Through student generosity to the Queen's Challenge, $340,000 was raised for the construction of a new student art gallery. Located in Stauffer Library, the Union Gallery opened in the fall of 1994. The gallery is centrally located on campus and is committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of contemporary visual arts.
The exhibition program is varied and includes work produced by students in the Queen's BFA programme as well as emerging and established professional, local, and extra regional artists. The gallery benefits the Queen's and Kingston communities by facilitating and increasing cooperation and communication between groups on campus and in the Kingston community.
In 2003 The Project Room was added into the Union Gallery. It is a 16'x10'x16' self-contained space located inside the main gallery. It is a venue for use by students and professional artists to present primarily installation, new media, and time and sound-based works. The Project Room provides an opportunity to expand on the current program while still providing a venue for the presentation of contemporary art, encouraging original, collaborative, and experimental ideas.