The Art Museum cares for four major collections, each of which has its own mandate and focus. The most active areas of the collection are the University of Toronto Collection and the Hart House Collection. Where the former is built largely by donations in the area of Canadian historical and contemporary art, the latter is built by acquisitions through the Hart House Acquisitions Committee, with a strong focus on works by living Canadian artists, and especially emerging and midcareer artists of First Nations and culturally diverse backgrounds.
Supported by matching funds from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Elizabeth Gordon Art Program, recent purchases include works by Abbas Akhavan, Deanna Bowen, Wendy Coburn, Robin Collyer, Erika DeFreitas, Luis Jacob, Meryl McMaster, Shelley Niro, Dawit Petros, Jon Sasaki, Adrian Stimson, Laurel Woodcock, among many others.
Page Image: Abbas Akhavan, Blue Shield edition 1 of 3, 2010, Section of a wall removed, painted and placed on the gallery roof, dimensions variable.