1931

January

In 1931 the Gallery receives two donations of 75 artworks, including works by two popular 19th century English landscape painters, William Callow...
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That same year, J. E. H. MacDonald (1873–1932), Principal of the Ontario College of Art as well as a Group of Seven member, exhibits close...
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October

In October the Winnipeg Gallery and School of Art acquires the 1925 oil sketch Lake McArthur, Rocky Mountains by Group of Seven member Lawren...
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October 20 to 26, an exhibition of contemporary British watercolour paintings is held at Eaton’s department store on Portage Avenue,...
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1932

January

A separate managing body, led by Hugh Farquharson Osler (1881–1943), forms to plan the future of the Gallery. Osler was a Toronto-born...
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Alexander Musgrove (1882–1952), the former Principal of the School of Art who had stepped down in 1921, assumes the position of Curator of...
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1933

April

On April 22, the Gallery reopens in the newly constructed Civic Auditorium.  The Civic Auditorium was designed by architect (and Gallery...
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The new Winnipeg Art Gallery Association marks its incorporation with an exhibition of paintings from the National Gallery of Canada, and another...
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May

In early May, a former member of the Group of Seven, Arthur Lismer (1885–1969), delivers three lectures on Canadian art.

 

Around the same time, School of Art Principal Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890–1956) is invited to join the Toronto-based Group of...
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October

Opening on October 21, Manitoba Society of Artists exhibit “near-to-home views, with many Winnipeg subjects of interest.” The...
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1934

January

Facing a deficit of approximately $300 and a year of upcoming expenditures in the neighbourhood of $2,500, the Winnipeg Art Gallery Association...
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March

Abraham Albert Heaps (1885–1954), Member of Parliament, a former Winnipeg General Strike leader, and Gallery Board Member finalizes an...
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June

Through June and July, the Gallery mounts an exhibition of art lent by local collectors, including a work by John Constable (1776–1837)...
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1935

January

Board of Trade Building, the original structure that housed the Gallery, is demolished.

1936

January

Winnipeg School of Art relocates to a building on the northwest corner of Portage Avenue and Sherbrook Street. For the first time, the Gallery and...
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March

Alexander Musgrove (1882–1952), artist, veteran art instructor, and Winnipeg Art Gallery Association curator, launches the first Saturday...
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The Winnipeg Art Gallery Association receives 90 British and European works of art on permanent loan from Mrs. Burnside, the sister of the...
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1937

February

Steady increase of activity is noted at the Gallery. Not only has its permanent collection grown, but, since moving into the Civic Auditorium in...
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The Junior League establishes the Art to the Schools program in 1937, designed to bring instruction in art appreciation and history to Winnipeg...
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December

An exhibition of contemporary French paintings opens. There are almost 50 works on display by artists working in an Impressionist or...
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1938

January

The School of Art moves from the corner of Portage Avenue and Sherbrook Street to space at the old Law Courts at Broadway Avenue and Kennedy Street.
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1939

June

Winnipeg banker John McEachern (1867–1942) is elected Winnipeg Art Gallery Association Board President.
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Bertram Brooker (1888–1955), a pioneer of abstract painting in Canada and a former resident of Portage la Prairie, Neepawa, and Winnipeg,...
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September

On September 10, Canada declares war on Germany and enters the Second World War. Many Winnipeg artists serve in combat.