For example, the exhibition Guelph Artists 2002 (spring/summer 2002), which coincided with the 175th anniversary of Guelph, celebrated the vibrancy of the city and the accomplishments of its artists. The exhibition invited 85 artists to explore the metaphysical landscape of the city as a stimulus for creating new work to form a significant collective project. The artists’ personal responses to the cultural, physical, and intellectual environment of Guelph have been garnered through their daily experiences of living and working here. While it would have been impossible to include all Guelph artists, the exhibition provided an overview of the remarkable vitality of the visual arts community and the range of media used in creating the art works.
In 2011, the exhibition Building a Legacy, Curating a Collection revealed the legacy of art in Guelph through the AGG’s commitment to building a contemporary collection that includes important works by Guelph artists. Among them are current and former faculty and MFA graduates of the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph, including: Walter Bachinski, Jordan Broadworth, Cora Cluett, Jaclyn Conley, Greg Denton, Susan Dobson, John Eisler, Martin Golland, Will Gorlitz, John Kissick, Suzy Lake, Eileen MacArthur, Jean Maddison, Lori Newdick, Linda O’Neill, Stu Oxley, Martin Pearce, Margaret Priest, Sandra Rechico, Arthur Renwick, Tony Scherman, Ron Shuebrook, Monica Tap, David Urban, and Nicole Vogelzang.