Ron Bolt’s career as a Visual Artist spans close to 50 years. He has had over 100 solo exhibitions in public and commercial galleries from coast to coast in Canada and abroad and has participated in group shows in Canada, The United States Mexico, England, Japan and China.
His paintings, prints and limited edition books are in the collections of public galleries across Canada. Foreign collections include The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, The university of London, The Tate Gallery West, St. Ives, The University of Hungary, Budapest, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Wakayama, Japan.
Commissions include two murals for the Provincial government, a large work for the Canadian Consulate, Sydney Australia, three books, a stamp for Canada Post, and numerous corporate and private installations. His latest commission is the 9’ by 7’ tryptich “Cobourg Light” installed in the entrance hall of the Cobourg community Center.
Ron Bolt has played a prominent role in the development of opportunities and a positive working environment for visual artists. He was a member of the founding board of visual Arts Ontario and was instrumental in creating the first fully comprehensive business conference for artists to be held in Canada. He is a past President and Honorary member of the Society pf Canadian Artists, a former member of the Ontario Society of Artists and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in1986. He served as the Academy’s 27th President from 2000 to 2002. During his term, the RCA Scholarship program was established with endowments that provide funds to assist graduate students of Art , Design and Architecture to travel abroad for further study.
Ron’s other major interest is Music. He holds an Associate diploma in piano performance and teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto and is a regular speaker at the Metropolitan Opera Brown Bag Lunch talks at the Capitol theater, Port Hope.
He was awarded the Canada 125 medal in 1993, the RCA’s Centennial Medallion in 2005 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012