Fourteen works from the SFU Art Collection on display at SFU Gallery, Burnaby, as part of Samuel Roy-Bois exhibition Not a new world, just an old trick. Installation view, SFU Gallery, 2013. Photo: Blaine Campbell.

About the SFU Art Collection

The Simon Fraser University Art Collection has grown from its inception in the late 1960s to include more than 5,500 works of art in 2016. The first works in the collection were two tile mosaics by Vancouver artist Gordon Smith (1965), which are permanently installed in the Academic Quadrangle. The collection is diverse and is an important repository for modern and contemporary works of art regionally and nationally. It includes works by significant artists such as Rebecca Belmore, BC Binning, Robert Davidson, Lawren S. Harris, Ann Kipling, Roy Kiyooka, Ken Lum, N.E. Thing Co., Marianne Nicolson, Susan Point, Jean Paul Riopelle, Jack Shadbolt, Gordon Smith, Althea Thauberger, Jeff Wall, and Jin-me Yoon, among others. Works of art on paper make up the majority of the collection, along with photographs, paintings, sculptures, and large installation pieces. Approximately 1,000 works of art are shown on SFU campuses in public locations year round. The gallery’s collection is an invaluable resource for study and exhibition.

About the SFU Bill Reid Collection

The Bill Reid Gallery is home to the Simon Fraser University Bill Reid Collection. In 2011, the Bill Reid Foundation gifted its entire collection of Northwest Coast art to SFU. The collection currently consists of 161 works, in a variety of media from jewelry to prints and sculptures, and includes 118 works by Bill Reid. For more information, click here.  

Online Collection

Access the SFU Art Collection online for further information on our substantial holdings. The site will be updated regularly as records are added and works are digitized. 

In 2017, the collection's substantial holdings of over 200 Jack Shadbolt works went through the process of digitization for online accessibility as a result of a BC History Digitization grant from UBC's Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. SFU Galleries has held the copyright for the Shadbolt Estate since 2011. Many of Shadbolt's works draw from social and political conflicts that have taken place in BC, such as the imposition of colonial power on First Nations and the environment.

Now SFU Galleries is in the process of obtaining images and permissions for the rest of the collection.