WAG Current Exhibitions

Look Again: Form + Void

Print of a landscape of a snowy field with a line of trees in the background

Exhibition Run: February 18, 2023 – January 20, 2024
Curator: Corinna Ghaznavi, PhD

Look Again is a study in representation. It examines how an artist creates form and volume using a minimal amount of colour, how the use of negative space enhances an image, and how repetition and slight variations in a series alter how we interpret and understand what we are looking at. The selected artworks have muted or monochromatic palettes, and many are pared down to a few lines or a single focused object. There are works that draw us in and require examination, and others that need us to step back to see the whole.

A Delicate Hand: Florence Carlyle

Painting of white roses

Exhibition Run: February 18, 2023 – June 24, 2023
Curator: Corinna Ghaznavi, PhD

In response to the exhibition Look Again: Form and Void in the main gallery, A Delicate Hand showcases works by Florence Carlyle that are dominated by neutral, white, or pale palettes. Similar to the works in Look Again, these artworks by Carlyle examine how light and atmosphere are depicted and how pale objects are given volume against a pale background.

Glenn Elliott: Hyperreal

Sculpture of blue jeans

Exhibition Run: October 8, 2022 – June 24, 2023
Curator: Jessica Benjak-Waterous
Exhibition Advisor: Maxine Noel

In the early-1970s, Glenn Elliott made a series of hyperreal, largescale, homoerotic pop sculptures. Since 1990 the Woodstock Art Gallery has been in possession of Jeans. This exhibition pulls together works from the series which put Jeans in context with a t-shirt, leather jacket, cowboy boots, and more.  


Painting of a woman with brown hair wearing a headscarf

Exhibition Run: October 8, 2022 – June 24, 2023
Curator: Mary Reid

Inspired by the recent acquisition of largescale paintings from Tony Scherman's Difficult Women series, this exhibition will highlight "difficult" works in the Woodstock Art Gallery's permanent collection which are problematic or challenging in terms of content, subject matter and presentation.

Our Furry Friends

Oil painting of a St. Bernard dog

Exhibition Run: October 8, 2022 – June 24, 2023
Curator: Reilly Knowles

Our Furry Friends combines artworks of cats and dogs from the Woodstock Art Gallery's permanent collection with photographs and artifacts from the Woodstock Museum National Historic Site to celebrate the animal companions of our past, present, and creative imaginations.

Of a Feather

Two soapstone sculptures of birds and a framed artwork displayed in window vitrines

Photo Credit: Joseph Hartman

Exhibition Run: October 8, 2022 – June 24, 2023
Curator: Reilly Knowles

Birds have long been a fascination of the human imagination. These nine artworks from the Woodstock Art Gallery’s permanent collection speak to a wide geographic area as well as a diversity of cultural perspectives. Across these works, the bird is rendered more than just a humble creature of flesh and feather, but is transmuted through the artist’s brush or chisel into an expression of the human spirit. Whatever our physical differences, artists have long sought to convey that birds and humans are of a feather.

Maxine Noel: Walks Beyond

Acrylic painting of a female figure in a red dress standing in front of a group of figures
Maxine Noel, Sioux (b. 1946), Remembrance (detail), 2022, acrylic on canvas, Woodstock Art Gallery Permanent Collection

Exhibition Run: February 18, 2023 – June 24, 2023

This exhibition features two recent acquisitions to the Woodstock Art Gallery's permanent collection by internationally renowned Indigenous artist Maxine Noel. Noels signs her work with her Sioux name, Ioyan Mani, which means "Walks Beyond." Her work often speaks to the importance and spiritual power of Indigenous women, a theme that is exemplified in the paintings The Gathering and Remembrance.

The Woodstock Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program in assisting with the purchase of these works.

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