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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1923

April

The Winnipeg Museum of Fine Arts becomes the Winnipeg Gallery and School of Art, incorporated by a special act of the Manitoba Legislature....
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1924

January

Miss Cecilia Bruce Kearns (d. 1924) dies as a result of a fall on the ice in front of the Winnipeg General Hospital. She attended the Winnipeg...
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September

In the fall, American Keith Gebhardt (1899–1982) is appointed Principal of the newly incorporated Winnipeg Gallery and School of Art,...
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1925

January

Municipal funding, which had decreased from $3,500 in 1922 to $2,500 in 1924, is discontinued. Even amidst this funding shortfall, there are...
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1926

March

On March 26, thirty-seven shareholders of the Winnipeg Gallery and School of Art convene at the Board of Trade Building. At the meeting, which...
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August

The Board of Directors report that financial challenges have led to Gallery operations being almost entirely suspended with expenditures confined...
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1927

January

Discussion mounts surrounding the relocation of the Gallery. In addition to the site at St. Mary Avenue and Memorial Boulevard, a house at 88...
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