A unique vision

pairing an expertise in contemporary art history with a new, playful approach to the gallery model, my aim is to introduce the next generation of collectors to exciting emerging and mid-career artists working in canada and internationally.  

A micro gallery in plant and design shop dynasty studio alchemizes my passion for art discovery, exhibition-making outside of traditional gallery spaces and working closely with artists and makers.

Penelope Smart is a curator, art consultant and writer. She holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCADU (2013) where she received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies.

Building credentials across commercial, independent and public galleries including The Art Gallery of Ontario, Smart approaches exhibitions as a place of risk-taking, life and mystery. She has participated in curatorial residencies in Canada and the UK, including the Banff Centre for the Arts. Most recently Smart was director Eastern Edge Gallery and founder of a pilot project art space called The Dayroom in St. John's, Newfoundland. 

Smart's writing has appeared in Canadian Art, C Magazine, Magenta and Spiffy Moves as well as in a variety of exhibition catalogue essays and artist-led publications. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario. 


professional head shot coming soon :)