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.

1921

January

When Alexander Musgrove steps down as Principal of the School of Art, Frank Johnston (1888–1949) is hired as his replacement. Johnston,...
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September

The first exhibition of work by a young Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890–1956) opens on September 10. FitzGerald goes on to become Principal...
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On September 21 Canadian Art Today is mounted, the first gallery-organized exhibition of contemporary Canadian art. It includes work by the...
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1922

February

Frank Johnston (1888–1949) exhibits over 300 works, about a dozen of which are of Manitoba subjects. The Gallery purchases its second...
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March

The Gallery exhibits historical Canadian art for the first time: 196 works depicting Western Canada by the Irish-born Paul Kane (1810–1871),...
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October

A visiting official from the National Gallery of Canada calls the Winnipeg School of Art the country’s...
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