presidents

The President of the Royal Academy of Arts is a member of the RCA and is appointed by its Governing Council. The President’s role is to lead the organization to fulfill its established mandate and goals as well as to oversee the day-to-day financial and administrative operations of the organization.

An illustrious group of artists and designers have led the RCA since its inception in 1880.

Lucius Richard O’Brien

President

1880-1890

Otto Reinhold Jacobi

President

1890-1893

Robert Harris, C.M.G.

President

1893-1906

George Agnew Reid

President

1906-1909

William Brymner, C.M.G.

President

1909-1918

Homer Watson

President

1918-1922

George Horne Russell

President

1922-1926

Henry Sproatt

President

1926-1929

Sir Wylie Grier, D.C.L., NA

President

1929-1939

Frederick Stanely Haines

President

1939-1942

Percy Erskine Nobbs

Acting
President

1942-1943

Ernest Fosbery

President

1943-1948

Alfred Joseph Casson, NA

President

1948-1952

Robert Wakeham Pilot, M.B.E., D.C.L., NA

President

1952-1954

Hugh Lachlan Allward

President

1954-1957

Charles Franklin Arbuckle

President

1960-1964

Harold Beament

President

1964-1967

Clare Bice, LLD

President

1697-1970

John C. Parkin

President

1970-1980

Christopher Chapman

President

1980-1984

Gene Kinoshita

President

1984-1988

Macy DuBois

President

1988-1991

Kenneth Jarvis

President

 1991
(Sept.-Dec.)

Bruce LeDain

President

1991-1993

Jan Kuypers

Acting
President

1993-1994

Ernest Annau

President

1994-2000

Ron Bolt

President

2000-2002

J. Alison Hymas

President

2002-2006

Ron Shuebrook

President

2006-2007

Jeffrey Spalding CM

President

2007-2009

Ann McCall

President

2009-2012

Barbara Vogel

Joseph-Richard Veilleux

President

Acting President

2012-2015

2015

Note: italicized names indicate deceased members.

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