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Director’s Message

Photo: Tim Forbes

UN-CHILL AT OUR WINTER SEASON LAUNCH ON 18 JANUARY! Members’ Preview 5 to 6 pm, with remarks at 6 pm and the Public Reception 6 to 7:30 pm. To welcome families, we offer Creation Station free care for children of all ages in the Studio from 6 to 7:30 pm. Galleries remain open to 9 pm.

We are introducing four excellent exhibitions: Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience: A Project by Kent Monkman; The Powers of Women: Female Fortitude in European Art; Log Cabin: A Canadian Quilt and “He First Brought It to Perfection”: John Smith and the Mezzotint in Early Modern England. A rich suite of programs will accompany and expand upon the shows through the coming months. Among these, Indigenous cultures and fresh approaches to art making and interpretation loom large. Please plan to take part.

With the fall’s 60th Anniversary celebrations behind us, I extend my heartfelt thanks to the staff, volunteers and participants whose energy and imagination made these so memorable. The gallery’s new online chronology is an enduring legacy of this anniversary, one that advances our goal of making our work accessible everywhere and all the time. In tandem, the support of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program is allowing us to complete web-ready digitization of the Inuit art collections. Other ongoing behind-the-scenes projects include extending our academic outreach at Queen’s, and upgrading the conservation and care of the Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress.

Looking to the future, we will be embarking on shaping our new strategic plan in the coming months. I anticipate many conversations and much creative thinking. As ever, I’m counting on our supporters, artists, donors and members to help shape the gallery’s next phase.

Jan Allen, Director