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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2009

January

The Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, formerly the Volunteer Committee (and the Women’s Committee and Women’s...
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February

The WAG rooftop, a popular gathering place in the city, undergoes extensive renovations.  WAG Director Dr. Stephen Borys makes it a priority...
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April

The Gallery announces that Ernest Mayer, WAG photographer for 38 years, has received a Canadian Museums Association (CMA) Award of Distinguished...
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June

The WAG acquires almost 200 works of art from the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation. To hear John Bulman, President of the WAG Board...
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July

The WAG launches its new website, wag.ca, and new brand in the summer. In May 2010 the WAG’s new website and brand receives two Signature...
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September

The WAG receives over 200 pieces of significant English porcelain from Ruby Ashdown.  Ashdown’s late husband, James Ashdown, was the...
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The exhibition EUROfix opens on September 19. Consisting of work drawn entirely from the WAG’s permanent collection, the exhibition...
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October

Afternoon Tea (the Gossips) (1889), a large oil by the English Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais (1829–1896), is donated to the...
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November

Contemporary painter Tony Scherman donates 11 of his encaustic canvases, covering a 30-year period in his career.

 

2010

February

Early in 2010 the Gallery begins the second phase of its building upgrade project, replacing the skylights, windows, and cladding. Between 2009...
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On February 23, The Collection on View is established, a six-gallery, long-term, rotating display of over 200 works drawn from the WAG’s...
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March

On March 5, the exhibition The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons opens. The exhibition explores the creative process behind the making of the classic...
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The WAG congratulates Manitoba glass artist Ione Thorkelsson upon receiving the prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award, the Governor General’s...
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April

The Gallery publishes its Guide to the Collections.  This 275-page book presents over 400 works from the WAG’s permanent collection...
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A long-standing WAG volunteer, Lila Goodspeed, receives the Lieutenant Governor’s Vice-Regal Volunteer Award. Goodspeed had been nominated...
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August

Kiugak Ashoona: Stories and Imaginings from Cape Dorset opens. Ashoona, who began carving in the late 1940s, is notable for having had the...
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September

On September 11, the WAG, in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, presents a major exhibition of the work of Manitoba artist Wanda...
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October

On October 2, the WAG becomes the hub of the city’s first all-night Nuit Blanche event. The popularity of the event, which coincided with...
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Two different exhibitions of contemporary printmaking with the same title, Exchange / Échange, open at the WAG and Le musée...
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December

The WAG opens a major retrospective exhibition of the Winnipeg sculptor Eva Stubbs.  Eva Stubbs: The Rough Ideal brings together 60 works...
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2011

January

The WAG helps organize and host Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, along with two other Winnipeg art venues (Plug In Institute of Contemporary...
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The WAG acquires two large-scale sculptures by two major modernist sculptors, Daphné II (1960) by Jean Arp (1887–1966) and Bronze...
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June

During the summer and fall, the WAG organizes five diverse travelling exhibitions in an effort to bring its collection to a national...
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The film Art and Stone premieres at the WAG’s Muriel Richardson Auditorium. The documentary, directed by Paula Kelly, takes us behind the...
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The National Gallery of Canada’s exhibition Carl Beam opens at the WAG.  This exhibition of work by Beam (1943–2005), considered...
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July

The WAG’s Education and Studio Programs runs its first full day, weeklong, summer camp. The program proves incredibly successful with...
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September

The WAG’s Curator of Inuit Art, Darlene Coward Wight, serves as resource staff for Adventure Canada’s two-week “Heart of the...
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Precise: Craft Refined opens, a look at the diverse and laborious production techniques of five contemporary Canadian craft artists—Kye-Yeon...
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The largest ever exhibition of work by Manitoba-raised, Toronto-based painter William Kurelek (1927–1977) opens at the WAG with over 500...
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November

The WAG becomes a sponsor and the venue for 10x20x20. The event organized by The University of Manitoba Association of Architecture Students...
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2012

March

The highly anticipated exhibition American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, opens at the WAG,...
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June

On June 21, the WAG starts the 100-day countdown to its Centennial year celebrations.

Director Dr. Stephen Borys announces that the WAG’s 2011–2012 fiscal year concluded with a record surplus.

September

The Winnipeg Art Gallery kicks off its 100th anniversary celebrations with the help of over 7,500 enthusiastic visitors. The day begins with a...
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November

The WAG announces that award-winning American architect Michael Maltzan has been selected to design the new Inuit Art and Learning Centre. The...
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