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Agnes Etherington Art Centre

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

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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.

  • [children entering the Agnes]
    Summer SmARTs art campers arrive.
  • [large crowd listening to a speaker in the atrium]
    Agnes Atrium, Season Launch, fall 2017
  • [people listening to flutists playing]
    INSIDE AGNES gathering in the Etherington House with Flutissimo, April 2018
  • [children listening to docents]
    Beyond Classrooms spends one week at the Agnes. Here, Student Docents introduce the exhibition Road Trip: Across Canada with Alan C. Collier, spring 2017.
  • [view of art installation]
    Installation view, Absence/Presence: Contemporary Works in Dialogue. Frances K. Smith Gallery.
  • [view of art installation]
    Installation view, The Golden USB: Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens. Contemporary Feature Gallery, with contributions by Sadiqa de Meijer and Kevin Rodgers, and Maxime Chouinard from Kingston’s Museum of Health Care.
  • [people sitting and speaking]
    Artist-in-Residence duo Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens begin a workshop for local artists.
  • [view of art installation]
    Installation view, The form of formlessness: Teresa Carlesimo and Michael DiRisio. Frances K. Smith and Davies Foundation Galleries.
  • [people interacting with art installation]
    Interior view of The form of formlessness. Davies Foundation Galleries.
  • [people discussing art installation]
    Installation view, Alfred Bader Collects: Celebrating Fifty Years of The Bader Collection. The Bader Gallery.
  • [people viewing paintings]
    Installation view, Alfred Bader Collects: Celebrating Fifty Years of The Bader Collection. The Bader Gallery.
  • [people viewing paintings]
    Installation view, The Powers of Women: Female Fortitude in European Art. The Bader Gallery, with visitor using in-gallery iPad feature.
  • [view of art installation]
    Installation view, Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience. Samuel J. Zacks Gallery.
  • [people gathered around a speaker]
    Kent Monkman’s Artist Talk in Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience. Contemporary Feature Gallery.
  • [people viewing artwork]
    Participants in the Storying Resilience with the Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program tour Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience.
  • [people gathered around a docent speaking]
    Agnes Community Docent guides English as a Second Language learners in Log Cabin: A Canadian Quilt.
  • [view of art installation]
    Installation view, The Art of African Ivory. African Gallery.
  • [people working at a table]
    Quentin VerCetty’s Future Memories workshop in the André Biéler Studio begins, part of a conversation around The Arts Against PostRacialism.
  • [people working at a table]
    The Arts Against Postracialism transformed the Agnes with video and sculpture installations, workshops, and participatory performances. Shown here: Camille Turner in the David McTavish Art Study Room.
  • [people viewing artwork]
    Jacquelyn N. Coutré leads a discussion in the David McTavish Art Study Room.

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.

[Student viewing art]