Press Releases 2008
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.