Curator’s Blog | The AGM Turns 25!

As the AGM launches its 25 Year birthday month, which will culminate in the 25 Year Birthday Bash on October 25, the AGM blog presents a series of blog posts from staff about this milestone. This week, the AGM blog presents a post from AGM Curator and Director of Programmes Stuart Keeler on the revamped artistic vision of the AGM.

“What art gallery,” some say, and yet it’s right there at City Hall, and it’s more vibrant now than ever before.

But after setting attendance records with theContemporary Jamaican Art circa1962 | circa2012 exhibition and the Lila Lewis Irving: Con Spirito retrospective, I’ve started thinking that the secret is out! Located right off the new Mississauga Celebration Square, the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a small yet mighty gallery with a promising future.

One idea is to develop a “hub and spoke” approach, providing exhibitions and programs to the communities that make up the city through the network of libraries and community centres. This plan is already in motion with Roots & Branches, a curatorial project in collaboration with theMississauga Library System. Down the road, the project will provide a dedicated gallery for the community to host exhibitions, as well as a public viewing space for the Permanent Collection—the AGM owns over 500 works by prominent artists from Canada, the region and Mississauga.

The gallery is undergoing an exciting reanimation of its current programs and artistic vision. We are committed to presenting stimulating exhibitions that are aesthetically strong and intellectually challenging alongside innovative education and creative workshop events. We want to engage you in a dialogue to expand appreciation and understanding of the arts. Ultimately the AGM will be a centre which animates the community and region and will be central to our identity as Mississaugans. This is your gallery!

All of us at the AGM warmly invite you to our 25-Year Birthday Bash. Come celebrate the future of a vital visual arts centre and become involved in the community that is building a movement centered on art, ideas and culture!

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Excerpted from an article by AGM Curator & Director of Programmes Stuart Keeler, published in Mississauga Life, September 2012. View a sneak peek at the findings from the Lord Cultural Group as well as plans for the AGM’s future in the full article here.

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