Rotunda Gallery

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Please note that the gallery is currently closed as part of City Hall and City facilities closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For full details, visit the City of Kitchener's COVID-19 updates page

The gallery 

The Rotunda Gallery is an open-concept space located on the ground floor at Kitchener city hall. It is open 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekends and holidays.

The gallery's hanging wall has a 48 foot picture rail and 48 inches of vertical hanging space and features monthly exhibits of the work of regional artists. It is ideal for displaying two-dimensional artwork, but cannot accommodate sculpture in the round.

2020 Rotunda Gallery exhibition schedule:

Rotunda Gallery November exhibit: Threadbare

Steven Restagno

Artist statement: “‘Threadbare’ is an ongoing series of self-portraits hidden in clothing. These paintings are meant to reflect on desire through simple gestures, using a pair of underwear, tattered jeans, or an old shirt to illustrate a longing for something physical. 

What we wear is like an extension of our skin, a history of movements, shapes and smells collected in fabric, which retain a part of us even when we are absent from it. For me, the clothing that I paint has just as much life and presence as the figure hidden underneath. It acts not only as an object of concealment and comfort, but as a separate body and a symbol for unrequited union.”

For more information on the featured artist, visit Steven Restagno’s website or Instagram page

Exhibition page on website: www.stevenrestagno.com/threadbare

Email: restagnosteve@gmail.com

Photo Gallery: Rotunda Gallery - November - Steven Restagno will appear here on the public site.

Exhibition program

The exhibition program at the Rotunda Gallery supports professional contemporary practice in the visual arts. A call for exhibition proposals is posted annually on the Calls for artist proposals page.  To promote the local development of visual arts, artists from Waterloo region are given preference, but artists from other Ontario localities may apply. Proposals are selected by a jury of arts professionals, and are reviewed for quality of artistic work and professional credentials.

Each May, the Rotunda Gallery celebrates the creative expression of our local youth through an exhibition of their art work. 

Every second year the gallery features the work of Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area (CAFKA).

For more information, please contact us at 519-741-2200 ext. 7912.

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