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The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery connects people and ideas through art. Its nationally-acclaimed exhibitions and programs welcome all to be inspired and challenged through a deepened understanding of ourselves, our cultures, and our communities.


For the benefit of current and future generations, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery collects, preserves, researches, interprets, and exhibits the visual arts. It offers dynamic public programs that inspire creativity and an appreciation of the visual arts in the Region and beyond. Established in 1956 and incorporated in 1968, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is a non-profit organization open to the public and administered in the public trust.


KWAG will enrich lives across our community and nation through the creation and experience of contemporary art. It will flourish as a recognized leader and exceptional cultural presence at the intersection of contemporary art and civic life by:

  • Amplifying the voices of diverse artists
  • Expanding access to art’s transformative impact
  • Securing and strengthening its distinctive legacy for future generations

In support of our mission to connect people and ideas through art, KWAG provides the public with a wide range of experiences in the visual arts through high quality exhibitions of regional, national and international art, education and public programs, outreach activities, specialized workshops, publications, collection accessibility, research and art expertise. Our key objectives for exhibitions focus on generating dialogue with contemporary art and its issues, regional, national and international art practices, different art forms and disciplines, collection and non-collection projects.

Economically and culturally, KWAG contributes to the community by cultivating the area's distinguished social and cultural foundation-a foundation that underpins the continued and growing prosperity of the region.

We are guided by the following values:

We inspire originality, curiosity and discovery through the experience of art.

Public Engagement
We are a public art gallery, actively drawing our community together into a shared experience of art that moves us from sight to insight.

Artistic Leadership
We are recognized for our expertise, professionalism, and integrity. We are the standard-bearer for the visual arts in our region, seeking excellence and having the courage to lead.

We actively develop meaningful relationships with our partners, building synergy and mutually enhancing diversity and strength.