About the AGO

Located in Toronto, Canada’s largest city of 5.9 million, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is one of the largest art museums in North America. The AGO’s collection of close to 95,000 works ranges from cutting-edge contemporary art such as Untilled by Pierre Huyghe to European masterpieces such as Peter Paul Rubens’s The Massacre of The Innocents; from the vast collection by the Group of Seven to works by established and emerging Indigenous Canadian artists; with a photography collection that tracks the impact of the medium with deep holdings of works by artists such as Garry Winogrand and Diane Arbus; and with focused collections in Gothic boxwood miniatures and Western and Central African art. Drawing on this collection—as well as collaborations with museums around the world—the AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs, taking special care to showcase diverse and underrepresented artists. A major expansion designed by Frank Gehry in 2008 with lead support from the family of Ken Thomson makes the AGO a highly-photographed architectural landmark.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.

OUR MANDATE

Mission

We bring people together with art to see, experience and understand the world in new ways by presenting great ART, facilitating LEARNING and engaging our AUDIENCE.  

Vision

The AGO will lead global conversations from Toronto through extraordinary collections, exhibitions and programs and by reflecting the people who live here.

Values

  • Lead with quality
  • Be inclusive and accessible
  • Lead with contemporary relevance
  • Be adaptable and flexible
  • Achieve financial equilibrium

 

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Our Board of Trustees

The AGO is governed by a 27-person Board of Trustees. Our Trustees act in a position of trust and are responsible for the effective governance of the Gallery and the advancement of our mission, vision and values.

Meet the Board

Press and Media

Find our press releases, media contact information and a link to our press room, where journalists can find high resolution images and more information about our current and upcoming exhibitions.

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Fact Sheets

Fiscal Year

A history of the changing definition of the Gallery's fiscal year, currently from April to March


The Art Galley of Ontario Foundation Board of Trustees

The Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation plays an integral role in supporting the AGO’s vision by serving as permanent custodian and steward of the endowment funds of the AGO.

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