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Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a research‐intensive professional art museum that proudly serves a dual mandate as an active educational resource at Queen’s University and as a public gallery for the Kingston community and beyond. By researching, collecting and preserving works of art, and through exhibiting and interpreting visual culture spanning the great artistic traditions of the past and the innovations of the present, Agnes creates opportunities for participation and exchange within and across communities. In doing so, we aim to make leading contributions in the field of visual and media art and to nurture the dignity and well-being of all peoples.


Agnes Etherington Art Centre:

• To showcase high artistic achievement in a considered program that reflects the multiple contexts of our immediate and global locales, including the research and learning environment of Queen’s University and our presence on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek.

• To provide welcoming access to programs and collections for diverse audiences, from academic and public communities alike, to experience the transformative power of art.

• Through our work with art and artists, to deepen knowledge of and relationship with Indigenous peoples and racialized persons, and to advance social justice and the work of decolonization.

• To steward the physical integrity—and imaginatively extend the intellectual and cultural value—of significant art collections.

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