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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1948

September

Muriel Sprague Richardson (d. 1973) invites Isobel Chester (d. 1987) and Alice Dexter (d. 1987) to form the Women’s Auxiliary, which would...
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1949

June

B.C. Scrivener becomes Board President. Alexander Musgrove (1882–1952) retires as Gallery Curator.

November

The Gallery hosts a memorial exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Canada for Prudence Heward (1896–1947), the late Montreal...
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December

The Women’s Auxiliary stage their first annual exhibition, Do You Own a Canadian Painting, designed to promote the private collecting, as...
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1950

January

The Women’s Auxiliary assumes control of the Junior League’s Art to the Schools program and begins leading the outreach classes at...
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April

In late spring, the Winnipeg School Board grants $1,000 to the Winnipeg Art Gallery Association’s Saturday Morning Art Classes for...
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June

The Winnipeg School of Art and the Winnipeg Art Gallery Association are officially separated, with the former being re-established at the...
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Lawyer John Alexander MacAulay (1895–1978) is elected Board President. MacAulay was a prominent Winnipeg lawyer who was instrumental in...
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November

The Gallery hires its first full-time Director, American Alvan C. Eastman. The Harvard-educated Eastman, whose expertise lay in Islamic and...
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1951

January

The Women’s Auxiliary changes its name to the Women’s Committee and Irene Thomson becomes President.

June

The Gallery collection numbers 163 paintings. Director Alvan Eastman sends photographs of some works from the collection to the Fogg Museum at...
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October

A major exhibition of Spanish and Italian paintings opens at the Gallery entitled Exhibition of Favorite Italian and Spanish Masters of the 17th...
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November

The Gallery displays paintings and sculptures by faculty from the University of Manitoba’s School of Art, including Director William McCloy...
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1952

April

The Gallery completes formally cataloguing all the works in its permanent collection.

October

The Gallery begins collecting in the field of decorative arts with the bequest from Melanie Bolton-Hill of over 90 works of porcelain,...
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The exhibition Treasures of Dutch Old Masters opens on October 5, featuring 37 landscape, portrait, still life, interior, and genre-scene...
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