Manitoba Society of Artists Open Juried Exhibition

John Mills

In commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the founding of the Manitoba Society of Artists, the Winnipeg Art Gallery will host the MSA’s annual member and nonmember juried exhibition. The history of the WAG and the MSA, whose past members include L.L. FitzGerald, Walter J. Phillips, and Leo Mol, are intertwined. The Society was formed in 1902 by artists and art supporters in an effort to strengthen Manitoba’s budding artistic community. Many within the early MSA played an active role in publicly lobbying for a provincial art gallery, a dream that was realized in late 1912. The inaugural MSA Annual Exhibition was held in 1926. The society has since sponsored an annual exhibition nearly every year.

The 2012 exhibition will be composed of approximately 50 works of art by contemporary Manitoba artists, selected by a jury consisting of the British Columbia-based landscape painter Robert Genn and the WAG’s Curator of Historical Canadian Art, Andrew Kear. Works in the exhibition will be available for purchase through the Manitoba Society of Artists.

For more information visit the Manitoba Society of Artists website or contact MSA President Bonnie Taylor (


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