Women of Influence for Women's Art

Did you know that less than 30% of the works of art in our Permanent Collection are authored by women? By becoming a Woman of Influence for Women’s Art, you will be a change agent for a future generation.

A woman gazes up at a large painting, unseen except for the edge of its canvas, in a darkened gallery at KWAG

By joining this network of visionary donors you will:

  • Follow in the footsteps of four women who played a significant role towards the founding of KWAG by establishing an art collection in the 1920s for an art gallery
  • Continue their trailblazing legacy by pooling your efforts with those of like-minded civic leaders and making targeted donations to a fund in support of women artists
  • Bolster the representation of work created by women in the Permanent Collection through future acquisitions


With your annual donation of $500 or more, becoming a Woman of Influence for Women's Art entitles you to a unique array of donor benefits that recognize the instrumental role you play in shaping the future of KWAG:

  • Invitations to two exclusive events per year with women artists and curators including behind-the-scenes tours of exhibitions 
  • Recognition in our print newsletters, Annual Report and Donor Wall
  • Participation in the selection of future acquisitions by women artists brought forward by our Senior Curator for our Permanent Collection
  • Access to exclusive field trips to exhibitions and studio visits with women artists
  • Receive a complimentary publication by a woman artist exhibiting at KWAG


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Learn more by contacting Shirley Madill, Executive Director at smadill@kwag.on.ca or Leah Caravan, Development Officer at lcaravan@kwag.on.ca

Upcoming Events:

Virtual Cocktail Hour | Thursday 10 June, 5:30-7:00pm
WIWA members are invited to bring a guest for a virtual cocktail conversation with Tobi Bruce and Melissa Bennett from the Art Gallery of Hamilton, who will share the work of a woman artist in their Permanent Collection. Cocktail kits will be delivered directly to your door! Please RSVP to lcaravan@kwag.on.ca by Thursday 3 June.

Recent Events:

Private Reception with Mary Kavanaugh 
Members of Women of Influence for Women's Art are invited to a private reception with Mary Kavanaugh on Wednesday 12 February from 6:00-6:45 pm in advance of her talk for Trinity3, which is proudly supported by KWAG’s Women of Influence for Women’s Art.  

An Evening with Shary Boyle
Friday 9 November, 7:00 pm - Join us for a free talk from acclaimed Canadian artist Shary Boyle presented by the Women of Influence for Women's Art.