Quest Art School + Gallery
Quest Art School + Gallery is a volunteer-run charitable organization located in Midland, Ontario and operating as guests on the ancestral lands of the Wendat and Ojibwe/Chippewa. Quest Art’s mission is to engage and enrich the community through visual arts exhibition, education, and appreciation. Their mandate is to demonstrate excellence and innovation through arts education and the presentation of contemporary and interdisciplinary art practices that critically address current issues relevant to our demographic. As part of our mandate, Quest Art celebrates diversity and encourages the creation and presentation of art by all levels of artists regionally and from across Canada.
Formed by 8 artists in 1995, by 2003 Quest Art had opened a gallery and was offering workshops for adults in a variety of visual media. In 2005, Quest Art launched a Young Artists’ Program to complement adult education. In 2009 Quest Art relocated to downtown Midland in order to house exhibition and education programs under one roof. In June of 2012 Quest Art became an anchor tenant in the Midland Cultural Centre, an $8-million state-of-the-art building where Quest Art occupies two classrooms, three galleries, and an art shop.
Our exhibition programming is inclusive and often includes work by artists of all ages and skill levels. We have three gallery spaces: the Atrium – which serves our local artists; the Project Gallery – an incubator space providing support for artists to take their work to the next level; and the Upper Gallery – dedicated providing space for exhibitions of work by professional artists from across Canada.
Quest Art currently services over 400 members and 90 active volunteers contribute their talents and skills to enhance the efforts of our staff.
Today, beyond our broad range of in-house programs, Quest Art sends professional artists into schools, helps to facilitate large community art projects and offers free art activities during community events. Our education programs now reach more than 2,200 adults, seniors, children and teens per year and our galleries present more than 15 different exhibits annually. Quest Art engages over 30,000 visitors, cottagers and local residents per year.