1265 Military Trail
M1C 1A4
Phone: 416.287.7007
Fax: 416.287.7176

Doris McCarthy Gallery

The Doris McCarthy Gallery is a University of Toronto affiliated, not-for-profit, public art gallery dedicated to the presentation of leading contemporary art works. Named in honour of Doris McCarthy, one of Canada's most renowned artists, DMG features a stimulating and provocative roster of contemporary art exhibitions, presenting the work of international artists while encouraging and promoting awareness of the visual arts from contemporary and historical perspectives through exhibitions and active educational programming.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (10)

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Permanent Collection

The Doris McCarthy Gallery manages a permanent collection of some 1,300 pieces including works by: Peter von Thiesenhausen, Ian Carr-Harris, Will Kwan, Fastwurms, Melissa Doherty, John Kissick, Sandra Meigs, Shirley Wiitasalo, Toni Hafkenscheid and of course, Doris McCarthy.


The DMG features five exhibitions per year, curates touring exhibitions by artists of international note, and produces cutting-edge publications. DMG shows the best in all media, including photography, sculpture, painting and new media. Admission is always free and the gallery offers an array of related programming including: artist's and curator's talks, film screenings, live music and dance performances, and a quarterly contemporary art gallery bus tour.

Previous Exhibitions

Post Object
January 18 - March 11, 2007
Work by Michael Joo, Kimsooja, Samina Mansuri, Pushpamala N. and Ravinder Reddy
Curated by Deepali Dewan
Throughout the late 20th century, various art movements have questioned the centrality of the object. For example, since the 1960s, performance art has shifted the focus of art-making to the process itself. Conceptual art has privileged the idea. Today, there are many artists whose work reconsiders the object in a variety of ways. Their work cannot be easily categorized into existing art movements and sometimes includes an object while at the same time calling it into question. Post Object presents five artists whose work puts forward different ways of thinking about and through the object. The exhibition combines performance, video, installation, and sculpture among other modes of art-making practice.

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky
September 13 - October 22, 2006
Organized by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Rodman Hall Arts Centre, Doris McCarthy Gallery UTSC and Cambridge Galleries
Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky produce representations or alterations of everyday objects such as staples, coffee cups, flags, shopping carts and cars. Using direct means, casting from the object itself and not from molds, each object is rendered in a single material approximating its general physical character in terms of colour, opacity and reflectivity. Weppler and Mahovsky also show “Thirty Foot Canoe Yawl (collapsible)”, a life-size piece based on a sailboat. The canoe yawl is a skin without a body that naturally collapses in on itself, creating a new object with an unknown narrative. In many ways, these new ...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (15)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Ron Giii
September 13 – October 21, 2007
Curated by Rosemary Heather
A survey exhibition to honour and mark the career of Ron Giii, a senior artist whose works were groundbreaking in the 1970’s, and whose recent works continue to provide a thoughtful and fresh perspective on figurative representation, philosophy and surrealism. This exhibition will offer works in several media, representing Giii's vast and experimental career.



Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday, 10 am - 4 pm & Sunday, 12 noon - 5 pm
CLOSED Monday & Saturday
Please be advised the gallery is closed during all statutory holidays and on Sundays during long weekends.

Getting there

The Doris McCarthy Gallery is located on the upper level of the Academic Resource Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
The campus is situated at the corner of southwest corner of Ellesmere Road and Military Trail, east of Morningside at the eastern border of the city of Scarborough.

By Car
From Highway 401, exit at Morningside Ave. southbound, then turn eastbound onto Military Trail.
Visitors traveling by car and staying for a short period of time may park in Inner Lot A, south side, in spaces designated for visitor use. Paid parking is in effect for visitors 24/7 as indicated on the information sign beside the Pay n' Display meter.
Payment at the meter may be made using coin, Visa or MasterCard. Please display your receipt face-up on your dashboard as proof of payment. Rates are posted on the information sign.

(416) 393-4636
From York Mills Subway, take bus 95/95B/95E/95F.
From Scarborough Town Centre, take bus 38.
From Kennedy Subway, rush-hours only, take bus 116E. All other hours, take the RT (Rapid Transit) to Scarborough Town Centre, then take bus 38.

By GO Transit
(416) 869-3200
From the Pickering GO Train station, take the GO Hwy 407 Express bus.
Note: Total travel time direct to U of T Scarborough, from the Durham region GO Train stations varies from only 15 min from Pickering to 37 min from Oshawa.
The Hwy 407 Express bus services Pickering to Hamilton.
From the Rouge Hill GO Train station, take TTC bus 38.
From the Guildwood GO Train station, take TTC bus 86A/116.

By Wheel Trans
(416) 393-4111
There are four Wheel Trans stops on campus+ [ Read all ]


The Doris McCarthy Gallery is located in the Academic Resource Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Both the building and gallery are completely wheelchair accessible. Washroom facilities are nearby. U of T Scarborough offers a variety restaurants on campus including Treats, Tim Hortons, Subway, A&W, Asian Gourmet and Bluffs Restaurant and Bar.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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What is the Submission Policy?
Exhibitions are organized by the gallery's curator and are programmed one to two years in advance of the actual exhibition. Submissions to DMG should be submitted for the sole purpose of informing the curator of your work - submissions should not be directed toward a specific exhibition proposal.
Submissions should include the following:
1. CV
2. 10 - 20 slides or images on disc. Time-based work in VHS or DVD format. Please include descriptions.
3. Images list describing dimensions of work, media, title and year of production.
4. Artist's statement
5. Self-addressed stamped envelope (S.A.S.E.)
Additional support material may be included.
Please address submissions to Ann MacDonald, Director/Curator, Doris McCarthy Gallery.


The Doris McCarthy Gallery offers a broad spectrum of educational programming including guided tours, curator and artist’s talks, lectures, and films, all of which are free. DMG also provides work and volunteer, work-study placement and coop opportunities for UTSC students.