The KWAG Blog

A white knitted sweater spread out on a dark wood laminate floor with a pattern of violet and orange flowers worked into its lower edge
Kate Carder-Thompson will be a familiar figure to teachers and families who have brought their children through our doors over the years; she served as our Education Coordinator here at KWAG before moving on to complete her Master of Fine Arts at Western University, and remains an active art... Read More
A photograph of a collapsing wood barn in a bright spring landscape of green grass and blue sky
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered all cultural institutions and confined people to their homes, efforts have been raised world-wide to keep the arts alive through digital means. From livestreamed performances of theatre and music to virtual views of closed exhibitions, artists and the... Read More
A greyscale image of a Virgin Mary figure in heavy robes without a face or hands, with a second figure visible against her shape by its negative space
With her patient approach to creative process and nimble handling of diverse influences and materials, Erika DeFreitas is a conceptual artist who explores language, loss and identity in her work. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and will be familiar to KWAG audiences for her... Read More
In this Member Profile from our Winter 2020 newsletter, we reached out to long-standing Partner Club member Ivan Hurlbut to learn about his lifelong appreciation of art, the collection keeping him company at home, and his favourite exhibition at KWAG. What first drew you to the Kitchener Waterloo... Read More
If a work of art could speak in its own voice, what would it have to say? Kitchener artist Aislinn Thomas opens up this possibility in A piece of cloth, held taut – a new audio art project commissioned by KWAG in response to select works of art in our Permanent Collection exhibition, The Myth of... Read More
Carol Wainio's painting Season's End is a richly layered landscape in dark earth tones featuring a large burrowing bird creature, a small human figure in fur and antlers and a crudely-drawn steel tower teetering beneath a heavy marble-patterned sky
With everything else happening in the world around us, it may be easy to forget that this day also marks the return of spring. To mark the occasion, we’re sharing a work of special significance from our Permanent Collection: Carol Wainio’s visually sumptuous painting, Season’s End . Wainio is an... Read More
Based on the recommendations of Region of Waterloo Public Health and out of an abundance of concern for the well-being of our community, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery will be closed to the public until Monday 4 May, or until further notice . All scheduled programs and events will be suspended... Read More
This illustration, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows the virus' spiky, crown-like fringe that shrouds each viral particle—giving it a “coronated” appearance.
As a cultural organization that deeply values the well-being of our community, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery has been closely observing the development of COVID-19 and ensuring we take all reasonable measures to protect our visitors, staff and volunteers. At the time of this statement, the... Read More
Takao Tanabe's Optimist is an abstract painting of a cleft red shape evocative of a human head with a deep gold halo, against a wide background of brighter yellow
Kitchener-based artist Aislinn Thomas is seeking contributions for a community visual description project. The Myth of Consensus is an exhibition of abstract works created during the 1960s and 1970s, a heady time full of optimism for the future. The bloom of counter-cultures and constitutional... Read More
Four women gathered around a round white table in a dark gallery space, looking through slides using Viewmaster toys
From offering free admission to expanding barrier-free spaces through our recent lobby renovation, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is always looking for ways to make art accessible to as many people as possible. We look forward to taking these efforts one vital step further by introducing... Read More