WAG Announces New Director of Development & Marketing

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Slivinski as Director of Development and Marketing effective January 14, 2013.

Working with the Executive Director, Slivinski will oversee all aspects of a comprehensive development program with emphasis on major gifts and program sponsorship, building strong member relationships and strategic partnerships in the local and national community. She will also oversee the Gallery’s marketing and communications department.

“Judy Slivinski has been deeply involved in the arts and cultural sector right across the country for many years,” says WAG Executive Director Stephen Borys, “and brings a wealth of experience to her new position. For the past three years she has served on the WAG’s Centennial Committee so she is very familiar with our operations. We look forward to working with her and know she will be great asset to the Gallery.”

Pamela Simmons, the WAG’s current Director of Development, will become the Inuit Art and Learning Centre Capital Campaign Director, responsible for implementing the WAG’s $45 million capital campaign that is expected to change the face of visual arts and culture in Winnipeg.  She has extensive experience in fund development and public relations and most recently helped the WAG achieve a record fundraising goal for its Centennial year activities.

Judy Slivinski holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba and was an active lawyer and Magistrate for the Provincial Court of Manitoba. She has been involved in the arts since 1995 when she created her own consulting firm to provide support to the arts and cultural community across Canada. She worked with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, first as International Liaison for a tri-country collaborative dance project, then as Executive Director. She has served on the Board of the Cultural Human Resources Council in Ottawa where she chaired a pan-Canadian self-employed working group that developed a guide which is used as a learning tool by artists across the country. Slivinski is the co-author of  Face of the Future, a national study on human resource conditions of Canadian culture workers, and of Creative Manitoba—An Economic Development Strategy for the Cultural Sector.  She has been the Program Co-ordinator for the Arts and Cultural Management Certificate Program, University of Winnipeg; Arts Management Consultant with the Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism (Arts Branch); and is a Founding Member of the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba and arts Consultants Canada (Toronto). For the past two years Slivinski has been Senior Director of Marketing and Development for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

"I am delighted to be joining the Winnipeg Art Gallery at such an auspicious time in its history,” says Slivinski. “The WAG has been an important part of my life since elementary school, and my son was just two weeks old when he made his first visit in 1999, to the exhibition Art in the Age of Van Gogh. I very much look forward to joining Dr. Borys and his capable team to move the WAG forward into its second century."

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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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For information, please contact:
Debra Fehr
Manager, Communications and Marketing

Heather Mousseau
Communications Coordinator
204.786.6641, ext 211





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