The KWAG Blog

Photo of Allan Bush, an older man in a dark suit and glasses, standing alongside signage recognizing Free Admission Sponsor CIBC Wood Gundy - Allan Bush Investment Team
Earlier this year, we welcomed perennial KWAG supporter Allan Bush as our newest Free Admission sponsor. The support of CIBC Wood Gundy- Allan Bush Investment Team ensures that admission to KWAG and its exhibitions remains free for everyone. Our Executive Director Shirley Madill caught up with... Read More
Screenshot of Steve Lavigne, a man with curly shoulder-length hair in a short-sleeved black shirt, standing in front of a didactic wall for Expressions 46: Through a New Lens
The opening of our digital exhibition, Expressions 46: Through a New Lens , is cause to celebrate the perseverence of young artists all across Waterloo Region. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, their creative energy has ensured that our annual tradition of exhibiting student talent in our... Read More
Microscopic view of coronavirus rendered in green and yellow against a nebulous blue background
Earlier today, the Province of Ontario ordered a province-wide lockdown of all non-essential businesses in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in our communities. This lockdown takes effect at 12:01 am on Saturday 3 April. Based on this directive and out of an abundance of... Read More
Portion of a community quilt made of face masks tied together, each illustrated with textiles and painting, on view behind a glass window
Since Fall 2020, KWAG's Public Programs Department has been fortunate to partner with Brenda Reid, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, on her From Behind the Mask community quilt project. Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this project invited... Read More
Historical black and white photo of young Black men protesting for the right to vote
With the pandemic forcing many of us indoors, more of our opportunities for social interaction gradually moved online. We took to online video conferences not just for work-related meetings, but for seeing our loved ones, attending school, doctor’s appointments and more. It took little more than a... Read More
Installation view of Deanna Bowen's Black Drones in the Hive, showing a pair of shackles displayed on a white plinth in front of a wall filled with framed archival images
the heart of a community As an artist and audience-centered institution, we, at KWAG, begin the new year with a continued commitment to our community. By embracing art as a means to engage our imaginations, challenge our perceptions, and inspire change, the Gallery, together with creatives across... Read More
Adad Hannah photo of a restaging of Picasso's Guernica using wood and cardboard cut-outs, arranged in a lush green backyard space
Like many art museums, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery cares for a Permanent Collection of artworks that has been gathering and growing since our first acquisitions in 1957. Through generous donations and thoughtful purchases, KWAG has been steadily adding artworks to our Collection for all but... Read More
A microscopic view of coronavirus molecules highlighted green and yellow in a blue and purple nebulous space
Earlier today, the Province of Ontario ordered a province-wide lockdown of all non-essential businesses in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. This lockdown takes effect at 12:01 am on Saturday 26 December. Based on this directive and out of an abundance of concern for the... Read More
Instalation view of Deanna Bowen: Black Drones in the Hive
It has been over six months since the Gallery closed in mid-March due to COVID-19, and over three months since we reopened in mid-June. During this challenging time, art museums have had to re-calibrate their purpose and find new ways to reach their audiences. For the team at KWAG, this has meant... Read More
Shuvinai Ashoona's Composition (Clock) is a coloured pencil drawing featuring a large circular form split between black upper and white lower sections marked with Inukitut syllabics and Arabic numerals, surrounded by soft coloured drawings of the sea goddess Sedna and other figures
While few among us can imagine any hint of international travel in this unusual summer, one work of art in our Permanent Collection has gone abroad for a special journey to the 11 th Berlin Biennale . Shuvinai Ashoona’s Composition (Clock) (2014) left the Gallery last month to begin its journey... Read More

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