About the Permanent Collection

Exciting in its variety and depth, the Art Centre’s permanent collection is one of the most notable in Canada. Built over the past half-century through purchase and donation, it currently numbers some 15,000 objects, and is the broadest and most diverse among Canadian university art galleries.

Canadian historical and contemporary art (including new media) are particularly well represented. Of unique interest is the AEAC Collection, a corpus of over 100 paintings, that continues to grow through generous donations. Similarly, the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection of West African Art is among the most significant of its kind in Canada. Graphic holdings are also exceptional, with concentrations in Renaissance and Baroque drawings, and European prints from the 16th to the 20th centuries.

The collection also includes concentrations of Inuit art, Canadian quilts, Canadian costume, Canadian and European silver, and Canadian and American pressed glass, as well as smaller ethnographic holdings.