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Press Release: 2010-12-25


KITCHENER, ON – THEMUSEUM announced today that Sun Life Financial has become the presenting sponsor of SEARCHING FOR TOM | Tom Thomson: Man, Myth and Masterworks set to open in one week on Thursday, February 3rd and run through May 8th.  

 “THEMUSEUM is thankful for the continued support Sun Life Financial is extending” explains David Marskell, Chief Executive Officer at THEMUSEUM. “For many years they’ve supported THEMUSEUM through the Sun Life Financial Accessibility Pass allowing thousands of visitors to attend who may not have been able to otherwise due to financial, physical and social limitations.”

SEARCHING FOR TOM is an original exhibition produced in collaboration with the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound and has been curated by the Gallery’s Executive Director, Virginia Eichhorn. Featuring the story of the iconic Canadian painter Tom Thomson, this show explores his life, his work and his mysterious death through over 100 artifacts and paintings by Thomson, members of the Group of Seven and contemporary artists appropriating and working under Thomson’s influence today. 

Many objects and works will come directly from the permanent collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery but there are seven other contributing galleries including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and locally, the Homer Watson House and Gallery. Some private collectors have also chosen to exhibit some of their own rarely seen pieces by Thomson and the Group of Seven. 

“Like hockey, Thomson has become a part of the Canadian psyche and Canadians are still searching for Tom almost 100 years after his mysterious death. He ultimately changed and defined the way Canadians view our nation which has resulted in numerous interpretations through multi-media art,” explains David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM. “It is our desire to bring awareness of Thomson to new generations and to new Canadians.” 

“As a company with a strong philanthropic focus on arts and culture, we at Sun Life Financial are delighted to build upon our relationship with THEMUSEUM as presenting sponsor of this exhibition,” said Linda MacKenzie, Director, Philanthropy at Sun Life Financial.  We are proud to work with them in bringing the works of the legendary Tom Thomson to the Region of Waterloo 

Having worked as the Curator for the Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo before becoming the Director of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Virginia Eichhorn is enthusiastic about returning to the area to curate this show. “It is wonderful to be working with THEMUSEUM again and especially the opportunity for THEMUSEUM and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery to work together in this collaborative way,” she explains. “This exhibition is such a great opportunity to get the story of Tom Thomson out there in a way it hasn’t been told before – through the work of not only Thomson, but also through contemporary, multidisciplinary artists to illustrate the scope and scale of Thomson’s influence.”

Almost 100 years after his death, Canadians are still ‘Searching for Tom’. In one week, THEMUSEUM invites the community to join the search and discover this iconic Canadian artist. 

For more information about THEMUSEUM or SEARCHING FOR TOM | Tom Thomson: Man, Myth and Masterworks, visit or email

Image: Tom Thomson, Canoe Lake (detail), Courtesy the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.

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