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.

2003

January

WAG Director Patricia Bovey announces the Gallery’s plans to pursue the development of an Inuit Art Institute.

February

The exhibition The Group of Seven in Western Canada, organized by the Glenbow Museum, opens at the WAG. The exhibition is unique for focusing on a...
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March

The WAG hosts a public forum entitled "Visions and Voices: Aboriginal Art in the 21st Century". Panelists include curator Catherine...
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The WAG announces the honouring of Manitoba artist Robert Archambeau with a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

May

Two major Inuit art exhibitions open in May: The Jerry Twomey Collection at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Rankin Inlet Ceramics. The Jerry Twomey...
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Dr. Michael Ignatieff, then Professor of the Practice of Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, delivers a lecture at the WAG entitled...
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June

Mary Jo Hughes, the WAG’s Acting Senior Curator, Richard Dyck, artist (and a former WAG Preparator), receive two awards from the Canadian...
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Dr. Curtis Collins becomes the WAG’s new Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography.

For the first time, the then 13 year-old Inner City Student Art Conference is held at the WAG rather than the customary school gym. For this...
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July

The renovation and expansion of the WAG’s basement vault begins, long delayed since it was first proposed in 1992. For the $2.25 million...
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September

A major exhibition on Canadian landscape painter Tom Thomson (1877–1917), organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, opens on September 29.
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November

The WAG receives an important early painting, Zaporozhian Cossacks by Manitoba-raised artist William Kurelek (1927–1977) from Robert G....
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December

The Muriel Richardson Auditorium reopens after major renovations, including new carpet, stage curtains, sound system, as well as audience seating...
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2004

February

An exhibition of ceramic work by Manitoba artist and Governor General Award recipient Robert Archambeau opens on February 20. Robert Archambeau:...
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May

The WAG exhibition Holman: 40 Years of Graphic Art tours to the Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum in Norway. Director Patricia Bovey is on hand for the opening.
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June

The exhibition Live in the Centre: An Incomplete and Anecdotal History of Winnipeg Performance Art, curated by Winnipeg performance artist Shawna...
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July

A major exhibition celebrating the 2002 acquisition of Inuit art from Faye and Bert Settler opens.

September

The WAG announces Mary Reid as the Gallery’s new Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography. Patricia Bovey steps down as WAG Director,...
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American Tableaux, a large survey of 20th century American art loaned by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis opens at the WAG on September...
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2005

January

The WAG hosts a public Open House, offering 800 visitors a behind-the-scenes peak at the Gallery’s operations.

March

The Gallery announces that the vault renovation project, first envisioned in 1992 and started in 2003, is near completion.

April

A retrospective of senior Manitoba artist Ivan Eyre, figure ground, opens on April 25. The event is well attended, with many of the artist’s...
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May

Shirley Brown: Vestiges, an exhibition by a senior Manitoba artist of multimedia art exploring mythical civilization, lost wisdom, museum...
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August

The WAG presents Back/Flash, an exhibition organized by the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff. Examining Aboriginal media art ranging from early...
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September

Gordon Gage becomes Board President.

Lila Goodspeed is elected President of the Volunteer Committee.

Pierre Arpin becomes the WAG’s new Director.

Bug City, a contemporary art exhibition in which artists use and represent bugs in their work to discus social, political, and environmental...
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October

On October 1, Michaëlle Jean visits the WAG, her first visit to a visual arts institution in her role as Canada’s Governor General.
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November

The Gallery acquires 40 photographs by Edward Burtynsky that trace the last 20 years of his creative production. Mary Reid, Curator of...
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2006

January

Early Masters: Inuit Sculpture 1949–1955 opens on January 7, providing the first systematic examination of the early phase of what the...
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Supernovas, an exhibition of work by an emerging generation of 29 Winnipeg artists, opens on January 28. The exhibition encompasses diverse...
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May

Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft donates 17 photographs, most of which are important works from her early career, to the WAG.  
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August

The WAG becomes the site for a revitalized interest in the province's modern buildings with the exhibition Manitoba Modernist Architecture:...
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September

On September 30, the galleries are filled with sculptures by famous 19th century French artist Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), on loan from the...
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October

Mammatus, a large-scale installation resembling an organic, cloud-like formation, by the Toronto artist Max Streicher takes over Eckhardt Hall on...
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November

The WAG receives a large donation of almost 250 Inuit sculptures from Dr. Harry Winrob. Dr. Winrob was born and raised in Winnipeg. As a...
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2007

January

On January 26, In the Blink of An Eye opens. For the exhibition, organized by WAG Adjunct Curators Lorri Millan and Shawna Dempsey, 13...
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February

The WAG-produced retrospective Take Comfort: The Career of Charles Comfort, opens on February 9. The exhibition tours to the Confederation Centre...
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March

Manitoba artist Aganetha Dyck is awarded a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. One year earlier, Dyck had received the...
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April

The catalogue for the WAG exhibition Early Masters: Inuit Sculpture 1949–1955, designed by Frank Reimer with photographs by Ernest Mayer,...
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The WAG’s Clara Lander Library unveils a new computer workstation that provides researchers with access to multimedia documents such as...
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June

On the Table: 100 Years of Functional Ceramics, an exhibition of historical and contemporary ceramic art organized by the Gardiner Museum, opens...
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The WAG opens Royal Art Lodge – Where is Here? on June 30. The exhibition focuses on recent collaborative work by this internationally...
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July

The WAG announces that it is working with Arts Stabilization Manitoba to review the Gallery’s operating model with the aim of improving...
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September

Director Pierre Arpin steps down to assume a senior post at the Canada Council for the Arts. Deputy Director Claire Whelan is appointed to oversee...
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October

Opening on October 4 is the exhibition Warhol: Larger than Life, comprising over 150 works and archival photographs by the famous American Pop...
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As part of programming for Warhol: Larger than Life, the esteemed American philosopher Arthur Danto delivers a public interview with Robert Enright.
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November

On November 24, PostSecret, an exhibition of a community arts initiative by American Frank Warren, consisting of 400 postcards, opens. In...
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2008

February

Subconscious City, the final exhibition mounted by the WAG Adjunct Curator team of Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, opens on February 8. The...
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April

The WAG announces the appointment of Dr. Stephen Borys as the Gallery’s new Director. Hear what Borys thought about the Gallery growing up...
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The federal government cancels Exhibition Transport Services (ETS). Funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, ETS had been a vital shipping...
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May

For the second year in a row, designer Frank Reimer and WAG photographer Ernest Mayer are awarded the Best Illustrated Book at the annual Manitoba...
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June

On June 5, the WAG opens an exhibition of work by Kent Monkman, a Manitoba-born Toronto-based artist of Cree and Irish ancestry. Monkman produces...
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On June 19, Sign For Art, an art program for young students of the Manitoba School for the Deaf and a unique partnership between the WAG and...
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July

Andrew Kear becomes the WAG’s Associate Curator of Historical Art.

September

Naomi Levine, lawyer, ethicist, and the Director of both the Centre for Higher Education, Research and Development and the Executive Program at...
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Faye Warren becomes President of the newly titled Volunteer Committee.

The exhibition Head Space: Five Decades of Bruce Head opens. Along with Frank Mikuska, Winston Leathers (1932–2004), and Tony Tascona...
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November

The WAG acquires close to 30 photographs by George Hunter dating from the 1940s and 1950s, depicting various aspects of Manitoba and Winnipeg,...
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