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Join and Give

Help us sustain and enhance our capacity for innovation and amplify the impact of the art we champion through inspiring exhibitions, public programs and academic engagement programs.

We cannot achieve this vision without the support of benefactors like you.

Our work at Agnes is driven by the belief that encounters with original works of art contribute to understanding the world, ourselves and others. For the Queen’s community, the gallery and its programs are an inspiring research resource, a refuge of aesthetic sustenance, a ceremonial and social gathering place, and a creative laboratory of visual culture for students and faculty across many disciplines. For the wider community, it is a cultural beacon for art lovers that connects them with art and artists, deep knowledge of wider art movements, and with one another.

Become a Member

Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s membership program reaches out to all who are passionate about art—on campus, in the community, and beyond.

Members sustain and advance Agnes as a leading art museum and social hub. Join now to be involved in the work of the gallery, and to connect with artists and art through learning, creation and participation.

Membership benefits include bulletins and newsletters; discounted access to fee-based courses, programs and ticketed events; discounts on publication purchases; and invitations to special members’ events with visiting artists, curators and scholars. Curator’s Circle and Director’s Circle Members enjoy additional behind-the-scenes access and annual recognition events. Agnes members can also participate in reciprocal benefits and admissions offered through the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

Membership types: all memberships include a designated free member

Adult $60
Long Distance (+100 km) $30
Senior (60+) $30
Student (12+) $20
Curator’s Circle $250
Director’s Circle $1000

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Tax receipts will be issued for Curator’s Circle and Director’s Circle memberships at $190 and $940 respectively.

“Joining Agnes as a member helps people feel like stakeholders in their community organizations. It’s important for art galleries to have a diverse membership base that represents all of Kingston. The gallery is a welcoming space and it’s important for community members to feel that the art gallery is theirs.”

Make a Donation

The superb collections and programs of Agnes depend on the generosity of our donors.

Please join the many Agnes members, Queen’s alumni, faculty and staff, community members and friends who believe in the transformational power of art by making a gift today.

Your donation may be directed to support studio and gallery-based programs for children, youth and adults; to fund conservation treatment of works of art in our collections; to enable creative learning opportunities for Queen’s students and community groups; or to help bring art to life through exhibitions and events such as artists’ talks, tours, screenings, special events, and symposia.

If you have any questions about how to make a gift or about options for giving, please contact Michelle Pruefer, Senior Gift Planning Officer, Direct: 613-328-7214 or

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Re-Imagine your legacy at Agnes

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” (T. Merton)

Imagine a student from the Class of 2061 finding themselves in Robert Houle’s Zero Hour and losing themselves in one of Rembrandt’s portraits; a 7th grader learning the art of observation in the galleries of Agnes Etherington Art Centre; an artist not yet born having their first museum exhibition.

You can help us amplify the impact of the art we champion through inspiring exhibitions, public programs and academic engagement for generations to come!

Legacy giving is an important and meaningful way for you to contribute to the success of Agnes Etherington Art Centre and Queen’s University. With your commitment to the future, you will ensure that the art which inspires you today will continue to play a central role in the Queen’s community and beyond. A legacy gift also gives you the satisfaction of knowing that future generations of artists and art lovers will benefit from your dedication.

Your gift to Agnes will ensure that the next generation of art lovers has access to our extensive collection and engaging programming.

How to direct your legacy giving to Agnes Etherington Art Centre

You can direct a financial bequest to Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Agnes) to help support its current strategies and address emerging priorities. A gift like this will grant Agnes the flexibility to determine how your gift can best be used to support its mission. Please see below for sample bequest wording.

Legal Name: Queen’s University at Kingston
Charitable Registration Number: (BN) 10786 8705 RR0001

“I give, devise, and bequeath to Queen’s University at Kingston the sum of $_______, (or % share of my estate) (the “gift”) to be directed to Agnes Etherington Art Centre to support current strategies or emerging priorities at the discretion of the Director. In the event that circumstances make the specified use of the gift or any part of the gift no longer practical or desirable, the Board of Trustees of the University are hereby authorized to make changes in its use in keeping as far as possible with the spirit and general intent of the gift.”

Please contact the Gift Planning Office if you would like more information on current funds that support priorities such as public programming, conservation treatment or acquisitions at Agnes, or if you would like to explore establishing your own named fund to support Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

* US residents are encouraged to contact the Gift Planning Office to discuss planned gifts originating from American residents.

*Thinking about making Agnes the home of your art collection? Contact Michelle Pruefer, Senior Gift Planning Officer, Direct: 613-328-7214 or to find out more about our acquisitions policy.

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Tania Willard, Surrounded/Surrounding, 2018, wood-burning fire ring, laser-etched cedar wood logs from Secwépemc Territory, relief print on paper. Collection of the artist. Gifted to Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, Kingston, 2019. Photo: Tim Forbes

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