1993

January

Michel V. Cheff, previously Chief Curator at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, becomes the WAG’s new Director.

The WAG purchases the Mall Medical Building, located south of the Gallery within the same plot of land. The building would be transformed into the...
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The WAG’s long-serving and distinguished Director of Development, Geraldine Wilson (d. 2003), retires.

 

Jasmina Jovanovic-Vlaovic becomes the Gallery’s Paper Conservator replacing Cynthia Ball.

 

 

February

Thomas Hoving (1931–2009), former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, delivers a lecture in the WAG’s Muriel...
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March

Masters of Craft, an exhibition of 71 works by 10 artists who had won the nationally coveted Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts since...
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Cartographies: 14 Latin American Artists opens.  The exhibition is curated by Brazilian curator Ivo Mesquita, former WAG...
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April

The Volunteer Committee donates an important four-piece fabric wallhanging, Four Seasons of the Tundra, by Baker Lake artist Ruth Qaulluaryuk.
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Multiple Realities: Images of Shamanic Transformation opens on April 17. The exhibition draws from the WAG’s collection of 90 Inuit...
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May

Brazilian sculptor Iole de Freitas becomes the WAG’s fifth Artist-in-Residence. Her work Winnipeg can be seen displayed permanently in the...
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June

José Koes becomes President of the Volunteer Committee.

September

Kate Davis (1951–2010) becomes the WAG’s Deputy Director.

October

On October 9, the WAG mounts a retrospective of the work of Ojibwa artist Jackson Beardy (1944–1984) titled Jackson Beardy: A Life’s...
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1994

January

A Portrait of David, a photographic exhibition by the Winnipeg-born conceptual artist Micah Lexier, opens on January 30.  The exhibition...
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April

Design and Product: C. R. Ashbee and the Guild of Handicraft opens at the WAG, an exhibition exploring the work of English architect, designer,...
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April 21 to 24, the Board of Governors and the Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery present Art in Bloom, a popular WAG fundraiser...
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September

A new studio class is offered exploring various forms of Chinese calligraphy. It is taught by the WAG’s latest Artist-in Residence, Joseph...
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October

The group photography exhibition Quotation: Re-presenting History opens. It explores contemporary artists mining the cannon of Western art history...
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December

The WAG acquires Deeds #5, August 19–22, 1991 its first (and to date only) work by Canadian iconoclast Greg Curnoe (1936–1992), with...
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One of the WAG’s cherished 16th century Bisham Abbey tapestries, part of its magnificent Gort Collection, is returned after having been...
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1995

January

A pool table autographed by the Rolling Stones, the main prize for a fundraising raffle for the United Way, goes on display at the WAG.

February

To mark Manitoba’s 125th anniversary, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Manitoba Arts Council, the WAG organizes the exhibition...
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March

Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Verona, Italy, hosts an exhibition of Inuit art curated by WAG Curator of Inuit Art, Darlene...
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The WAG hosts lectures by a number of national and internationally renowned scholars, including political philosopher Arthur Schafer, artist and...
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May

The WAG honours longtime active volunteer Marjorie Tadman Drache (1905–1998) on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Live bees in the Gallery! Aganetha Dyck, a major solo exhibition of the nationally renowned Manitoba artist, opens. The exhibition, which is...
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June

Toronto artist Alan Belcher displays Complex ’95 (Winnipeg) in the Gallery’s  Eckhardt Hall. The architectural installation...
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The exhibition Women’s Art/Women’s Lives: Women Artists in Manitoba Prior to 1955 opens at the WAG. Part of the province’s...
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July

The Gallery’s newsletter reports on the architectural challenges that result from Manitoba’s harsh climate. “Winnipeg’s...
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September

Mary Jo Hughes becomes Curator of Historical Art.

A call is printed in the WAG newsletter asking people to protest federal government funding cuts to museums in Manitoba; the notice includes a...
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November

A-Dress: States of Being opens. The group exhibition explores the social construction of the dress, the dress as something more than just an...
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1996

January

Business executive Robert C. Hain becomes Board President.

