My Daily Art

DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS (September 2, 2010) Winnipeg artist Wanda Koop at the Winnipeg Art Gallery with a piece from her “Hybrid Human” show.

Turning from the art collection to the architecture and back to the collection, I wanted to devote some posts to the artists behind the works.

As Director & CEO of the WAG, I get to meet artists from across the globe, working with them on exhibitions and acquisitions. Winnipeg also happens to be a city that a large number of artists call home, which means I have the pleasure of counting many as friends.

Wanda Koop is one of Canada’s most celebrated artists, whose work has been exhibited and collected around the world. The WAG has organized several of her exhibitions over the decades, and has one of the largest holdings of her work.

Wanda’s contribution to Winnipeg’s arts scene is broad and deep, including her support and mentoring of countless emerging artists. As the founder of Art City, she has provided art programs for thousands of children and teens. Her connection to the WAG is longstanding, beginning with art classes as a seven-year old where she quickly captured the attention of the Director at the time. Those waters run deep – and how fortuitous that Dr. Eckhardt saw fit to extend Wanda’s Saturday morning classes.

DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS (September 2, 2010) Winnipeg artist Wanda Koop at the Winnipeg Art Gallery with a piece from her “Hybrid Human” show.

WAG Director & CEO, Dr. Stephen Borys (left), artist, Wanda Koop.

Wanda Koop

WAG Exhibition shoot, Wanda Koop

While the WAG is temporarily closed, this series of posts from Director & CEO, Dr. Stephen Borys, shares an artwork from the collection every day until the Gallery reopens. Follow along on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, or visit our stories section for this and more WAG@Home content.

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