Current Exhibitions

Image of pneumatic lock at work - Harper 1895

W. Louis Sonntag, A Pneumatic Balance Lock on the Proposed Ship-Canal, Harper’s Weekly, September 21, 1895. Collection of Robert W. Sears.

Dreams and Schemes: Building the Welland Canals

September 28, 2017 – January 27, 2018


The opening of the Welland Ship Canal in 1932 represented the culmination of more than one hundred years of construction of increasingly complex technical and engineering marvels. This exhibition allows visitors to experience the history of canal-building in Niagara as captured by artists working in printmaking, painting, and photography.


George Heriot, Minuets of the Canadians, 1807. Samuel E. Weir Collections, RiverBrink Art Museum.

Dancing in Circles: Rituals to Classical Ballet 

February 11 2017 – February 3 2018

Dance serves many functions, from simple pleasure in movement to religious devotion and ritual. This exhibition, drawn from the permanent collection at RiverBrink, includes artists’ renderings of dancers and dances in various forms. Among the Canadian examples include early folk dance and Indigenous performances recorded by European artists.


Elizabeth Simcoe, Untitled, n.d., Samuel E. Weir Collection, RiverBrink Art Museum.


John Graves & Elizabeth Simcoe: 18th Century Power Couple 

February 18, 2017 – January 13, 2018

William Pars’ Portrait of the Young Simcoe (1770-75) is showcased alongside watercolours by Elizabeth Simcoe in this exhibition which celebrates the 1783 Act Against Slavery.  The Act was an important step toward limiting slavery in the Canadas and is considered Simcoe’s most important achievement as Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada.


Lawren Harris, Mount Samson, Jasper Park, 1925. Samuel E. Weir Collection, RiverBrink Art Museum.


The Group of Seven Project: A Portfolio of Prints 

Spring 2017

The 2003 donation of this portfolio of prints significantly increased the number of works by members of the Group in the RiverBrink collection. The photolithographs, published by Rous & Mann in 1925, were an early project in the history of reproductions of work by Group members in Canada.

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, Femmes de Caughnawaga

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, Femmes de Caughnawaga










Suzor-Coté at RiverBrink (click to view virtual tour)

Bronze sculptures by the 20th-century Québec artist are on permanent display in the library. Beginning in the 1940s, Sam Weir commissioned the casting of the bronzes with the goal of acquiring a representative survey of the artist’s work in sculpture. This project was continued following Weir’s death.