ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF REGINA
Image: FLATGRAFIKA PRINTMAKING CONFERENCE, 2018.
Located on Treaty 4, the traditional territory of the Cree, Saulteaux, Nakota, Lakota and Dakota peoples, and the homeland of the Métis people, the Art Gallery of Regina (AGR) promotes the development and appreciation of contemporary art, with an emphasis on Saskatchewan artists. Our programming focuses on the voices and experiences of Saskatchewan artists and visitors. AGR programming encompasses exhibitions (featuring established, emerging and recreational artists), education, publishing, workshops and artists talks. Through free public exhibitions and dedicated support for artists and innovation, the AGR has over 45 years as a supportive and creative cultural hub connecting artists and our communities.
The Art Gallery of Regina is an autonomous, independent public art gallery with non-profit and charitable status. We are a tenant in the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre located within the vibrant Cathedral Village neighbourhood in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The Gallery opened as an experimental satellite of the Norman Mackenzie Gallery in 1974 under the name Rosemont Art Gallery. The Rosemont's objective was to reach new audiences and respond to community demands for more local and regional programming. In 1976 an independent organization formed and incorporated as a non-profit society to take over the Gallery.
In 2005, after 30 years in operation, the name was changed to the Art Gallery of Regina to better reflect its scope and role in the community.
The Art Gallery of Regina is at 2420 Elphinstone Street, inside the Neil Balkwill Civic Art Centre . The facility is entirely wheelchair accessible. For more information on the accessibility of our facility, including photos, go to "accessibility of our spaces."
Amalie Atkins: where the hour floats, 2019. Photograph by Don Hall Photography.
Nic Wilson: Pavilion of Shadows. 2020. Curated by Wayne Baerwaldt. Photograph by Don Hall Photography.
DIRECTOR - JESS RICHTER
Jess Richter is a multi-disciplinary artist, arts administrator, curator and university instructor based in Regina, Saskatchewan. Prior to serving as Director, she acted as the Program Coordinator for the Art Gallery of Regina and brings years of experience to the role. She holds an MFA from the University of Regina, and currently focuses upon cultural identity and folklore in her creative practice.
CURATOR OF EXHIBITIONS AND PROGRAMMING - SANDEE MOORE
Sandee Moore brings her extensive experience as a curator, art critic, arts administrator, university instructor and interactive media artist to her position as Curator of Exhibitions and Programming at the Art Gallery of Regina.
Moore has deep connections to the Regina arts community, and her writing about art regularly appears in publications such as Border Crossings Magazine, GalleriesWest, Canadian Art, BlackFlash and Akimbo. She is also creator, producer and host of A Real Piece of… Art on CJTR 91.3 FM. In her previous role as Executive Director of Video Pool Media Arts Centre (Winnipeg), Moore organized a tour of Canadian video art to six venues across Japan; her independent curatorial projects have been disseminated nationally.
21-22 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT - DR. CHRISTINE RAMSAY
VICE PRESIDENT - MADHU KUMAR
TREASURER - DIANNE WARREN
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is the AGR free to visit?
A. Yes! We are a non-profit charity, and we do not charge any fee for admission.
Q. Can I take photographs?
A. Yes, and we encourage you to! We ask that you not use a flash and that if you share on social media you tag us:
Q. Can I register for a City class through you?
A. No. Despite being located in a City-operated building, we are not affiliated with the City. You will need to talk to a City staff person at the Neil Balkwill Centre for any leisure program related questions.
Q. I've never been to an art gallery before. What should I expect?
A. When you visit the AGR, you are entering a place where you have the opportunity to experience and think about the art you are seeing.
Popular culture can affect our expectations of what we think we should see in galleries. When you come to the AGR, you won't see paintings from 1950 or marble statues: The AGR focuses on contemporary art, which is work made by a living artist that makes observations or assessments about contemporary society and life. When you visit us, you will see work made by a living artist about issues that affect you right now!
We have many resources that can help you analyze and think about what you are seeing. From artist talks to a message from the curator explaining the ideas around the exhibition as well as a self-guided tour, we give viewers the tools to think about the work for themselves. If you want more information or have questions, you can talk to one of our staff who will be happy to come assist you!
Q. Do you sell art?
A. The AGR is not a commercial gallery: our goal is not to sell art but instead our goal is to present it to an audience for them to experience and observe. The purpose of the work in our main gallery is not to be purchased, but instead is part of a larger conversation being held in the exhibition.
We occasionally have fundraising sales (such as our Members' Show and Sale) as well as having members' work in the hallways that is for sale.
Q. Can you appraise this painting I found in my grandmother's attic?
A. Art appraisals are made by licensed professionals. The Art Gallery of Regina is a gallery that employs two staff who work with contemporary artists. Our staff are not licensed appraisers and cannot appraise artworks. Please seek a licensed art appraiser in your area.
Q. Can I show my artwork in your gallery?
A. The AGR has opportunities for professional, emerging and recreational artists in Saskatchewan. See our "submissions" page for further information. We do not exhibit artwork by artists from outside of Canada. We are not a commercial gallery.