1908

January

The Winnipeg-based Western Art Association forms with a mandate to encourage the development of Canadian and Manitoban art, and adds its voice to...
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1911

May

Artist Claude Gray (a.k.a. art critic VanDyck Brown) reports increasing interest in the establishment of a civic art gallery. Gray trained at...
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November

“Hall of Industry to be Rushed to Completion.” Located at Main and Water Streets (today William Stephenson Way) and managed by...
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1912

February

Mary Ewart (c. 1872–1939) President of the Western Art Association, delivers a speech to the Local Council of Women on “the value of a...
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April

With the first phase of the Board of Trade Building completed, the Winnipeg Development and Industrial Bureau publishes second-phase expansion...
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October

Winnipeg Development and Industrial Bureau art committee member James McDiarmid (1855–1934) states that the “ideal Winnipeg”...
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December

On December 16, the Winnipeg Museum of Fine Arts officially opens to the public at the Board of Trade Building, with Lieutenant-Governor Sir...
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1913

June

The Winnipeg School of Art is founded on June 21, with Alexander Musgrove (1881–1952) appointed as both its Principal and, after his...
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December

The Annual Report publishes a list of 37 individuals who each contributed $200 towards becoming Winnipeg Museum of Fine Arts and the Winnipeg...
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1914

January

Alexander Musgrove establishes and becomes first president of the Winnipeg Art Students’ Club, later the Winnipeg Sketch Club. The Sketch...
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June

Crowds Flock to the Art Gallery. “Over 1000 people passed through the gallery between 4:30 and 10:00 o’clock. Previous to this 500 or...
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August

Canada enters the Great War.

December

The Gallery opens an exhibition mounted in support of the Canadian Patriotic Fund. Funds raised from art sales go towards the war effort. Prime...
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1916

February

An exhibition of work by mostly Eastern Canadian artists, including William Brymner (1855–1925), Maurice Cullen (1866–1934), and...
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