Queen’s University proclaims Bader Day, announces three new gifts

Mountain Landscape with a view of a Walled Town – One of 12 paintings gifted to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre from the Isabel Bader and Bader Philanthropies, Inc. Image via Queen’s University.

Queen’s University has proclaimed November 15 Bader Day, honouring the Baders’ extraordinary philanthropy over the years, and has also announced three new gifts from the Bader family and Bader Philanthropies, Inc.

The Baders, the late Dr. Alfred Bader, BSc’45, BA’46, MSc’47, LLD’86, his wife, Isabel Bader, LLD’07, and Bader Philanthropies, Inc. have been among Queen’s University’s most significant donors, gifting the 15th-century English castle, Herstmonceux, home to the Bader International Study Centre, providing $31 million in support of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, a lead gift of $40 million (USD) in support of Agnes Reimagined, more than 500 paintings and works on paper to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, and funding a variety of student awards.

“The philanthropic impact of the Bader family and Bader Philanthropies Inc. at Queen’s is unparalleled,” said Vice-Principal, Advancement, Karen Bertrand. “These most recent gifts will put our students on the forefront of training and research in the fields of art history and art conservation while supporting our mission to advance Indigenous initiatives at the university.”

Continuing a philanthropic tradition that began in 1948, according to a release from the University, the latest series of gifts from Isabel Bader and Bader Philanthropies, Inc. aid Queen’s mission to advance research and knowledge and include:

  • 12 paintings to Agnes Etherington Art Centre. The paintings, all from the Dutch 17th century, include still lifes, Biblical scenes, and scenes from daily life. A link to images of the paintings can be found here.
  • Nine Leica S9i microscopes to help students in the Queen’s Art Conservation program examine and treat cultural artifacts.
  • Funding for the Outdoor Gathering Space, modelled after an Ojibway round house, and endowing a new full-time, permanent Curator, Indigenous Arts and Culture at Agnes.

This autumn, Queen’s celebrated the contributions of the Baders with a Bader Celebrations’ campaign that highlighted the impact of their philanthropy. Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, will see the culmination of the campaign with Queen’s University Principal Patrick Deane declaring Bader Day; an entire day dedicated to celebrating the Baders and their impact on Queen’s, Kingston, and the world. Bader Day marks the 80th anniversary of Alfred’s arrival on campus and is also National Philanthropy Day, the University said.

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