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.

1941

February

Prints from Canadian War Memorials and National Gallery Collections opens, featuring etchings, drypoint, and lithographs depicting World War I by...
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April

Exhibition of Recent British War Posters organized by the National Gallery of Canada opens. The exhibition features 104 wartime propaganda posters...
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1942

March

A spring exhibition of British and French etchings from the private collections of Arnold Oliver Brigden (1886–1972) and the late George...
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June

Merchant and First World War veteran John Young Reid (1872–1945) is elected Winnipeg Art Gallery Association Board President.

October

An exhibition of Canadian painting, loaned from the National Gallery of Canada, opens on October 1. Among the artists included are Emily Carr...
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1943

October

A travelling exhibition from the Ontario Society of Artists opens, featuring over 40 war-subject works by artists, including the former...
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1944

June

W. R. Devenish, a manager with Canadian National Railways, becomes Board President.

July

Starting in July and ending in August, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Fritz Brandtner (1896–1969) and Louis Muhlstock...
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October

The exhibition Artists for Victory is shown, featuring 100 prints by American artists depicting that country’s war effort.

1945

August

The Second World War ends for Canada on August 15. The immediate post-war years are hard for the Winnipeg Art Gallery Association. Exhibition...
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1946

June

Accountant John Parton (1878–1962) elected Board President.

 

September

The School of Art acquires Bertram Brooker’s (1888–1955) 1928 painting Sounds Assembling. A crucial work by the Manitoba-raised artist...
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1947

January

The estate of former Board President, the late Hugh Farquharson Osler (1881–1943), donates The Story by Canadian painter George Reid...
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April

Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890–1956), the School of Art Principal, is granted a two-year sabbatical to concentrate on his own work. In...
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November

In November, an exhibition of the collection of the Honourable Vincent Massey, a Canadian diplomat, is presented at the Gallery. A nude painting...
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