Graeme Chalmers is Professor Emeritus of Art Education, University of British Columbia. He was born, attended school, art school, teachers’ college, and began teaching art in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand. A Fulbright Award enabled Graeme to earn graduate degrees (M.A. and Ph.D) in the United States, and he came to Canada in 1972, first to Concordia University and then to UBC, retiring in 2008 and moving to Fergus Ontario with his wife Millie Cumming.
Along with many journal articles, reports, and conference presentations, Graeme is the author of several books. The best known is Celebrating Pluralism: Art, Education, and Cultural Diversity (Getty Museum) (See publications list). He has edited Studies in Art Education and served on several other editorial boards. He is the recipient of awards from the Canadian Society for Education through Art, the National Art Education Association, the International Society for Education through Art, the British Columbia Art Teachers’ Association, Heritage Canada, and the University of British Columbia, where he was named a “Distinguished University Scholar.” Graeme recently served as Principal Examiner for Extended Essays in Visual Art with the International Baccalaureate Organization.
As an art educator Graeme held UBC’s David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education and worked with others to move art education into diverse arenas and use the arts to address issues of social justice.
In retirement Graeme has returned to painting (See Graeme’s Gallery) and the simple enjoyment of making things. He is a member of Heritage Centre Wellington, the Wellington County Historical Society, the Elora Centre for the Arts, and the Elora Arts Council.