The Doris McCarthy Gallery, a major cultural and educational resource presenting innovative contemporary art is located in the Academic Resource Centre. The Gallery houses a unique and substantial collection of Canadian and international art that is available for the free enjoyment of the community. UTSC students benefit from mentorship and professional practice development, and may see their work on exhibit, participate in research or work-study programs in fine art or arts management, or work as guides for the exhibits.
The space can accommodate video, sculpture, performance, and multimedia exhibitions, in addition to textiles, painting and works on paper. In the first ten years since its opening in 2004, the gallery presented 45 exhibitions including annual shows of work by students and faculty, and exhibited acclaimed emerging artists to local audiences. The influence and reach of the Doris McCarthy Gallery extends beyond UTSC by partnering with other galleries to tour exhibitions across Canada and by producing substantial catalogues.
The gallery is home to a permanent collection of over 200 works by alumna Doris McCarthy (BA 1989), one of Canada’s most respected and prolific landscape painters. McCarthy was born in Scarborough and was a long time resident. Strongly influenced by the Group of Seven, she found much of her artistic inspiration travelling and painting in Northern Ontario. In addition to numerous professional accolades through her long and prolific career, she was an inductee into both the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian art. On the opening of the gallery, McCarthy stated that the honour was the climax of her professional career.