Gabrielle Peacock gives keynote address at Sustainable Economies: Regional Public Art Galleries and Art-Vibrant Scenes

On Friday, 27 March, the RMG will send two team members to the Art Gallery of Windsor to speak at Sustainable Economies: Regional Public Art Galleries and Art-Vibrant Scenes, a one-day professional development exchange presented by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG). This event gathers directors, curators, and emerging arts professionals together to explore the role and sustainability of public art gallery collections in today’s fluctuating economies.

With a focus on gallery impacts arising from the 2008 and 2009 recession in the automotive-based economies of Oshawa, Windsor and Detroit, presenters and panelists will share examples of ongoing and sustained artistic innovations undertaken during depressed and changing economies. Gabrielle Peacock, the outgoing Chief Executive Officer of the RMG, will present Making Culture Count: A Case Study in the Role of the Museum Leadership and City Revitalization.

Communications and Social Media Coordinator, Sam Mogelonsky, will present on the gallery’s monthly program, RMG Fridays. For four years, on the first Friday of the month, the gallery comes to life at night with musical performances and interactive art experiences. With continued support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, this free program showcases local talent while providing an avenue for the RMG to expand its audiences and engage with community partners.

OAAG aims to empower Ontario public art galleries through advocacy, professional development, and network building. Attendees of OAAG’s event will have the opportunity to discuss how galleries have adapted, opportunities and barriers for artistic innovation existing in each community, as well as share regional funding and revenue strategies that can help sustain public art gallery collections. Joining Peacock as a keynote speaker is Catharine Mastin, Director, Art Gallery of Windsor, who will speak on support for arts and culture through municipal funding.


(Left) Border Cultures part 3 (security, surveillance), 2015, installation view, Art Gallery of Windsor.
(Right) Exterior view by Michel Cullen, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

We’re Pleased to Announce Two OAAG Awards!

The 2013 Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) Awards were presented on September 27 at the University of Toronto Art Centre.  The Awards are annual, province-wide, juried awards of artistic merit and excellence. They recognize the new exhibitions, publications, programs and community partnerships that have been commissioned and produced by Ontario’s public art galleries over the previous year.

Our Senior Curator, Linda Jansma commented “The OAAG awards are particularly important as they represent the best in the work that Ontario art galleries are doing as reviewed by our peers. We are very pleased to have nominated Stuart Reid for the writing award and congratulate him on being chosen as the winning recipient.”

We’re thrilled to announce that we were named as partners in two exhibitions that won Curatorial Writing Awards:

Simone Jones All That Is Solid Catalogue Cover

Simone Jones All That Is Solid Catalogue Cover

Stuart Reid
“Simone Jones: The Image Stream”
Simone Jones: All That Is Solid
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham-Kent, and The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford, 2012

The exhibition Simone Jones: All That Is Solid was at the RMG from 17 November, 2012  to 13 January, 2013.
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A Vital Force Catalogue Cover

A Vital Force Catalogue Cover

Major Essay
Alicia Boutilier
“A Vital Force: The First Twenty Years”
A Vital Force: The Canadian Group of Painters
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 2013

The exhibition A Vital Force: The Canadian Group of Painters opens at the RMG on November 30th and is on view until February 9th, 2014. The opening reception is held at RMG Fridays on Friday December 6 from 7-10pm.

For more information on the OAAG Awards and to read more about all of the recipients in 2013, click here.

If you’re interested in reading these essays, the catalogues are available for purchase at the RMG Shop or through ABC Books Canada.