From the Director
Welcome to the Art Gallery of Hamilton!
Founded in 1914 the Art Gallery of Hamilton is the oldest and largest art museum in southwestern Ontario with a permanent collection that is recognized as one of the finest in Canada. Embracing Canadian historical, European and contemporary art, the collection consists of more than 10,000 works. You can see superb pieces by Alex Colville, Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, James Tissot, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Gustave Doré, Norval Morriseau, Keith Haring, Ed Burtynsky, Kim Adams or Tyler Tekatch, to name a few. Whether you’re looking for a specific artist or spending time in one of our galleries, you’re sure to find works that inspire, intrigue, challenge and engage you.
The AGH is renowned for presenting outstanding exhibitions and complementary programming for visitors of all ages. There is so much to see and do! In addition to AGH Tours and AGH Talks, the Gallery offers studios for adults and kids , family activities, school programs, film programming, performances and more here at the AGH and also at the AGH Annex located in the heart of the James Street North design district.
Please take a few minutes to explore the AGH website and discover the many and varied works of art, public programs and educational activities that make the Gallery such an important learning hub.
I hope you will also read about the many ways to become involved with the AGH as Members and volunteers, and that you will find it helpful in coordinating your visits to the AGH and the surrounding vibrant downtown Hamilton arts and culture scene.
Welcome and enjoy!
President and CEO
From the Contemporary Art Collection
Self Validation, Columbia Icefields n.d.
Carl Beam (Canadian 1943-2005)
monoprint – photo lithography, ink wash and acrylic on paper, Gift of Wintario, 1980
© Carl Beam (Licenced by Copyright Visual Arts-CARCC, 2016)