STEPHEN D. BORYS is the Director & CEO of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG), Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and one of the country’s largest. Under his leadership over the last seven years, the WAG has expanded and strengthened its role and profile in the community, as well as in the cultural and museum landscape in Canada and abroad. Dr. Borys has enabled significant growth in the Gallery’s overall operations, permanent collections, international exhibitions and partnership programs, capital and endowment development, and member and visitor engagement. At the core of his directorship is the goal of advancing a meaningful dialogue with the public, creating in both physical and virtual spaces, a welcoming forum where art and artmaking is at the forefront with audiences and stakeholders.
In additional to his directorial duties, Borys holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Winnipeg where he teaches a graduate seminar in the Cultural Studies department. He was previously chief curator at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, at which time he held adjunct teaching posts at Florida State University and New College. Prior to Sarasota, he was senior curator and lecturer at the Allen Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio, and before Oberlin, he was a curator in European & American Art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and a curatorial assistant at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. He holds an Executive MBA, a PhD in Art and Architectural History from McGill University, a MA in Art History from the University of Toronto, and a BA Honours from the University of Winnipeg.
Borys has organized numerous exhibitions, written accompanying catalogues and scholarly articles, and lectured across North America. He also contributes regularly to the museum and academic profession through annual meetings, consulting and volunteer work. He is the recipient of several research and exhibition grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Canadian Museums Association, Winnipeg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Borys is a graduate of the Getty Center’s Museum Leadership Institute and the Next Generation Program, and the Attingham Trust’s Royal Collections Studies Program, London. He was awarded Tourism Winnipeg’s Leader of the Year in 2015, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Borys is a board trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors, past president (and current director) of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization, and a past board director of the Canadian Museums Association.
Dr. Borys lives in Winnipeg with his wife Hazel Mouzon Borys, the President of PlaceMakers, an international urban design and coding firm, and their son, Roman.