COLLECTIONS


Art Institute of Chicago
Canadian Museum of Photography
Carlton University Art Gallery
Design Exchange, Toronto
Parsons New School for Design
National Archive of Canada
National Gallery of Canada
National Film Board of Canada
National Portrait Gallery
Royal Ontario Museum


AWARDS


2015

The Cassies Awards – Service Category – Bronze Award.

2014

North American Council of Advancement & Support of Education– Gold, Silver, Bronze Award.
Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education – Silver Award.

2010

Marketing Awards – Best in Category (NFP), Gold, 2 Silvers

2009

ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada, 50 Years, Winning Memories.

2007

Graphis Photo
Graphis Brochures 6 – Platinum
Heart of Umbria Award / L’Umbria del Cuore, Corciano (PG), Italy
22nd AR100 Award Show
ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada, Directions

2006

Graphis Nudes 4
Communication Arts Interactive Annual 12
Cassies – Bronze Campaign
Marketing Magazine – Silver & Bronze Campaign

2005

Luerzer’s Archive Volume One
Cannes Lion Showcase
Communication Arts Advertising Annual
STEP 100 Design Awards
Institute of Communication in Advertising
Century of Advertising – Top Ten Ads of the Century
Marketing Magazine Awards

2004

Communication Arts Design Annual
The New York Type Directors Club
Coupe Design Awards
How Magazine
Applied Arts Award Annual
ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada

2003

Graphis Magazine Issue 346
Communication Arts May / June Issue
Coupe Design Awards
ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada
The Houston Film Festival – Silver, 3 Bronze

2002

Graphis Photo
Graphis Advertising
The One Show
AIGA Graphic Design USA – 50 Books / 50 Covers
D&AD 40 – The Designers and Art Directors Club of the United Kingdom
81st Art Directors Club of New York Annual
Communication Arts Advertising Annual
The Houston Film Festival – 2 Platinum, Gold Jury Award, Silver
Applied Arts Award Annual
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada

2001

Graphis Photo
Communication Arts September / October Issue
The Houston Film Festival – Silver, Bronze
Applied Arts Award Annual
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – 4 Silver

2000

Graphis Poster
Graphis Design
Graphis Advertising
Graphis Magazine Issue 325
Communication Arts Photography Annual
AIGA Graphic Design USA 22
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – 4 Silver
Applied Arts Award Volume 15
Applied Arts Award Annual
Adcritic.com – #1 Top Ten Commercials
Adcritic.com – #15 Top 100 Commercials

1999

Communication Arts Design Annual 40
Typography 20: The Annual of The Type Directors Club
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada
The Bessie Awards
ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – 50th Anniversary Exhibition
Applied Arts Award Annual

1998

Graphis Book Design 2
Graphis Brochure 3
Graphis Book Design
Communication Arts Design Annual 39
Critique – The Magazine of Design Thinking
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – Gold, 3 Silver
Applied Arts Award Annual
AR100 13th Annual Report Show

1997

76th New York Art Directors Club Annual – Distinctive Merit
D&AD 36 – The Designers and Art Directors Club of the United Kingdom
AIGA Graphic Design USA 19
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – Gold
Applied Arts Award Annual
Applied Arts Magazine Annual Reports
The Bessie Awards – Campaign Gold First, Gold, Silver
Extra Awards – Newspaper Ad – Gold Campaign, Gold
Extra Awards – Newspaper Ad – Silver Campaign, Silver

1996

Graphis Annual Report 7
Graphis Design
Graphis Magazine Back Cover 3 Issues / 1996
D&AD 35 – The Designers and Art Directors Club of the United Kingdom – Silver
AIGA Graphic Design USA 18
75th New York Art Directors Club Annual
Mead Annual Report Show
Typography 17 – The Annual of the Type Directors Club
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – Gold, 4 Silver
Studio Magazine Awards Annual – Gold, 2 Silver
Applied Arts Award Annual
Mobius Award – Gold Single
Adweek Best Spots – March ’96, May ’96
CLIO Awards – Shortlist Single (3), Campaign (1)
The Bessie Awards – Campaign Gold First, Gold, Silver, 2 Bronze
Marketing Magazine Awards – 2 Silver, 2 Bronze