Judith Hall becomes President of the Volunteer Committee.

The internationally renowned Mexican artist Helen Escobedo (1934–2010) becomes the WAG’s eighth Artist-in-Residence.  To see...
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With over 20,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the WAG finds itself in need of greater storage space. Director Michel V. Cheff...
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June

The WAG hosts a memorial exhibition of work by the late Canadian iconoclast Greg Curnoe, organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

July

The WAG begins hosting ArtWalk, a walking tour of the “hottest galleries in town.”

October

Famed actor, writer, director, and humanitarian spokesman Sir Peter Ustinov (1921–2004) visits Winnipeg to launch the WAG Studio Building...
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The Art of Mary Pratt: The Substance of Light opens at the WAG. Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick, the exhibition brings...
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Art & Soul proves the most successful to date, with a record attendance of over 700 guests and 150 volunteers. The event, which included a...
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November

The WAG receives 20 works of late 19th century to early 20th century glass from Arthur King of Montreal. The acquisition adds to the 50 works King...
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The WAG displays 73 works by Manitoba photographer David McMillan documenting the artist’s trip to Ukraine a decade after the nuclear...
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The WAG hosts an artist’s forum exploring the question of what role a public art gallery plays within its community. Facilitated by Ralph...
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December

The WAG launches the Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt Memorial Fund to commemorate the life of the Gallery’s longest serving director. Donations to...
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Kathleen Campbell, the WAG’s former Curator of Decorative Arts, is named Curator Emerita in recognition of her significant curatorial...
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1997

January

Dr. George R. Fuller, faculty member in the University of Manitoba’s Department of Interior Design, becomes Board President.

February

The WAG acquires Wharf, Beaupré by Maurice Cullen (1866–1934) as a gift from Dr. Leonard and Hope Kahane.  
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April

Tom Smart joins the Gallery as Chief Curator.

A record flood during exerts great strain on southern Manitoba and the citizens of Winnipeg. The WAG provides free admission to flood victims and...
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Wanda Koop: Paintings for Dimly Lit Rooms/Paintings for Brightly Lit Rooms opens on April 6. The WAG-organized large-scale painting installation...
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June

With financial support from Dr. Robert T. Ross and the Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation, the WAG acquires its first painting by Canadian artist...
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October

The WAG exhibition Inuit Woman: Life and Legend in Art opens in Thessaloniki, Greece, on October 1, as part of that city’s celebrations as...
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December

The Art and Expression of the Netsilik, a major WAG-organized exhibition surveying the art of the Netsilik Inuit, opens on December 7.  With...
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On December 10, the WAG publishes the first of its five Focus series. Each publication examines a distinct strength of the Gallery’s...
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1998

January

Lawyer Richard Yaffe becomes Board President.

February

The first solo exhibition of Inuit artist Germaine Arnaktauyok opens. Also in that month, Arnaktauyok becomes the WAG’s ninth...
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Andrew Hunter becomes the Gallery’s fourth Curator-in-Residence. His exhibition Up North: A Northern Ontario Tragedy, which explores the...
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March

Director Michel V. Cheff leaves the WAG, and Chief Curator Tom Smart becomes the Gallery’s Acting Director.

April

The WAG becomes the first recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts York Wilson Endowment Award.  Created in 1997, the $10,000 award is...
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September

The Volunteer Committee celebrates its 50th anniversary.  The anniversary is marked by a series of events beginning in the fall, including...
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November

The WAG acquires its own collections management software. Previously, many public galleries in Canada, including the WAG, had relied exclusively...
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1999

January

Patricia E. Bovey becomes the WAG’s new Director. In the 1970s, she had been a Curator at the Gallery. Before returning to Winnipeg, Bovey...
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Betty Searle becomes President of the Volunteer Committee.

