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Art Gallery of Peterborough
Established 1974
Location 250 Crescent Street
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 2G1
Type Art museum

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is a free admission, non-profit public art gallery in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. A registered charity that depends on the support of its members, it was founded in 1974 by an independent board of volunteers. In 1977 it was given the Foster House by the City of Peterborough, a historical residence set in parkland beside Little Lake. In 1979 The gallery expanded to its current size of 11,000 square feet (1,000 m2) with the construction of its modernist wing designed by Crang & Boake architects. The collection presently numbers over 1,300 pieces. In addition to its permanent collection and exhibitions, the gallery offers many educational programs for adults and children. There is also a gift shop featuring a variety of works by local and national artisans.

The acquisition program is funded by private donations and matching grants from the Canada Council. Annual operating and management costs are provided by the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and community fundraising efforts. The Peterborough municipal government provides a grant to cover building maintenance and landscaping. The gallery is a member of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

Prominent Canadian artists with works in the collection include David Bierk, Ron Bloore, Ivan Eyre, Jack Shadbolt, and Bill Vazan.


The art gallery holds frequent exhibitions. A sample:

  • 2011 (Summer) Robert Houle - Paris/Ojibwa
  • 2010 (Winter) Allyson Mitchell - Ladies Sasquatch
  • 2009 (Summer) Nobuo Kubota - Hokusai Revisited
  • 2009 (Winter) Mendelson Joe - Joe's Politicians
  • 2008 Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour collection
  • 2000
  • 1996
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1990
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