1995

Graphis Photo
Graphis Alternative Photography
Graphis Design
SPD: Society of Publication Designers 30
Communication Arts May / June Issue
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada
Applied Arts Award Annual
74th New York Art Directors Club Annual – Silver
London International Festival
New York Festival
Leo Burnett Worldwide – Gold Award For Best Campaign Worldwide
Mobius Award Gold Campaign
Advertising Age ’95 – Certificate of Creative Excellence
The Bessie Awards – 1ST 2 Commercials Awarded
Casey Awards – Gold Creativity
Saatchi & Saatchi First Cut Award – 2 Years in Film
Applied Arts Award Magazine Volume 10, Number 3

1994

Graphis Photo
Communication Arts May / June Issue – Feature Article on Ron Baxter Smith
Communication Arts Design Annual 35
AR100 – 10th Annual Report Show
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – Gold
APP Applied Arts Award Magazine Volume 9, Number 1 / Volume 9, Number 2

1993

Graphis Nudes 1
Graphis Photo
Graphis Design
D&AD 31 – The Designers and Art Directors Club of The United Kingdom
Communications Arts Photography Annual 34
Communication Arts Design Annual 34
SPD: Society of Publication 28 – 2 Silver
American Photography 9
New York Creativity 23
AR100 9th Annual Report Show
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – Gold
Studio Magazine Awards – 2 Gold
Studio Magazine Annual Reports
Applied Arts Award Magazine Volume 8, Number 3

1992

Graphis Annual Reports 3
Graphis Design
Communication Arts Photography Annual 33
Communication Arts Design Annual 33
Graphic Design New York
Applied Arts Award Magazine Volume 7, Number 1
SPD: Society of Publication 27
AIGA Graphic Design USA 13
AR100 8th Annual Report Show
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – Gold
Studio Magazine Awards – Gold, Silver
Print Regional Design Annual
Print Magazine January / February Issue

1991

Graphis Design
The 70th Art Directors Club of New York Annual
Communication Arts Design Annual 32
SPD: Society of Publication 25
Mead Annual Report Show
AIGA Graphic Design USA 12
Print Casebooks 9
AR100 7th Annual Report Show
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – Gold
Catalogue and Pamphlet – Tokyo, Japan.

1990

Graphis Design
Communication Arts Design Annual 31
Communication Arts May / June Issue
AIGA Graphic Design USA 11
Photo Design Magazine Sept. / Oct. Issue
Print Magazine Jan. / Feb. Issue
Print Magazine March / April Issue
New York Creativity 19
AR100 6th Annual Report Show
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – 2 Gold

1989

Graphis Packaging 5
The 69th Art Directors Club of New York Annual
Communication Arts Design Annual 30
Mead Annual Report Show
AR100 5th Annual Report Show
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – Gold
Print Magazine Jan. / Feb. Issue
New York Creativity 18

1988

Graphis Design
Graphis Poster
The 67th Art Directors Club of New York Annual
Communication Arts May / June Issue
STA 100 Type Directors Club of Chicago
New York Creativity 17
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – Gold

1987

Graphis Design
AIGA Graphic Design USA 8
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – Silver

1986

Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada – 3 Silver

1985

High Styles: Twentieth Century American Design – The Whitney Museum
Directions: ADCC The Ad and Design Club of Canada

1983

Commenced Ron Baxter Smith Photographer Limited June, 1983.

1981

Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

1980

Canada Council “B” Grant – 1 Year.

Client List

Apple, Atomic Energy Commission, American Brands, Art Gallery of Ontario, Agfa, Bata Shoe Museum Budweiser, Brookfield Office Properties, BCE, Canadian Airlines, CAE Industries, Cadillac Fairview, CIBC, Canada Savings Bonds, Canada Post, Canadian Cancer Society, Curious Papers, Cineplex, CP Hotels, CN, Dare, Eska Water, Fruit of the Loom,
First Mercantile Currency Fund, Fuji Film, General Motors, GM Visa, Grolsch, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen, Kellogg’s, Kodak, Labatt’s, Loblaw Companies, Mead Paper, Microsoft, Miele, Molson, National Trust, NatWest, New York Life, Nissan, Noranda, Northern Telecom / Nortel, Oil of Olay, Ontario Jockey Club, Paragon Entertainment, Petro Canada, President’s Choice, Reebok, Rogers Communications, Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Scotland, TD Canada Trust, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toyota, Trent University, Umbra, Unilever, Vaseline, Visa, York University


