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Press Releases 2008

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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