Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Everyday Light: Family Photographs Selected by Contemporary First Nations Artists

A Project of Discovery by The Sweet Grass Collective and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Now showing at The Reach extension building at Confederation College until May, 2014

Drawings by Ahmoo Angeconeb

Until April 27

Meeting Room Gallery

Michael Anderson: Carvings From the North Shore

April 4 - May 25

Reception and Walking Tour by the Artist: Sunday, May 4 at 2 pm

Carvings from the North Shore features the work of Thunder Bay artist Michael Anderson. Depicting scenes and stories from Anderson's life growing up in the Nipigon area, these recent sculptures remind us not only of the long history of antler carvings across the globe but also of the profound versatility of the medium. Delicate and detailed, this exhibition marks the artist's first and the most comprehensive examination of antler carvings to date at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Michael Anderson, Swimming with Sedna, 2013, moose antler
with steel rod stand, 66 x 81 .3 cm.


Digitizing the Collection

April 4 - June 15

Behind the Scenes: Digitizing the Collection at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery's Permanent Collection houses some of Canada's most important works of art. With nearly 1600 works, the collection contains a range of objects, from paintings and prints to masks and beaded jewellery. The over 340 artists hail from all over Canada, with each province and two territories being represented.

While frequent exhibitions showcasing the Gallery's collection occur throoughout the year, it is impossible to show everything, and many pieces remain in storage. In an effort to give greater access to these works, a digitization project was begun in Spring 2013. From documenting our collection facilitating the creation of a database of images and information that will be available online, to compiling historical information on the acquisition of each piece, to tracking down copyright holders and more, the digitization project has allowed us to think about our permement collection in new ways.

Here we give you a sneak-peek into this exciting and important project, showcasing a few of the fascinating pieces within our collection, and revealing just a little of the behind-the-scenes digitization process. 


Into the Woods: Etchings by George Raab

April 19 - June 15

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Artist Talk: Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 pm

George Raab has participated in more than a hundred group shows world wide. Among many other international awards, he is a winner of the Grand Prize for Prints at the prestigious American Biennial of Graphic Art.

This latest exhibition of Millbrook, Ontario-based artist George Raab investigates his photo-based intaglio prints, which portray the iconic Canadian forest.

Raab's practice spans four decades and is grounded in portraying the wooded world. From his early etchings to present day photo-based prints, his work emphasizes the difference between short-term and long-lasting perceptions of nature, revealing our relationship to nature's splendour and our collective need to better care for and protect our living forests.

- Carla Garnet, Curator - Art Gallery of Peterborough

George Raab, A Separate Reality, intaglio print, 87.63 x 59.4 cm.


John Hartman: A View From Collins
Works From the Permanent Collection

April 19 - May 25

Curated by Nadia Kurd

From 1976 - 1978 and 1980 - 1981, artist John Hartman lived in the Northwestern Ontario community of Colliins. For Hartman, the experience living in what is now known as Namaygoosisagagun First Nation, was not only transformational, but also gave him insights to the rich inner lives of the people in the community.

Writing on his work in 1988, curator Dorothy Farr points out that not only do we sense the rugged physicality of place in Hartman's work, but also the social impact and challenges presented by the exposure to Western values and the introduction of an evangelical Christian movement to the community. Moreover, these small-scale, stark and almost child-like renderings of the landscape and people reflect more the symbolic changes rather than depict the literal representations. As Hartman writes, the work raises particular experiences to a universal level for contemplation and a new understanding of ourselves as human beings. Donated by the Artist to the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in 2000, this exhibition showcases the suite of prints and drawings produced by Hartman during his time in Collins.

John Hartman, Luke Yellowhead Waits for Telephone Call, 1989, oil on
canvas, 167.6 x 243.8 cm. Gift of John Hartman.