Address: University Avenue at Bader Lane
Phone: 613 533 2190
Fax: 613 533 6765
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Founded in 1957, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre ranks as Canada‚Äôs premier university art gallery, and is the prime public art gallery in southeastern Ontario. Its collection is remarkable for its breadth and quality, ranging from Canadian historical art and Old Master prints and drawings, to important holdings of West African sculpture and contemporary art. Its Bader Collection of 17th century Dutch painting is considered among the finest of its kind in North America. The Art Centre is committed to the flow of ideas, research and service to its public. It presents a rigorous program of some 15 exhibitions annually, and a broad spectrum of public symposia, lectures, workshops and artists talks. With its eight galleries, historic Etherington House, studio for public programs, Gallery Shop and Art Rental & Sales facilities, the Art Centre is a focus for the cultural life of Kingston and the region.
Permanent Collection Highlights (5)
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Exciting in its variety and depth, the Art Centre's permanent collection is one of the most notable in Canada. Built over the past half-century through purchase and donation, it currently numbers some 14,000 objects, and is the broadest and most diverse among Canadian university art galleries. Canadian historical and contemporary art (including new media) are particularly well represented. Of unique interest is the Bader Collection of 17th-century Dutch painting, a corpus of some 100 works exploring Rembrandt and his school, that continues to grow through generous donations from Drs Alfred and Isabel Bader. Similarly, the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection of West African Art is among the most significant of its kind in Canada. Graphic holdings are also exceptional, with concentrations in Renaissance and Baroque drawings, and European prints from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The collection also includes smaller concentrations of Inuit art, Canadian quilts, Canadian and European silver, and Canadian and American pressed glass.
Group tours may be arranged by calling the Public Programs Officer at 613 533 6000 ext 77053. Fees apply.
For over 25 years, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre has offered focused, interactive programs for regional students. Enhanced by the rich resources of the Art Centre's collection, school programs are professionally designed to enrich art appreciation and creative skills. They are also linked to the Ontario curriculum for grades one to eight.
Children aged 8 to 12 can explore Kingston's heritage in creative and fun ways in this unique summer camp. Nine local museums offer a varied range of activities.
The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, as the art gallery of Queen's University, offers a host of resources to faculty and students. Art Centre staff can provide expertise that vitally augments course work in many disciplines, as well as programs that enrich campus life. For details, visit http://www.aeac.ca/programs/academic.html.
The Art Centre boasts a distinguished tradition of lectures, artist's talks, curatorial and docent tours and public symposia related to our exhibitions and collections.
Join one of Canada's most significant art galleries. The Art Centre serves Queen's University, the City of Kingston, and Eastern Ontario as a major resource for contemporary and historical art. The Art Centre receives generous support from the membership of the Gallery Association for education, programming, exhibitions and acquisitions.
Membership Levels and Benefits
Seniors & Students $25
Two Seniors $50
Individual & Senior $65
* free admission to the Art Centre and other reciprocating galleries and museums
* the Art Centre's quarterly newsletter Currents
* access to the Tour Committee's trips and tours (near and far)
* 10% Gallery Shop discount
* 10% Art Rental and Sales Gallery discount on art sales
* all benefits of basic membership
* $25 gift certificate for Chien Noir Bistro
* 15% discount at Novel Idea
* discount on floral purchase at Trugs
* all the benefits of patron membership
* 10%discount at the Frontenac Club Inn
* $50 discount on Art Centre facility rental
* $5 coupon for underground parking
Sustaining Member $1000
* all the benefits of benefactor membership
* 20% discount at the Frontenac Club Inn
* free Art Centre publication (of your choice)
* $75 discount on Art Centre facility rental