EXHIBITIONS


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015, September, Untitled, Akasha Art Projects, Toronto, Canada.
2012, January, Retrospective, Lynn Atelier, London, United Kingdom.
2009, May, The Mandrake Root, Oliver Gordon Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
2007, August, Trenta Anni, Antico Mulino, Corciano, Italy.
1980, July, Recent Work SX-70, A Moment In Time Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1980, October, Street Light/ Day Light, ICA Library, United States Consulate, Toronto, Canada.
1980, SX-70, Galerie Articule, Montréal, Canada.
1975-1977, June , 80 B&W Photographs, Still Photography Division, National Film Board of Canada, Exhibition of photographs purchased by NFB toured throughout Canada at NFB Offices and Educational Venues for several years.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2009, January, The Big Picture 2, Oliver Gordon Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
2008, November, The Big Picture 1, Oliver Gordon Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1997, Tater Alexander Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1990, Impressions of African Americans In American Culture, Parsons School of Design, New York, N.Y., USA.
1982, Ron Baxter Smith/Steven Evans, The Burton Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1980, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada
1979, The International Year of the Child, Madison Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1979, Clouds and Water, Gallery Two, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1979, May, July Fifteenth, Nineteen Seventy-Eight, Resolution Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1978, February, The Canadian Connection, Neikrug Photographica Gallery, New York, N.Y. U.S.A.
1978, November, Baczynski/ Ryan/ Smith, The Photography Gallery, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
1977, Canada/U.S.S.R. Society Group Exhibition, toured the Soviet Union
1976, York University Photographers Group Exhibition, Il Diaframma Gallery, Milan, Italy. Toured Italy.
1976, The Shado Gallery, Oregon City, Oregon, U.S.A.
1977, 21 Photographers, The Photo Gallery, The National Film Board of Canada, Still Photography Division, Ottawa
1975, The National Film Board Stills Division Photo Festival, The Photo Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
1975, January, Gallery Graphics, Ottawa, Ontario
1975, November, Exposure, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada



BIOGRAPHY


Ron Baxter Smith is an artist, photographer and director who has worked in the UK, USA, Italy and his home country of Canada. He has been the recipient of over 500 awards for his photography, television commercials in advertising, design and his own personal work in the USA, UK, Canada and Japan including The Heart of Umbria, Italy Award and a year long Canada Council Grant. His work is in the collections of many museums in Canada and the USA; for example, The Art Institute of Chicago, The AIGA, The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Royal Ontario Museum and more.

NARRATIVE
Ron Baxter Smith is a Canadian photographer, director and artist who works in Italy, UK, USA and his home country of Canada.

Photography was always destined to be my life’s work. Encouraged by my parents at a young age probably because photography was my father’s hobby before I was born. He had sold his equipment when I came along to have the extra money, but there was one 2 ¼ square camera that he taught me how to load and it changed my life. This became an interest that carried through high school into university.

As an artist, photographer and director living and working in my home country of Canada, I have been the recipient of over 500 awards for my photography and television commercials for my own personal work and my work in advertising and design in the USA, UK, Japan and Canada.

In 2007, I was awarded The Heart of Umbria Award by the Italian Province of Umbria where, along with a solo exhibition of my work, they produced a monograph of 30 years of my photography. In 1994, Communication Arts Magazine in Palo Alto, CA gave me a feature article making me amongst the first, if not the first Canadian photographer whose work was featured in their magazine. In 1981, I was awarded an Ontario Arts Council Grant to assist with a solo exhibition at The American Consulate in Toronto. In 1980, I received a Canada Council Grant for a year-long project. And in 1975 and again in 1976 The National Film Board of Canada purchased over 125 of my photographs for a National Exhibition and for inclusion into their permanent collection, now housed in The Canadian Center for Photography.

Through my work with designers and advertising agencies, I have been awarded over 80 Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze awards for the excellence of my work. One of my television commercials was included in the Top Ten Ads of the Century by the Advertising Council in 2000.

The AIGA, The American Institute of Graphic Arts has an online library in their archive dedicated to my work that has been awarded and collected over the years. The ADCC, The Advertising and Design Club of Canada also has an online archive of his awarded work, being just shy of 100 for this competition alone.  ADCC.

During my career, I have created two stamps for Canada Post. One was to honour Public School Education and another was a Millennium Stamp commemorating the Canadian invention of Pablum. The portrait of a young girl with Pablum around her mouth became banners outside The National Portrait Gallery in Ottawa.

