Welcome to Virtual Vaults
The microsite (virtualvaults.artgalleryofhamilton.com) offers website visitors a modest sampling of the remarkable permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, much of which is not currently on display - due to space and environmental issues - but stored in climate controlled vaults.
Almost one hundred years old, the AGH permanent collection is comprised of approximately 9500 works, 600 of which are available for viewing here. Virtual Vaults is also a work in progress; please return frequently to browse any new additions.
Works are searchable by artist’s last name. Not every artist represented in the permanent collection will appear as only those with entries are listed. Thumbnails can be enlarged by double clicking on the image chosen.
I hope you enjoy perusing our Virtual Vaults and know that you will discover some new favourites along with revisiting the celebrated icons of our outstanding collection. Click either the logo or link above to launch the site.
Should you have a question regarding permanent collection artists or works not represented here, please do not hesitate to contact me or search theAGH Artist Listing
Christine Braun, Manager, Collections and Exhibitions
Special thanks go to Lucia Shayan, Vince Franco, Adrian Emberley, Mike Lalich and Celina Senisterra, without whose efforts this site could not have been realized. Content © Art Gallery of Hamilton.
With over 9,500 works, not all of AGH’s permanent collection is on display.
If you are planning on visiting the Gallery to see a specific work of art or to find out if certain artwork is currently on display, please contact the AGH at 905-527-6610 or visit Current Exhibitions.
Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is now one of Ontario's largest public galleries. Over its 97-year history, it has grown, changed and developed along with the communities it serves, building a permanent collection distinguished by the quality and integrity of its holdings. Our permanent collection is one of the finest in Canada, respected nationally and internationally and recognized as being particularly distinctive due in part to a significant number of iconic works that serve to distinguish the collection. Numbering over 9,500 works of art, the collection comprises primarily Canadian historical, modern and contemporary holdings, works nationally recognized as significant achievements in the development of the visual arts in Canada and that allow for an understanding and appreciation of the rich field of cultural activity.
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