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Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor

Categories: Art Galleries, Museums
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3.3/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
The Art Gallery of Windsor is a not-for-profit art institute in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.Established in 1943, the gallery has a mandate as a public art space to show significant works of art by local, regional, and national artists. The Art Gallery of Windsor has created, collected, presented, and conserved one of Ontario’s most significant collections of Canadian art, and is one of Windsor’s most notable cultural reserves.HistoryThe Art Gallery of Windsor was originally located in Walkerville’s Willistead Manor. The distinctive Tudor-Jacobean style building, built by architect Albert Kahn, housed the gallery from 1943 to 1975. It was during this period that the Art Gallery of Windsor was incorporated (1944) and developed the foundation of its collection of Canadian art.Under the direction of Kenneth Saltmarche the gallery acquired its first collection. In 1947, the Art Gallery of Windsor, or as it was known at the time, The Willistead Gallery, also became one of the founding members of The Southern Ontario Gallery Group, later known as the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.By 1958, attendance at Willistead Gallery overwhelmed the small space. Along with conflict between the Art Association, which controlled the gallery, and the library board from which it grew, the Windsor art movement was in danger of collapse. After approaching Windsor City Council to negotiate the situation, the Willistead Art Gallery became an independent institution with its own board of directors.
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  • The last time I went to the Art Gallery was in July of this year to celebrate my friends birthday, this is one of the places she wanted to visit on her day....she didn't have to twist my arm, I just w...  read more »
  • We first went to visit the Art Gallery on a Monday only to find it closed. Please note that it's closed Mondays although the adjoining museum was open. We did return the next day and were very pleasan...  read more »
  • We often went to Sundays in the Studio with our children for a free art class and then we'd wander a bit. It's not free anymore, but it's still nice to stop in. When we were there they had a great exh...  read more »
  • I've enjoyed very much last year the "Supermen" cartoon exhibition, but also the paintings. Friendly staff. There is a motto I recall: "Art in the eyes of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art is a masculine prerogative". The view of the river from their balcony is great.
  • I liked the exposition, but I found the museum a little small. The view is nice from the building.
  • This was a severely underwhelming experience relative to any art gallery I've ever visited, or any one ever. Second floor was inaccessible due to upgrades and third floor was a grand letdown. Do remember to step into this hallway where you can have a nice view of Detroit and the waterfront.
  • This was our first time attending, and we were thoroughly impressed.
  • Great art, beautiful views of the river, friendly staff, and absolutely free.
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