For 22 years I have been a director and director/cinematographer working with and communicating for some of North America’s largest corporations.

My wife, Beverly, and I have successfully had a freelance photography company for 33 years where we have worked for many of the largest North American and UK companies, banks and institutions. My photographs and portraits are in the collections of many of these major corporations. I have shot for many editorial magazines, for example, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine and German Vogue along with having a Conde Nast contract for 4 years, from 1993 – 1996.

I have served on the Board of the Art Director’s Club of Canada, been a Member of the American Society of Media Photographers and have judged several competitions for the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communication including Album Cover Design for the Juno Awards for Canadian Music.

In 2008, my work was requested by Graphis, New York / Zurich to be included in a coffee table book on the 100 Best Photographers in the World. Unfortunately due to the economy in 2008, the book was never produced. But my work has been on many occasions included in other Graphis hard cover compilations where only the best work is chosen in any given year. My work was selected from these competitions to be included in several of each of Graphis’ Photography, Nudes, Design, Brochures, Advertising, Poster, Annual Reports, Typography and Alternative Photography annuals. In 1994, the New York ‘Art Directors Club’, chose me to be included in a book of 13 photographers who used the computer to create their images. I declined, to their disbelief, as my work was entirely created in camera.

For 17 years I held an H1, O1 and an E1 Visa to live and work freelance in The United States due to my ‘outstanding achievement’ in photography. I also hold an Ancestry Visa for the UK and an Elective Guest Visa for Italy including having been given individual Visas to work in South Africa and Mexico on specific projects.

I have had solo and group exhibitions in The United States, Italy and Canada. See Bio.

My work is in the collections of many museums in both the US and Canada; for example, The Art Institute of Chicago, The AIGA, The National Gallery of Canada, The National Portrait Gallery of Canada, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Royal Ontario Museum and more.

Having studied at York University, Toronto, Canada, I graduated in 1976 with an Hon. BFA. and an Hon. Ed., also studying Art History in Florence, Italy through the University of British Columbia with the assistance of a research grant from York University to photograph the fresco cycle in the Camposanto in Pisa, Italy.

EXPANDED BIO
Ron Baxter Smith is a fine art and commercial photographer / film director who works in the UK, USA, Italy and his home country of Canada.

He has won over 500 awards from competitions in Canada, The United States, The United Kingdom and, Japan. His work has been included in Graphis Photo, Nudes, Design, Advertising, Brochures, Poster and Alternative Photography. He has won medals in the D and AD in the UK, the ADC in New York, the AIGA has an archive of his awarded work including 50 Books / 50 Covers, The Mead Annual Report Show and he has been featured in Communication Arts magazine. While working on different projects for Curious Papers in the UK over a several year period, these projects accumulated over 100 awards including a Platinum Award in Graphis Brochures. Award List…AIGA Design Archive.

He has shot for magazines like GQ, The New York Times, Discover, Time and Newsweek. His clients include Apple, Microsoft, The Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank, Ikea, Nat West, Labatt’s and Seagrams to name a few. Many of his photographs have been published in ads that have appeared in Vogue, Elle Decor, Wallpaper, W and Vanity Fair. He has photographed two stamps for Canada Post. One on Education and the other was one of the Millennium Stamps that honoured the Canadian invention of Pablum.

In 2007, the Province of Umbria awarded him the Heart of Umbria given each year to five artists with outstanding achievement who have made Umbria their second home. Fellow recipient that same year was Academy Award winning composer, Ennio Morricone. The Province of Umbria celebrated Ron’s work with an exhibition and a book of his photographs.

As a director and director/cameraman working in commercial production, he has been the recipient of many medals and awards in both Canada and The United States. One project for Fruit of the Loom won over 15 medals, predominantly gold, including the Leo Burnett Gold Campaign of the Year and was also included in the Top Ten Ads of the Century by the Advertising Council of Canada. Lurzer’s Archive  Search “Ron Baxter Smith”

In his personal photography, he has been a recipient of a Canada Council Grant to concentrate on his work for a year, along with an Ontario Arts Council Grant for exhibition assistance. His work is in the collection of many museums in Canada and The United States.

Born: Toronto, Canada
Hon. BFA., York University, Toronto, Canada
Hon. Ed., York University, Toronto, Canada