Once upon a time, we tended to think of art galleries as formal, occasionally stuffy, physical spaces where a passive audience would go to simply view the elite artist’s work.
The gallery of the 21st century is no longer a mere repository of work, however, but rather an active site of engagement, inspiration, co-creation and community.
The Robert Langen Art Gallery (RLAG) is the university’s visual arts centre. RLAG oversees art collections and policies across Laurier’s multicampus milieu and organizes visual arts programming that inspires, challenges and expands learning beyond the classroom.
Working with a wide range of university and community partners, the gallery develops exhibitions, artist lectures and arts-related events featuring practitioners who range from students and community members to leading national and international visual artists.
RLAG’s central space in the Waterloo campus library hosts four exhibitions per year by leading artists; ancillary exhibit spaces are devoted to the work of students, community members, and emerging professionals.
Our curator also oversees the university art collection of more than 1,000 works, including pieces by Henry Moore, Woldemar Neufeld and other masters. RLAG frequently tours its pieces and exhibits to locations throughout the university and surrounding communities for the enjoyment and benefit of all.
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