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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2013

May

“Celebrating a Century” honoured all those who had contributed to the WAG’s first 100 years—donors, members, staff,...
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