With nine exhibition galleries, the André Biéler Studio to facilitate research creation and art education, and assorted public spaces, including the period rooms of the historic Etherington House, the Agnes is home to a range of diverse collections numbering over 17,000 works. Collection strengths include international contemporary art, Canadian historical and modern art, Indigenous art and global ethnographical collections, and the Canadian Historical Dress collection. The Bader Collection, focused on Rembrandt and his school, encompasses more than 200 paintings, including four paintings by Rembrandt. The Bader Collection is among the most important university collections of sixteenth and seventeenth art in North America, and central to the Agnes’ mandate.
Reporting to the Deputy Provost and working closely with internal and external stakeholders, the new Director will be responsible for driving the next stage of growth for the Agnes. Thanks to a major financial commitment from a private source, this includes a new facility worthy of the Agnes collections, which will extend the art museum’s contributions to its communities and the global reach and presence of the Agnes’ programs.
The Director will work proactively to engage diverse communities in order to help advance the university’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity, as well as support university-wide strategic planning goals as found in the Strategic Framework, Strategic Research Plan, Comprehensive International Plan, and other key documents. Through the Agnes’ active publishing program, artist’s residencies, and digital initiatives, and by seeking new partnerships and resources outside the University, the Director will strengthen the Agnes’ educational and academic mission. The Director will work collaboratively with varied undergraduate and graduate academic units, including but not limited to the Department of Art History and Art Conservation, Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies, Cultural Studies, as well as other units on campus such as Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, and many student-led groups.