Mandate & History
The Art Museum is comprised of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House) and the University of Toronto Art Centre (University College). Located just a few steps apart, the two galleries were federated in 2014 and began operating under a new visual identity as the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, one of the largest gallery spaces for visual art exhibitions and programming in Toronto.
Building on the two galleries’ distinguished histories, the Art Museum organizes and presents an intensive year-round program of exhibitions and events that foster — at a local, regional, and international level — innovative research, interdisciplinary scholarship, and knowledge of art and its histories befitting Canada’s leading university and the country’s largest city.
The Art Museum’s programs are distinguished by:
- fostering emerging artists and curators through mentorship, experiential learning opportunities, and in collaboration with academic programs and studies across disciplines;
- developing histories and knowledge of contemporary art and artists at a local and international level;
- supporting original and experimental curatorial statements and positions;
- and featuring interdisciplinary projects on critical subjects or thematic concerns relevant in contemporary culture.
We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.
Mee maw g’chi meyo zhu Anishnaabeg me gone daw wot. Huron-Wendat mean wa Seneca gee zhin cause wook. Credit River zeebing end daa wot Mississagas. University of Toronto, meegwetch when mook nda kee wot mom pee ki. Neebowa gee ya bi go n’kwesh daad wook maw ki mean ehn daa woot nen daa goot. – Anishinaabemowin translation by Ernie Sandy
EH WETAMACK, OMA ASKI, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO KAHESHE CHAMATECK. WAYCATCH OCHI, HELILIWUK NISTUM OTA KEYTASHEKAYWAK. AH NOOCH MAKA, MECHAYTOWUK HELILIWUK OTA EH TASHEKAYCHICK. NEEWETHEYNA, EH NANASKOMOYAK OTA EHAHBATISSIYAK. – Omuskegowuk translation by Andrew Wesley
Executive Director / Chief Curator
Sarah Robayo Sheridan
Curator, Indigenous Contemporary Art
John G. Hampton
Heather Darling Pigat
Mimi Joh, Chair
Ex Officio Members
Principal, University College, University of Toronto
Executive Director/Chief Curator, University of Toronto Art Centre
John F. Monahan
Warden, Hart House, University of Toronto
Vice- Provost Students & First -Entry Divisions, University of Toronto
Learn more about the Art Museum’s exhibitions and programming.
As a university-based institution and steward of nationally significant art collections we are deeply engaged in mentorship, education, training, and experiential learning opportunities for students, emerging professionals and volunteers.
The Art Museum accepts artists’ submissions in the form of printed material and digital images for research purposes only. Materials will not be returned.
OAC Exhibition Assistance Program
The Art Museum is a sanctioned Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant Recommender Organization for Region 3.
The program provides grants of $500 to $1,500 to assist individual artists with costs related to presenting their work for an exhibition.
Due November 15 or the next business day if on a weekend. Applications are reviewed after each due date as a group. Responses sent within 6 weeks of the deadlines.
Applications and guidelines are available through the Ontario Arts Council.