The art museums and public galleries of Canada

Below is a small sampling of the many institutions directed by CAMDO members. Please visit this page for a complete list of our members with links to their gallery websites.

Kamloops Art Gallery

Kamloops Art GalleryThe Kamloops Art Gallery is the principal Gallery for the visual arts in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. The Gallery is committed to the belief that art is an essential part of the human experience. It is dedicated to making this belief tangible within the communities it serves. The Gallery encourages participation in the visual arts through public programs, the research and development of exhibitions, the development of a permanent collection, publishing, and preservation of  regional, national, and international art in all media. Incorporated in 1978, a new Gallery in the Civic Building was officially opened on September 18, 1998. Approximately 30,000 people visit the Gallery each year including over 1,500 school children.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art GalleryVancouver is one of the most vibrant, progressive cities in the world and the Vancouver Art Gallery has a responsibility to reflect this wealth of creativity and dynamic energy. The Gallery stands in the centre of a city recognized as a nurturing ground for artistic talent. Through cutting-edge exhibitions, we feature the work of leaders in the field of contemporary art and Vancouver's internationally renowned artists, including Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Roy Arden and Brian Jungen. The Gallery also houses the magnificent works of significant historical artists, including the most extensive collection of the work of Canada's beloved Emily Carr. Our permanent holdings number more than 10,000 artworks, one of the most valuable collections in Canada.

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Since 1976, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery has served the needs of Northwestern Ontario artists and art audiences while providing an important link to other cultural centres. As the region's largest public gallery facility, with three gallery spaces that change exhibitions approximately every six weeks, there is always something new to capture the public's imagination. The Thunder Bay Art Gallery offers a wide range of educational programs and community outreach services. It is also one of the few galleries in Canada with a permanent collection of First Nations’ art.

Confederation Centre Art Gallery

Confederation Art Centre Art GalleryWith over 15,000 pieces in its permanent collection, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery is one of the largest in Atlantic Canada. Its six exhibition spaces feature contemporary and historical exhibitions year-round, as well as special events, public lectures, educational programming and more. The goal of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery is to inspire appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of Canada's diverse cultural heritage by collecting, conserving, presenting, interpreting and communicating the work of Canadian visual artists. The Confederation Centre was proud to receive the Community Impact Award recently during the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce President’s Excellence Awards.

Mendel Art Gallery

Mendel Art GalleryOverlooking the South Saskatchewan River, the Mendel Art Gallery is Saskatoon’s premier destination for contemporary and historical art, with exhibitions changing quarterly. The Gallery’s permanent collection includes more than 5,700 works by local, regional, and national artists. In addition to exploring exhibitions and enjoying associated public programs, visitors can browse in the Gallery Shop, spend time in the Civic Conservatory, or relax with friends over tasty treats in Muséo Coffee. With more than 170,000 visitors in 2009, the Mendel Art Gallery has one of the highest per-capita attendance rates in Canada. The Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation (Mendel Art Gallery) and the City of Saskatoon are building a new art gallery as the anchor attraction of the River Landing Destination Centre.

Owens Art Gallery

Owens Art GalleryThe Owens Art Gallery was opened in 1895 on the campus of Mount Allison University. The Gallery is located in a historically significant, 19th-century building designed by Toronto architect Edmund Burke, one of Canada’s most important and influential architects, to accommodate the teaching of fine arts at the Mount Allison Ladies’ College, and to house a collection of approximately 300 works of art and statuary acquired by Mount Allison in 1893. The Gallery has a long association with the education of women artists, and continues today to explore this important history through its exhibitions, research, publishing, education and community outreach, and the development of the Permanent Collection.

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