Art Inspiration And Exhibition At Renovated Legacy Art Gallery

Imagine being surrounded by original works of art from the contemporary artists of the Northwest—artists such as Emily Carr, E. J. Hughes and Max Maynard. Now imagine how inspiring it would be to study original art and curatorial practices in that space. That’s just what art students from the University of Victoria are doing now at UVic’s recently renovated Legacy Art Gallery.

The Legacy Art Gallery has undergone extensive renovations to include teaching and research space and to transform itself into UVic’s primary gallery venue. It reopens to the public on Wednesday, August 17 with the exhibit “Convergence/Divergence: Landscape and Identity on the West Coast” (, which features the works of some of the areas best-known artists including Emily Carr, Rande Cook, Donald Harvey, E. J. Hughes, Max Maynard, Marianne Nicolson, Toni Onley and Norman Yates.

“The Legacy Gallery is a great place for community members and tourists to see some amazing art but it’s not just an art gallery—it’s a place for learning, teaching and research,” says University of Victoria Art Collections Interim Director Joy Davis.

The Legacy Art Gallery will continue to showcase the Michael Williams collection, as well as other material from UVic’s rich and diverse collections. However, in order to create more room for art and scholarship, there is no longer a café at the Legacy Art Gallery.

In addition to the works at the Legacy Art Gallery, pieces from UVic’s critically acclaimed collection can be seen in the many publically accessible buildings on campus, through its “art for loan program,” and in off-campus locations such as Royal Jubilee Hospital, Swans Hotel, Government House and Cool Aid Community Health Centre (Access Health).

The Legacy Art Gallery is located at 630 Yates Street in Victoria. Admission is free and the gallery is open 
Wednesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Media contacts

Joy Davis (Interim Director, University of Victoria Art Collections) at 250-381-7650 or

Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at 250-213-1705 or

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