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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1918

January

The Gallery and School of Art are closed, and all public gatherings are banned, due to mounting fears related to the global spread of Spanish...
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November

Armistice declared on November 11, ending the Great War.

1919

March

Public debate arises about the commissioning and construction of a war memorial, with the Gallery playing a role in the selection and planning...
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May

On May 15, the Winnipeg General Strike begins, the largest in Canadian history, occupies the city’s downtown. The strike would last until...
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November

The large bronze sculpture Eternal Youth (known as the Golden Boy), by French sculptor Charles Gardet (1863–1939), is placed on the dome of...
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1920

January

An “Art School and Gallery Notes” section is added to the Manitoba Free Press. Early columns praise the facilities of the Board of...
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March

The Winnipeg Gallery and School of Art stages its first exhibition of art from private, local collections. Works by Joshua Reynolds...
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July

An important Winnipeg commercial art firm, Brigdens, establishes a scholarship for the School of Art, which continues to expand enrolment.