The Kingston Arts Council is pleased to present Tom Cummings (T.C.) Centenary Exhibition in partnership with St. Lawrence College, Helen Acton and the T.C. Cummings family and with the support of the Kingston Historical Society.

Curated by Ben Darrah, the exhibition entitled Tom Cummings (T.C.) Centenary Exhibition: the man, the teacher, the poet, and the artist opens at the St. Lawrence College Gallery on October 4 with a public reception on Friday, October 15 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The exhibition is generously supported by the Pittsburgh Community Benefit Fund.

Tom Cummings (T.C.) Centenary Exhibition charts the exceptional career of Dr. Tom Cummings (1904-96), including an exploration of the influence of growing up in Pittsburgh Township where he attended Woodburn School and Gananoque Highschool. The exhibition will also highlight the recognition Dr. Cummings received from his artistic peers, including members of the Group of Seven and the St. Ives Group of Painters in Cornwall, U.K., and went on to explore cubism and abstraction. All the while, Cummings translated these vanguard movements through a Canadian perspective that focused on the humanity of all of the people he encountered.

Tom Cummings (T.C.) Centenary Exhibition will feature early sketches, diaries, poetry, prose and finished oil paintings to reflect the breadth of Dr. Cummings' nearly eight decade career, which includes homestead life in Pittsburgh Township, tours of Europe, military service during WWII, teaching at the Banff School of Art, trips to the Canadian North, life in Mattawa Valley and the Caribbean, success as a published author, beloved school teacher and accomplished visual artist.

Tom Cummings (T.C.) Centenary Exhibition is a collaboration with the WKP Kennedy Gallery and Nipissing University in North Bay, which is presenting A Wanderer's Gaze: The Impact of Place on the Paintings, Drawings and Notebooks of T.C. Cummings - August 28 to September 25, 2004.

Please Note: There will be a special public presentation on Dr. Tom Cummings by
Dr. Brian Osborne, president of the Kingston Historical Society at St. Lawrence College on Wednesday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition or on the educational programming please contact the Kingston Arts Council @ (613) 546-2787 or