The Robert Langen Art Gallery (RLAG) has played a vital role at Wilfrid Laurier University since its opening in 1989. As the university's visual arts centre, the gallery exists to provide knowledge, stewardship, appreciation and enjoyment of Canadian art and culture to members of the Laurier community and to the community at large.
To achieve this goal, RLAG offers annual programming that reflects and compliments concepts and theories in the university’s academic curriculum and also integrates community outreach initiatives as related to the visual arts. Working with the Laurier academic community and community partners, the gallery develops exhibitions, artist lectures and arts-related events that meet the needs of each academic year.
Named in honour of Robert Langen, professor emeritus and art committee chair (1968-1977), RLAG is committed to providing a focus which is unique and reflective of contemporary Canadian art issues.
Main gallery exhibition schedules are booked one to two years in advance of each academic year and all featured artists are working professionals. The curator has adopted an interdisciplinary approach to exhibition programming and RLAG hopes to encourage creative thinking, challenge viewers to explore new ideas and expand on their personal development.
In the fall of 2015, a series of micro-gallery spaces were opened in the Waterloo campus Library adjacent to the elevators on floors 4-7. These spaces host the new LIFT Series of works by community artists, as well as rotating works from the university’s permanent collection.
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