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Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor

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Art Gallery
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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  • I remember the Windsor Art gallery from a time it was housed in a former brewery, and there was plenty of space then, with many different exhibit halls and a very beautiful cafe where one could sit in...  more »
  • Such a lovely place! Wonderful collection of fine art. Excellent curation. Regularly updated exhibits.  more »
  • Have been here many times keep hoping it will be better as I love art. They have changing shows. Parking is very little. Not easy to find.  more »
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  • The Art Gallery of Windsor is an amazing resource for anyone interested in learning about the cities past as throughout the year they have different exhibitions that are often based on the local area. The building is beautiful and offers an amazing view of the Detroit skyline.
  • Nice small collection of artwork. Takes a couple hours if you take your time. If you are downtown and looking for something to do its a good place to go. There is also a museum attached that would occupy more time but you will have to pay extra for that.
  • Really good collection and exhibits at this gallery. Absolutely worth a visit if in Windsor. Also take a stroll on the waterfront to see the sculpture Park.
  • Very nice modern museum with fantastic views. Also a really nice event space.
  • Be sure to check out the Sandwich Project! Open through October 1st.