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[Students view art]

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a research‐intensive art museum that presents and animates high‐quality visual art.

Enjoy our exhibitions of:

  • paintings of the Dutch Golden Age from the renowned Bader Collection
  • treasures of Canadian historical art
  • cutting-edge contemporary art
  • African and decorative art

The Agnes reflects the rich cultural life of Queen’s, the city of Kingston, and the wider region of southeastern Ontario. A hub of experiential learning and exchange for the visual arts, the Agnes is a place where great art inspires new ideas. Students and community members from near and far encounter artists, the best visual art of today, and the great artistic traditions of the past in a dozen new exhibitions each year. We also offer classes, hands-on studio workshops, lectures, film screenings, tours and receptions.

Admission for members of the
Queen’s community is free, and
free for all on Thursdays.

As a gallery that thrives on the intersection of diverse eras and art forms, the Agnes fosters interdisciplinary research, supports academic engagement, and offers internships and volunteer experiences, nurturing the spirit of initiative that is at the heart of the Queen’s experience.

Visit our beautiful galleries and the historic Etherington House, or participate in our programs. We welcome visitors year round at our central campus location.

  • [Bader Gallery]
    The Bader Gallery showcases the extraordinary Dutch and Flemish Baroque art from The Bader Collection.
  • [Shayne Dark’s sculpture and its admirers in the Contemporary Feature Gallery]
    Shayne Dark’s sculpture and its admirers in the Contemporary Feature Gallery.
  • [A reception held at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.]
    An academic awards reception held at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
  • [Student docents lead a workshop in the André Biéler Studio.]
    Student docents lead a workshop in the André Biéler Studio.
  • [Canadian historical art]
    The Agnes features superb collections and ground-breaking exhibitions of Canadian historical art.
  • [Drawings in Davies Gallery]
    Artist Howie Tsui explains his drawings in the Davies Foundation Gallery.
  • [African Gallery]
    The African Gallery features thematic exhibitions of art from the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection.
  • [School age children at gallery]
    School programs led by trained student docents combine a great art experience in the galleries with art making in the André Biéler Studio.
  • [The two-person artist team Fastwürms enchants a full house audience.]
    The two-person artist team Fastwürms enchants a full house audience.
  • [Historical collection]
    Art and artifacts mingle to reflect the elegant side of life in Kingston in the early 19th century.
  • [A man views The Masters of Time collection]
    Timeless art in the Masters of Time exhibition in the Bader Gallery.
  • [Brooklyn-based artist Erin Shirreff (far right) speaks to a Queen’s Journal reporter in the gallery]
    Brooklyn-based artist Erin Shirreff (far right) speaks to a Queen’s Journal reporter.
  • [Drawing room in Etherington House]
    The gracious Drawing Room of historic Etherington House.
  • [Contemporary installation]
    Contemporary art in All is Well by Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari.
  • [Family viewing art]
    Visitors ponder the nature-inspired abstraction of Gershon Iskowitz in the R. Fraser Elliot Gallery.
  • [Bernard Clark]
    Bernard Clark speaks to an audience at the Agnes about his work.
  • [Exterior of Agnes Etherington Art Centre]
    Agnes Etherington Art Centre: Queen’s art gallery is home to over 16,000 works of art.

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