Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté and Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt at the 20th anniversary celebration, 1973. Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902–1995) celebrates his 20th anniversary as WAG Director. 

Board President W. John A. Bulman comments that Eckhardt’s “decisiveness, directness, honesty, and diplomacy gave the Gallery a special quality.” The crowning point of Eckhardt’s career is the opening of the new Gallery in 1971, a proper home for a growing, internationally significant, collection and a staff of 45.