WAG Executive Director Heads East to Debate Art

Dr. Stephen Borys, Executive Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, is one of four Canadian arts leaders participating in the 4th Annual Walrus Debate at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 2. Moderated by Carol Off, CBC radio host for As it Happens, the topic of the debate is “ART In Daily Life: Essential or Irrelevant? Who decides? Who pays? Who cares?” For the debate, Dr. Borys will team up with the Globe and Mail’s Kate Taylor to square off against the National Gallery of Canada’s Director and CEO Marc Mayer and art critic Sarah Milroy.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to have some fun with a topic about which I am very passionate,” says Dr. Borys, who holds an Executive MBA, a PhD in Art History from McGill University, and an MA in Art and Architectural History from the University of Toronto. Dr. Borys, who serves on the Board of Directors of CAMDO (Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization), is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Winnipeg and a Scholar in Residence at the University of Manitoba. He adds, “It’s great for Winnipeg and Manitoba to be represented at this national debate, with the other distinguished participants all residing in the East.”

The proceeds from the event support writers and artists through the work of The Walrus Foundation. In appreciation of Dr. Borys’ participation in the debate, the Walrus will donate $10,000 worth of advertising to the WAG, which will be invaluable to the Gallery’s upcoming 100th anniversary celebrations launching this September. The Walrus was established in September of 2003, and has quickly become known for its witty commentary on Canada and its place in the world.

The debate also features the Walrus Soapbox, an interactive online platform that allows Canadians to engage in the debate and each other. This tool will help to inform the on-stage debate on May 2 at 7pm, which online viewers will be able to watch through a live webcast. To join The Walrus Soapbox, go to walrussoapbox.ca.


Celebrating its centenary from September 2012 to August 2013, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. With a collection of over 25,000 objects spanning ten centuries—including the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art—the WAG constantly moves between the historical and the contemporary, engaging a growing public with the power of art in our lives.




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