February

The WAG receives a collection of over 90 works of Victorian English porcelain from the City of Winnipeg. The Frank Evison Collection had been...
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April

Robert Houle: Sovereignty Over Subjectivity, the WAG’s cornerstone exhibition for the spring and summer, coincides with the run of the Pan...
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May

Art in the Age of Van Gogh opens on May 16.  The exhibition traces the evolution of Dutch painting through the 19th century, and draws works...
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June

Marking the establishment of Nunavut in 1999, Celebrating Nunavut: Art from a New Territory opens. This exhibition includes sculpture, textiles,...
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August

Shirley Madill, Curator of Contemporary Art, becomes Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Hamilton after 18 years at the WAG. As well as mounting...
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September

Catherine Mattes becomes the WAG’s fifth Curator-in-Residence.

November

Sharon Brown becomes the WAG’s tenth Artist-in-Residence.

Beyond Bamboo: A New Vision of Chinese Canadian Art in Manitoba opens on November 1. The exhibition features work by seven artists—Louisa...
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2000

January

Dr. Donna McAlear becomes the WAG’s Chief Curator. James Patten replaces Shirley Madill as the Gallery’s Curator of Contemporary Art...
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March

Beginning March 1, the Gallery hosts five Buddhist monks from the Dzongkar Choede Monastery, who create wood and sand mandalas. For...
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April

Animal. Anima. Animus, an international exhibition involving the work of 15 artists and eight writers, opens on April 8. The exhibition...
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June

Artist Mike MacDonald creates a butterfly garden for the WAG rooftop using native plants to attract butterflies.

The WAG begins a series of major refurbishments to the building, including extensive recladding of the Gallery’s Tyndall stone exterior.
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July

The WAG announces the acquisition of a rare canvas by Canadian landscape painter Tom Thomson (1877–1917). The WAG raised $1.15 million...
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Mary Beamish, a long-serving member of the WAG and Volunteer Associates, receives the Premier’s Volunteer Service Award.

November

The Gallery announces an international partnership with the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Washington D.C.) and the Instituto Nacional de...
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2001

January

Krys Childerhose, José Koes, Janet Kushneryk, and Pippy Michener become co-Presidents of the Volunteer Committee.

The exhibition Rielisms opens on January 13. The exhibition includes work by contemporary artists, including John Boyle, Gerald McMaster, and...
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March

The first comprehensive presentation of printmaking by Inuit artists from the Western Arctic community of Holman opens on March 22. Located on the...
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The retrospective Resonance opens on March 24, charting the career of Manitoba modernist Tony Tascona.

 

June

The WAG signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to enable greater collaboration and exhibition exchange between...
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September

Jade: The Ultimate Treasure of Ancient China opens on September 6. Organized by the Canadian Foundation for the Preservation of Chinese...
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October

The WAG-produced The Phenomenon of the Ukrainian Avant-Garde opens at the Gallery, touring later to the Art Gallery of Hamilton. The exhibition...
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December

Governor General Adrienne Clarkson visits the WAG on December 10 with her husband, author and public intellectual, John Ralston Saul, for a guided...
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2002

January

Lucille Evans becomes President of the Volunteer Committee.

May

The exhibition Hindsight: William Hind in the Canadian West opens on May 1.  [William Hind (1833–1889) is considered to have been one...
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June

The exhibition No X Plain Nation opens on June 8. It is organized in collaboration with Urban Shaman Contemporary Art Gallery. This...
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September

On September 12, Home Show opens, an exhibition of contemporary art looking at the home as a site of social issues and change. Artists...
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November

The Gallery announces that Boeing Canada Technology, which was already sponsoring the WAG’s Sign for Art studio classes for deaf students,...
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The WAG receives a collection of Inuit art, numbering over 100 works, mostly sculpture, from Faye and Bert Settler. The Settlers had managed a...
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Traditionally the WAG is closed on Remembrance Day. However, in 2002, in tribute to those who served in the two World Wars and other conflicts,...
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December

The WAG celebrates its 90th anniversary with a public Open House.