Explore the WAG’s 100 Years on wag100.ca

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and you can learn all about the past century at wag100.ca. See images, newspaper clippings, watch video, and listen to audio interviews—you can even share your WAG story on this

interactive timeline.

From 1902, when an art gallery was first proposed for Winnipeg, to 1912 when the Winnipeg Museum of Fine Arts opened so that the city would no longer be “languishing in comparative darkness so far as the brightening influence of art is concerned,” to the present  where the WAG is one of Canada’s leading arts institutions, the timeline is full of informative tidbits that will bring back memories to many people in the community. who have visited the WAG over the years.

“The wag100 timeline allows people to gain access to the key (as well as many previously concealed) moments of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s history, all in one place,” says Andrea Kear, Curator of Canadian Historian Art. “It presents the WAG’s rich, hard-won, and at times controversial past in a way that will intrigue and surprise the general public, especially Winnipeggers who have a keen interest in their city. The timeline will, I think, also prove to be an invaluable tool for researchers—especially art and social historians.”

A special section of the timeline is Share Your WAG Story where members of the public are invited to submit their personal stories about what the WAG means to them. Perhaps you were particularly moved by a piece of art. Maybe childhood art classes set you on a career in the arts.  Possibly you met your partner at a WAG event. Just go to wag100.ca and click on Events to tell your story.

Adds Kear, “The timeline is the result of literally hundreds of hours of research and writing, hunting down biographical information, archival photographs, and newspaper articles. At root, what it reveals is that the WAG has always been about people working (and struggling) together. Appropriately, creating the timeline itself involved many people. I was devoted to this project for almost a year, and received invaluable and sustained research contributions from WAG staff and a committee of knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers.”

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is grateful for the support of the following Centennial sponsors: BMO, The Winnipeg Foundation, the Department of Canadian Heritage, TD Bank, James Richardson & Sons Ltd., MTS Allstream, Johnston Group, Air Canada, RBC Royal Bank, PACART, Great-West Life, Friesens, Manitoba Culture Heritage and Tourism,  City of Winnipeg, Investors Group, Volunteer Associates - Winnipeg Art Gallery, Storm Bistro, Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, Ernst & Young, Fort Garry Hotel, KPMG, Lawton Partners, Loewen, Parrish & Heinbecker, Aikins Law, AON, Cambrian Credit Union, Manitoba Blue Cross, National Leasing, CP Loewen, North West Company, NRG Management. Media sponsors: Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, CBC, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, 103.1 Virgin Radio, 99.9 BOB FM, Doowah Design, Visual Lizard, Esdale Printing, Radio-Canada, Travel Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg, Midcan Production Technologies. 

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its Centennial year with an unparalleled series of exhibitions, programs, and events promoting the power of art in life. As Manitoba's leading art museum, the WAG is home to over 26,000 works of art spanning ten centuries, including the world's preeminent collection of contemporary Inuit art.

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Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Communications and Marketing

Heather Mousseau
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