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Press Releases 2008

First Nations Works of Art – The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario

December 8, 2008. Ken Thomson's unparalleled collection of Canadian works of art includes an important group of First Nations objects which span two millennia, from around 200 BC to the late 19th century

The AGO and Aeroplan Announce Nominees for The Grange Prize

February, 13, 2008. The AGO and Aeroplan today announced the two Canadian and three international finalists for the inaugural Grange Prize for contemporary photography

AGO to Acquire First Cuban Work of Art

February 20, 2008. Postcapital, an elaborate work by renowned contemporary artist Carlos Garaicoa, will join the AGO's permanent collection

Accessibility a Priority in the Transformed AGO

March 31, 2008. When the AGO opens in fall 2008, expanded access programs will include free after-school general admission for all Ontario secondary students

Canadian Photographer, Sarah Anne Johnson, Wins $50,000 Grange Prize

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aeroplan have announced that Winnipeg photographer, Sarah Anne Johnson, is the winner of the inaugural Grange Prize for Contemporary Photography.

AGO and CONTACT present a transformative installation by Suzy Lake

May 1, 2008. The AGO, in collaboration with the CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival 2008, presents a site-specific installation by one of Canada’s most important artists

AGO Unveils Bold New Logo

May 15, 2008. The AGO has unveiled a distinctive new logo that will represent the Gallery well beyond its Fall 2008 opening

Transformed AGO sets public opening Free admission November 14-16

May 28, 2008. On Friday, November 14, the fully-transformed AGO will open to the public with three days of free admission

Momentum builds for Transformation AGO Campaign achieves $254 million goal

June 26, 2008. Five months before the new AGO opens, the Transformation AGO Campaign has reached its goal of $254 million

AGO Youth Council Programming Focuses on Identity, Nationality and Community

July 31, 2008. Throughout 2008, the AGO Youth Council will showcase a lineup of innovative programming with three major projects that focus on identity, nationality and community

AGO Announces Lead Inaugural Partner

September 3, 2008. The AGO announces a three-year partnership with BMO Financial Group as Lead Inaugural Partner of its grand opening and Signature Partner of the Canadian Collection Program.

W. Garfield Weston Foundation Boosts Arts Education at the AGO

September 16, 2008. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has committed the largest single gift in support of art education in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s 108-year history

Maxine Granovsky and Ira Gluskin Make $10 million Commitment to the new AGO

September 23, 2008. Two leadership donors to the AGO have more than doubled their original donation for a total gift of $10 million to the new Art Gallery of Ontario.

AGO Continues its Transformation with Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

September 26, 2008. As the transformed AGO nears completion, it will host a light installation from October 4 to 5 as part of the third annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

Corporate Community Continues to Support the AGO Through Bold New Partnerships

October 8, 2008. The AGO is pleased to announce several new partnerships, adding to the already impressive corporate support for the Gallery's future programming

AGO Acquires Three New Works at Toronto International Art Fair

October 7, 2008. The AGO has acquired Pascal Grandmaison's Hoping the Light Will Save Us 1, 2008, Shirley Wiitasalo's Orange, 2007, and Spring Hurlbut's Mary #1, From Deuil, 2006, at this year's Toronto International Art Fair

AGO's New Restaurant FRANK Serves Contemporary Comfort Cuisine

When the new restaurant FRANK opens to the public on November 14, AGO visitors can expect a culinary experience that will transcend their expectations of gallery dining.

New AGO will feature furniture by leading Danish and Canadian designers

October 16, 2008. When the transformed AGO opens on November 14, it will not only be filled with spectacular art, but will feature beautiful, contemporary furniture by avant-garde Danish and Canadian designers.

Campbell Gift of $5 Million to AGO Pioneers New Approach to Philanthropy

October 28, 2008. Long-time AGO donors and art collectors Vivian and David Campbell are significantly increasing their support of Transformation AGO with a generous and trail-blazing donation that will also enhance the success of future AGO fundraising campaigns.

Françoise Sullivan the second recipient of Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO

November 4, 2008. On November 27 the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation acknowledge Françoise Sullivan’s contribution to visual arts in Canada.

Campaign Surpasses $276 Million Goal As Transformed AGO Opens to the World

November 13, 2008. As the transformed AGO prepares to open its doors to the world, Charlie Baillie, president of the Board of Trustees, announces that the Transformation AGO Campaign has surpassed its goal of $276 million.

Enthusiastic Crowds Stream Through Transformed AGO

November 17, 2008. More than 68,000 people streamed through the transformed Art Gallery of Ontario throughout its opening week — almost 52,000 of them during the 29-hour free weekend Nov. 14–16.

AGO’s Iconic Staircase Opens At Last

Toronto, December 2, 2008. One of the most distinctive architectural features of the Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Ontario opens to the public this Thursday, December 4.

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