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Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery

From the Renaissance brilliance of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, to their present-day contemporaries, art has been one of the great expressions of Italian culture, ideas, and achievement. Today that tradition lives on as we celebrate the artistic expressions of artists from across the country in our Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery.

Located in the Columbus Centre, our gallery, which sees some 20,000 guests annually, is a beautifully designed three-storey rotunda that allows uninhibited visibility while giving the aweing sensation of being surrounded by fine art. Our permanent collection comprises of over 200 pieces, while guest exhibits rotate on a monthly basis. Arrangements can be made for private viewings outside of regular hours.

Our spacious gallery is also an exceptional venue for hosting events of all sizes. Whether it is a corporate event, birthday, Christmas party, or private concert, the gallery’s natural acoustics and artistic surrounds makes for an unparalleled event space. Fully licensed with on-site catering prepared from our premier kitchens, our gallery makes your event planning a seamless experience.

The gallery’s curator, Rosa Graci, has over 20 years in arts, arts education and curatorial experience. She has been the driving force and the heartbeat of the gallery for over 14 years.

For further information about private bookings, please contact 416-789-7011 Ext. 300/245

Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday – Admission is FREE to the public

Toronto’s second largest public gallery welcomes and entertains 20,000 visitors annually. It was established in 1987 under the beneficent patronage of Toronto businessman, Joseph Carrier. Often referred to as “Toronto’s mini-Guggenheim”, the Gallery has 21,000 square feet of exhibition space and 750 linear feet of wall space on three circular levels, topped by a giant skylight! The Carrier Gallery is situated on 12 landscaped acres surrounding the Columbus Centre, the Italian community’s gift to multicultural Toronto.

We offer a variety of art programs (Oil and Acrylic) for adults, ages 18 years and up. The classes are taught by instructor Sam Paonessa.


We are a public gallery, with 4 beautiful venues. The Carrier’s primary mandate is to showcase Italian and Italian Canadian Artists. Our secondary mandate is to encourage artists who have been inspired from their travels to Italy and by experiencing the Italian culture to exhibit their art. The gallery showcases all styles and mediums in art. Guided tours are conducted by the gallery to more than 4,000 students every year.

Ken Danby’s 1998 exhibition, which attracted 10,000 visitors and set a Canadian record for sale of new work, Anthony Quinn, Benetton’s Oliviero Toscani and First Nations artists of Manitoulin Island, to name just a few.

The Gallery has displayed original work by Leonardo Da Vinci, Piranesi, Picasso and other historical masters. In 2000, we held the official millennium exhibition for the City of Toronto entitled Toronto’s Own: Celebrating People in Art and Artifacts.

The Gallery maintains a growing, permanent collection of 200 contemporary works of art.

The Carrier Gallery places strong emphasis on work by emerging, mid career and senior Canadian artists of Italian heritage. We also promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation, through culturally specific exhibitions. We have received artists and their work from many countries, including Japan, Russia, Italy, Holland, Austria, United States, Korea, China, Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile, Iran and Israel.


University/School Groups, Private Groups, Individuals: Please contact the Gallery or email us at carriergallery@villachairities.com or rgraci@villachairities.com

Please make a donation to support the gallery. Tax receipts will be available.

For inquiries and further information please contact us at, 416-789- 7011 Ext. 300/245


Click to view or download our new Spring & Summer 2017 Program Guide



Rosa Graci,
Art Gallery Coordinator