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Director’s Message

Portrait of Jan Allen, Director

The Season Launch on Thursday 20 September celebrates The hold: movements in the contemporary collection; Tau Lewis: when last you found me here; In the Present: The Zacks Gift of 1962; and Printmakers at War, 1914–1918. The Members’ Preview starts at 5 pm with in-gallery introductions of new shows. The Public Reception starts at 6 pm sharp, with remarks in the Atrium, and runs to 7:30 pm. Creation Station (free family care) is available in the Studio. Register online to save your child’s spot in this popular session.

There is much to enjoy this fall. Most exciting, the powerful young artist Tau Lewis presents work developed during her tenure as Stonecroft Foundation Artist-in-Residence. In this second year of the residency program, we offered an expanded context for creation with the generous collaboration of Queen’s BFA (Visual Art) Program. We are also launching new collection-based exhibitions. These include fabulous recent additions to our collections, such as Jinny Yu’s timely Don’t They Ever Stop Migrating? and gorgeous, haunting graphics from World War I.

You will notice changes at the Agnes: we are welcoming new staff and transforming programs. Behind the scenes, we are shaping a major touring exhibition drawing on The Bader Collection—the first since 1988—and developing new digital platforms to enhance your access to the art, research and creative programs central to our mission. We are cultivating new relationships around our Indigenous art collections, and preparing for the Soundings exhibition of Indigenous “scores” for reconciliation in winter 2019. At the same time, we are expanding our Learning-through-Art outreach to faculty and students across campus.

These developments are made possible by significant new financial support through the Isabel & Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies, the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund and Dodge Family Fund for Indigenous Art Collections Research at Queen’s University. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the inspired individuals, agencies, contributors and collaborators who are helping us exercise the gallery’s potential in new ways.

Jan Allen, Director