Gallery Arcturus

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Gallery Arcturus
Gallery Arcturus art museum Toronto.jpg
Exterior view of Gallery Arcturus
Gallery Arcturus is located in Toronto
Gallery Arcturus
Location of the museum in Toronto
Established 1994
Location 80 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°39′36″N 79°22′41″W / 43.6600986°N 79.3780152°W / 43.6600986; -79.3780152
Type Art museum
Curator Deborah Harris
Public transit access BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg TTC subway: College, Dundas

Gallery Arcturus is an art gallery and museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located near Church and Wellesley in Toronto's Garden District on Gerrard Street between Church and Jarvis streets, and is a member of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries[1] and the Ontario Museum Association.[2]


Gallery Arcturus is a public, not-for-profit contemporary art gallery with a permanent art collection of over 200 works including drawings, paintings, collages, photographs and sculptures made by notable North American artists including the photographer Simeon Posen, the Inuit art sculptor Floyd Kuptana, and the renowned artist, teacher, writer, and founder of the School of Reductionism, E.J. Gold. The artist-in-residence and curator of the gallery is Deborah Harris.

Since its inception, Gallery Arcturus has held many notable public exhibitions including Thomas Henrickson "Inner Mirror",[3] E.J. Gold "Large As Life",[4][5] Peter Banks "Emergence",[6] Carol George "Asia Calling",[7] Deborah Harris "Toward the One",[8] and Dominique Cruchet & Joan Cullen "Crossing the Great Waters".[9]


Gallery Arcturus was established in 1994 by the Foundation for the Study of Objective Art, a Canadian federally registered charitable organization, to provide members of the public with an opportunity to view and study works by contemporary North American artists free of charge and without commercial motives. The gallery was first located in rented space on Parliament Street in Toronto. The gallery began acquiring an extensive permanent art collection for display and study, starting with a significant purchase of works by members of the School of Reductionism in Grass Valley, California, including paintings by E.J. Gold, Della Haywood, Heather Valencia, Robert Trice and Kelly Rivera. The permanent art collection has continued to grow every year and now totals over 227 works of art.

In 1997, the Foundation for the Study of Objective Art purchased a 10,000 square foot heritage building located at 80 Gerrard Street East in downtown Toronto and renovated it to serve as the permanent location for the gallery and its administrative offices. The Gallery Arcturus building in addition to being a heritage property was immortalized by the famous Canadian Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris in a painting from 1912 titled Houses, Gerrard Street, Toronto, now a part of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Permanent art collection[edit]

The Gallery Arcturus permanent art collection includes the following artists:[10] Dara Aram, Gisele Boulianne, William Caldwell, Peter Chung, Ed Cramer, Dominique Cruchet, Joan Cullen, Carol Currie and Stuart Leggett, Chris Dolan, Marie Fournier, Neil Fox, Camie Geary-Martin, Luke Gilliam, E.J. Gold, Jeremy Gordaneer, Christopher Griffin, Scott Griffin, Marni Grossman, Deborah Harris, Michael Hayes, Della Heywood, Lenka Holubec, Randy Hryhorczuk, Louis Irkok Jr, Olena Kassian, Floyd Kuptana, Dongmin Lai, Grabriel Lalonde, Chris Langstroth, Elaine Ling, Yousha Liu, Ruth Luginbuehl, Jorge Luna, Andrea Maguire, Larry Middlestadt, Sharon Naidos, Joachim Oepkes, Simeon Posen,[11] Terri Quinn, Kelly Rivera, Wendy Rombough, Paul Saari, R.C. Trice, Heather Valencia, Susan Valyi, Francine Vernac, Irena Vormittag, Pamela Williams.

Exhibition spaces[edit]

Gallery Arcturus consists of five exhibit spaces: Genesis, Up North, E.J. Gold, Collage, and the Ascending Gallery. The Genesis Gallery is the space where artists are invited to create work in response to an inquiry initiated by artist-in-residence Deborah Harris. The Up North Gallery features landscape paintings and sculptures reflecting northern Canada, including sculptures by Floyd Kuptana. The E.J. Gold Gallery on the 2nd floor contains works from the permanent art collection including paintings, drawings, ceramics and books by Gold. The Collage Gallery adjoins this space with works by Deborah Harris and other artists currently working in collage. The Ascending Gallery on the 4th floor features works by photographer Simeon Posen and many of the gallery's collected artists.[12]


  1. ^ "Art museums in Canada". Artcyclopedia. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gallery Arcturus". Discover Ontario Museums. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Betty Ann Jordan (July 12, 1997). "Inner Mirror". Globe & Mail. 
  4. ^ Betty Ann Jordan (July 29, 1997). "Large as Life". Globe & Mail. 
  5. ^ John Northcott (August 1, 1997). "Large as Life". CBLT-TV. 
  6. ^ "Emergence". City-TV. January 24, 1998. 
  7. ^ John Northcott (March 18, 1998). "Asia Calling". CBC National News. 
  8. ^ Jody Glaser (June 5, 1998). "About Town Friday". CIUT Radio. 
  9. ^ Yves-Gérard Mehou-Loko (May 8, 2014). "Y A Pas Deux Matins Pareils". Radio Canada. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Gallery Arcturus Website". Gallery Arcturus. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Simeon Posen Website". Simeonposen. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Toronto Art". Torontoart. Retrieved November 23, 2014.