Upcoming Exhibitions

LORNE WAGMAN, Calimari Tree, 2015, oil and gesso on board

June 26th to September 18th, 2016

Please join us for the Opening Reception Sunday June 26 from 2 to 4 pm

The Resonance of the Tree

Guest curator Stephen Hogbin raises the question of whether trees are sentient beings in Resonance of the Tree, an exhibition that features all new works by local artists Lorne Wagman and Vera DernovsekPeter Pierobon of Vancouver, and the collaborative duo Kevin Yates of Toronto and his brother Robert Yates of Montreal. While investigating natural history, early industries, and contemporary ecological issues, the works in this exhibition conjure poetic metaphors about understanding our sense of place within, and relative to, the natural world.

Hogbin is Chair of The Extraordinary Tree project, a collaboration with the TOM, Grey Roots Museum and Archives, Grey Sauble Conservation Authority and Landscape Design programme at Fanshawe College.  More information at: www.extraordinarytree.com/

Donefer, Winter Corona Basket, 2016, Blown and flameworked glass


June 26th to September 18th, 2016

Artist Talk with Laura Donefer and Susan Edgerley on Sunday June 26 at 1:30 pm

Please join us for the Opening Reception Sunday June 26 from 2 to 4 pm

With a Destiny

In With a Destiny, glass artists Laura Donefer, Susan Edgerley and Karina Guevin present sculptures and installations, inspired by the work, life and mythic story of Tom Thomson. Coming from Eastern Ontario and Quebec, all three artists are well-known for exploring ideas of destiny, chance and fate and their effects on both natural and personal environments in their work.

Curated by Christian Bernard Singer


Complementing Resonance of the Tree and With a Destiny, the TOM has borrowed The Jack Pine sketch (c. 1916) by Tom Thomson (1877-1917) from the Riverbrink Art Museum. The sketch is being featured in our on-going exhibition, The Tom Thomson Experience, which tells the “story” of Thomson – a mythic figure in Canadian art and history – in all its fullness, complication and contradiction.

Woodman, Agnes Martin from vanity fair assignment, 1988

June 26 to September 18, 2016

Artist Talk with Donald Woodman Sunday June 26 at 1 pm

Please join us for the Opening Reception Sunday June 26 from 2 to 4 pm

Agnes Martin and Me

Like Tom Thomson, Agnes Martin (1912-2004) is an artist shrouded in myth. She was one of only a handful of women to emerge in the male-dominated art movements of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. Martin also struggled with mental illness, battling to keep her incessant inner voices in check and it is against this backdrop that American photographer Donald Woodman chronicles their seven roller coaster years together (1977-1984) during which, he was her assistant and they were in constant contact with each other. Agnes Martin and Me presents never before seen photos of Martin by Woodman along with writings and ephemera that chronicle a tumultuous relationship while providing insights about the artist, known only to a chosen few.

Curated by Christian Bernard Singer


Vid Ingelevics, Platform 02C, Chromogenic print, 94 x 117 cm, Gift of Vid Ingelevics, 2011

Extraordinary Trees in the Gallery’s Collection
Lower Foyer

The Ontario landscape is dominated by trees, and it is not surprising that they are a common subject matter for many of the artists whose work is part of the Gallery’s Collection. Thomson and the Group of Seven’s renderings of singular rugged trees have become symbolic of the enduring Canadian Spirit, an individual alone persevering against the forces of nature.

The image of the single tree is so iconic that contemporary artists have continued the tradition. On display are some of the extraordinary trees in the Gallery’s Collection by contemporary Canadian artists: Tom Benner; April Hickox; Vid Ingelevics; Lorraine Simms and Greg Staats.

Curated by David Huff

Staats, On the Edge of the Woods


September 25th 2016 to January 8th 2017

Greg Staats: On the Edge of the Woods

Greg Staats’ photographic, video and sculptural works investigate the trauma felt from his own existential displacement from the Mohawk language and subsequent relational worldview. The exhibition explores the dissociation and the existential loss of self, further amplified without language, and will include gestural and performative video works that incorporate signal responses and a vocabulary of event-based memories.


Continuing and Evolving Exhibitions…

Works by Tom Thomson are on view in our ongoing CANADIAN SPIRIT: The Tom Thomson Experience exhibition.  Paintings, memorabilia and archival images offer an insightful look at Thomson’s life, ranging from his early years in Owen Sound to his untimely death at Canoe Lake in 1917. Thomson remains one of Canada’s most influential artists of the 20th century and a true Canadian hero!

Canadian Spirit 2016 – On the Edge of all the Wild Stuff
This year’s theme On the Edge of All the Wild Stuff, will look at historical events that took place in 1916 such as Women winning the right to vote in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta; the election of the first female magistrate in the British Empire (in Alberta); the creation of an all-black battalion of 500,000 troops by the Government of Canada; as well as Tom Thomson’s peripheral involvement with the War, city living and his continued time spent in Algonquin where his style became increasingly looser, more confident and poised for a major break-through. Canadian Spirit will celebrate these events through its Off-Site Multi-Arts Projects Program consisting of multi-disciplinary forms of visual, media, performing and literary arts, relevant to both historical and contemporary issues, that will challenge, provoke, and inspire audiences of all ages.

More about Canadian Spirit exhibitions and programmes can be found  HERE