Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Carleton University Art Gallery


CUAG is a vital cultural resource for the University and the wider community, bringing art and minds together. As a curatorial laboratory, its research and exhibitions of art illuminate the past, engage the present, and stimulate curiosity about the future.


CUAG builds and preserves the University’s art collection as a rich resource for research, teaching, learning and discovery through the direct experience of original works of art. As a public art gallery, it connects the cultural life of the University to that of the wider community through a lively and critical program of exhibitions, publications, and events that foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts.



We believe that art has the power to inspire us and transform the way we see the world, and we are committed to fostering and encouraging this potential.


We bring curiosity and openness to the experience of art; we value the risky, trial-and-error process of experimentation that is essential to the creation of works of art, and the insights and discoveries it reveals.


We aspire to the highest professional standards in the care and housing of the University’s art collection; in the development and presentation of thought-provoking exhibitions and publications; and in the provision of innovative opportunities for hands-on learning through art.


We believe that original works of art stimulate the senses and trigger the desire for knowledge. We are committed to providing challenging opportunities for young scholars to study the collection. We also support original research by guest curators and our staff, and make the results of this research public through exhibitions and publications, lectures and symposia.


We acknowledge the trust that is placed in us by artists, the University, our donors, and the public funding agencies, and aspire to transparency and accountability in all our professional activities. In particular, we adhere to the ethical guidelines adopted by such national and international museum bodies as the Canadian Museums Association, the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization, and the Association of Art Museum Directors.


We hold all our stakeholders in high esteem and treat them with consideration and respect at all times.


We believe that art is a public good, and strive to make the University’s collection and our exhibitions accessible, both physically and intellectually, to our diverse audiences.