Hundreds of Young Artists Represented in WAG’s Through the Eyes of a Child Exhibition

Each fall and winter hundreds of children and teens enjoy the challenge and delight of creating art through he Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Studio Programs. And each spring the Gallery mounts an exhibition of their work—several hundred talented young artists are represented in either solo or group works in a wide range of media. Through the Eyes of a Child opens at the Gallery on April 2, continuing until May 1. Ranging in ages from 5 to 17, the young artists come from all across the city and reflect a wide array of cultural backgrounds and traditions.

“It’s always fascinating to see just how unique the products of individual imaginations can be,” says Michael Boss, Art Educator and Head of Studio Programs. “Staff, instructors, members of the arts community, and, of course, proud parents, are invariably delighted by the outpouring of energy, skill, and imagination that characterizes this exhibition. For many of the young artists this will be the first time their work has ever been presented in a public forum. This adds to the excitement generated by the explosion of creativity that takes place in our studios.”

“The WAG began offering art instruction for adults in 1913 and for children in 1936.” says WAG Director Dr. Stephen Borys. “Our Studio Programs is now the largest program of its kind in any Canadian gallery, and we are extremely proud of this far-reaching initiative. The work on display is tangible proof of the dynamic energy that flourishes in our classes and of the importance the Gallery places on nurturing and appreciating creativity in our youth.”

Registration is on now for spring classes for children and adults. And consider enrolling your child in WAG Art Camp in July and August. Three exciting 4- or 5-day camps that have the kids exploring all over the city—visiting the zoo, checking out Winnipeg’s award-winning graffiti, or discovering our wide range of architectural buildings.

Through the Eyes of a Child is sponsored by Great-West Life. Supported by the Volunteer Associates of The Winnipeg Art Gallery and Winnipeg School Division.

Approaching its centenary in 2012, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. With a collection of over 24,000 objects spanning many centuries and cultures – including the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art – the WAG is constantly moving between the historical and the contemporary in an effort to engage a growing public with the power of art in our lives.



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