s deep commitments to creative experimentation, collaboration, and meaningful engagement, the Marianne and Edward Gibson Art Museum is open and informal in design, and will welcome everyone—students and faculty, children and their families, committed art supporters and newcomers to the visual arts.

Presenting critically-engaged and research-driven work by contemporary artists, this new visual art facility will replace SFU Gallery, and extend SFU Galleries’ current suite of programmes, creating new opportunities for artist-led learning and cross-disciplinary exploration. The Gibson will also house the SFU Art Collection, an invaluable and actively growing resource of over 5,800 works of art, unique in its capacity to trace the complex social and cultural life connected to this region, and always open to new inquiries.

Marianne and her late husband Dr. Edward Gibson shared a belief in art’s capacity to ignite curiosity and build more inclusive communities. Joining the university as a charter faculty member in 1965, Dr. Gibson was Director of SFU Gallery from 1986 to 1997. For over three decades, he was fiercely dedicated to students, ideas, and the evolving culture and landscape of the West Coast. Developing an accessible, inclusive art museum that creates space for diverse communities to connect and learn together was part of Marianne and Dr. Gibson’s courageous the vision for art and culture at SFU.

Visit SFU Gallery during Introducing the Gibson to explore plans and renderings for the new art museum, and to learn more about vision and commitments behind its creation. 


Lunchtime tours with SFU Galleries Director Kimberly Phillips

Wednesday September 20, 12:00pm

Tuesday September 26, 12:00pm

Thursday September 28, 12:00pm