Donna Wise, SCA

DONNA WISE is a Toronto based artist who has exhibited in Canada and the United States. Her versatile acrylic paintings are large, bold, fluid and full of energetic confidence.

For a number of years she was a Docent at both The Art Gallery of Ontario and The Royal Ontario Museum is Toronto. By invitation, she was involved in Art Actions for The Canadian Opera Company, The National Ballet, The Royal Ontario Museum and The Baycrest Hospital.

Her work could be found in the Board Room of the Parliament Buildings at Queen’s Park Toronto, and the lobby of The Elgin Theatre, Toronto.

She has works in many corporate collections including The Four Seasons,Baycrest Hospital, Equitable Trust among others. Her paintings can be found in private collections throughout Toronto, Montreal, Miami, and Tel Aviv.

Wise had an Individual Grant from The Ontario Arts Council in 1985. She is a proud elected member of The Society of Canadian Artists since 1985.

Solo & Group Shows

Solo Exhibitions:

2017 “FLIGHTS OF FANCY” The Urban Gallery, Toronto
1987 “ART RENTAL” The Museum Of Fine Art, Montreal
1986 Large Painting in Board Room at Queen’s Park, Parliament Building Toronto
1986 Large Canvas in Lobby Of The Elgin Theatre, Toronto
1986 “CATCH A FALLING STAR“ Bonnie Kagen Gallery, Toronto
1985-1990 “VERNISSAGE“ The Shayne Gallery, Montreal
1985 “SILVERSKIES” Art Works International, Toronto

Group Exhibitions:

2018 “OUT OF THIS WORLD“ The Propeller Gallery, Toronto
2018 “WHAT IS RED “ The Propeller Gallery, Toronto
2017 SPRING AHEAD” Sybil Frank Gallery, Prince Edward County
2017 “SUMMER“ Sybil Frank Gallery, Prince Edward County
2017 “FALL COLOURS“ Sybil Frank Gallery, Prince Edward County
2017 “WINTER FROSTS” Sybil Frank Gallery, Prince Edward County
2016 “FIRSTDIBS” Adamer Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA
2016 “FALL CATALOGUE”, NUIT BLANCHE, The Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto
2016 “SUMMER ESCAPES”,The Glenhyrst Gallery of Brant, Brantford
1984 “BLUE SKIES” The McDowell Gallery, Toronto

Honourable Commissions

Individual Specific Grants:

  • The Board Room, Parliament Building, Queen’s Park
  • The Lobby of the Newly decorated Elgin Theatre for the Opening of “Cats”
  • Design Invitation for Baycrest Gala Fundraiser “Dancing with the Stars”
  • Art auction for Baycrest Hospital

Corporate & Private

Corporate Offices:

  • Baycrest Hospital
  • Four Seasons Hotel
  • Equitable Trust
  • Private Collections in Canada, Israel, and the United States
  • Laventhal & Horwath
  • Bolton Tremblay Group
  • Hayes Bursten
  • Ernst & Whinney
  • Aiken, Capp
  • Robinfield Corp.
  • Credit Valley Hospital
  • Blake Cassels Graydon

Community Involvement:

1994 Designed invitation “For Dancing With The Stars“ for Annual Fundraiser for Baycrest Hospital, Toronto
1979-1986 “Docent“ for The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
1978-1990 “Docent” for The Art Gallery Of Ontario Toronto
1975-1990 “Invited Artists” to participate Art Auctions for The National Ballet, The Canadian Opera Company and The Baycrest Hospital Toronto

Publications and Grants:

2018 September Issue of VOYZX Fine Art Magazine, British Columbia
1986 Sotheby’s Catalogue for The Art of Birds for The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
1985 “Catalogue Of Living Artists”, USA
1985 Individual Grant from The Ontario Arts Council, Toronto

Professional Organization:

  • Elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists
  • CARFAC – Canadian Artists Representation & Le Front Des Artistes Canadiens
  • Visual Arts Ontario
  • International Association of Professional Artists


2018 Federation Of Canadian Artists
2017 Women’s Association Of Artists
1885-2018 CARFAC
1985-2018 Elected Member Of The Canadian Of Artists
1985 International Association Of Artists
1984 The Toronto Western Hospital Fine Arts Committee

“Nothing is more abstract than reality.”

– Giorgio Morandi