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Wi-Fi Unavailable at Red Hill Branch
The Wi-Fi is not working at the Red Hill Branch. Staff is working diligently to resolve the problem.
Barton Branch Makerspace
The iMac at the Barton Branch Makerspace is currently unavailable. We are working to resolve this issue.
Holds Processing and Delivery Delays
Holds processing and deliveries to Branches will be delayed for the next week due to Staff capacity.
We are working to move materials as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Thomas Reid (T.R.) MacDonald
When he arrived in Hamilton in 1947 to become the Art Gallery’s first full-time director/curator, T.R. MacDonald found a modest 33-painting collection housed in a few library rooms. Upon retiring 25 years later, he had built one of Canada’s most important collections. An accomplished artist, his works are found in the National Gallery of Canada, National War Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. As curator he drew on his knowledge and relationships with artists to build Hamilton’s collection. Hailed as a “collecting genius”, his enduring legacy continues to enrich thousands across the city. A commissioned war artist during WWII and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, MacDonald died in 1978 and enters the Gallery posthumously.