Curators' Circle

Art has the power to spark dialogue, create community and change lives. Join Curators’ Circle and help the AGO present an extraordinary exhibition program and a dynamic suite of talks, films and performances. Your membership also helps the AGO open the doors wide, enabling us to offer free admission to visitors 25 and under and boldly declare that art is for everyone.

Gain fresh new perspectives on art and see the world anew through private viewings and insightful talks led by curators, artists and art experts. Gather with a community of art enthusiasts, collectors and friends.

Explore your AGO with unlimited admission, guest privileges, discounts and perks. Enjoy reciprocal free admission to select art museums across North America.

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Curators' Circle Members receive:

  • Free admission to the Gallery for two cardholders and guests

  • Invitations to Curators’ Circle events featuring talks by curators, artists and cultural luminaries

  • Recognition in the AGO Annual Report and on the Annual Donor Wall

  • Charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount per Canada Revenue Agency guidelines

  • Reciprocal admission to select art museums across North America

  • Discounts on AGO learning programs, art classes, and camps

  • Use of the Norma Ridley Members’ Lounge

  • Complimentary coat check and audio guides (when available)

  • 10% discount in shopAGO, AGO Bistro, and caféAGO

  • Subscription to AGO Insider, the AGO weekly e-newsletter

  • Voting privileges at the Annual General Meeting


PATRONS' LEVEL ($2,500 – $4,999)

A Patrons' Level member receives all of the core Curators' Level benefits. 

DIRECTOR'S LEVEL ($5,000 - $9,999)

Members of the Director's Level receive all Patrons' Level membership privileges, plus:

  • Invitations to exclusive curator-led tours of exhibitions and collections

PRESIDENT'S LEVEL ($10,000 - $14,999)

Members of the President's Level receive all Director's Level membership privileges, plus:

  • Invitation to an exclusive behind-the-scenes event

CHAIR'S LEVEL ($15,000 - $24,999)

Members of the Chairman's Level receive all President's Level membership privileges, plus:

  • Opportunity to participate in a two-day art trip led by the AGO’s Director or curators

*Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and related expenses


Members of the Benefactors' Level receive all Chairman's Level membership privileges, plus:

  • A tailored stewardship program in recognition of this generous gift

Curators' Circle Events


Curators' Circle
Exclusive | Hito Steyerl: This is the future
Monday, November 4, 2019 | 5:30pm

Hito Steyerl is often heralded as creating art for our times. She blends the personal with the political and irony with seriousness as she investigates how images are created, packaged and consumed in the digital age.

Curators' Circle
Exclusive | Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956-1971
Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 5:30pm

The legendary American photographer Diane Arbus revolutionized portraiture through the range of subjects she captured and her distinctive style. She created a body of work that reflects a yearning to make visible the diverse range of humanity nudists, carnival performers, dwarfs, children, and suburban families.

Curators' Circle
Exclusive | Illusions: The Art of Magic
Tuesday March 24, 2020 | 5:30pm

This exhibition explores the evolution of magic as a performing art at a time when names like Alexander Herrmann, Howard Thurston and, of course, Houdini, were pillars of popular entertainment.


Michael Taylor, Co-chair

Tannie Ng, Co-chair

Robin Anthony
Cathy Bisset-Parkes
Terry Burgoyne
Lisa Eaton
Eileen Farrow
Marie Foss
Shael Greenberg
Claire Kilgour Hervey
Bruce Lawson 
Gisèle McIsaac
Annette Metz Pivnick 
Anne Odette Kaye
Sarah Scott
Gillian Smith
Alexandra Von Schroeter
Carol Weinbaum
Susan Wortzman

Ruth Keilty

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