WAG Marks 100th Anniversary of Winnipeg Sketch Club

Since its founding in 1914 the Winnipeg Sketch Club has been intertwined with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, so it is only fitting that it celebrates its centenary with an exhibition at the WAG. 

From May 17 to July 27, The Winnipeg Sketch Club: A Look Back pays tribute to the Sketch Club by featuring works by 25 of its leading and best-known contributors, including L.L. FitzGerald, Clarence Tillenius, W.J. Phillips, Leo Mol, Pauline Boutal, and Tom Lovatt.

“This show illustrates the great range of pursuits Sketch Club members were engaged in,” says Andrew Kear, Curator, Canadian Historical Art. “It presents not only ‘sketches’ but also sculptures, prints, and finished paintings.”

The Winnipeg Art Students’ Sketch Club, as it was originally known, was created by Alexander Musgrove, Principal of the Winnipeg School of Art, with membership limited to students and faculty of the School. Weekly sketching sessions were held at the Industrial Bureau Building, home of the then Winnipeg Museum of Fine Arts (now the WAG), which hosted the Club’s inaugural exhibition in 1916. As well as working from live models, the Sketch Club organized outdoor sketching trips to sites throughout the city and beyond. Over the decades, Sketch Club members have documented Winnipeg’s changing skyline and used a variety of media to record countless city landmarks, many of which no longer exist. In 1920 the group’s membership broadened and grew to include unaffiliated artists from the community. Now located on Eugenie Street, the Sketch Club continues to be an important resource for artists, offering the means to practice and improve technique, exhibit work, discuss ideas, and socialize.

Currently the Winnipeg Art Gallery is offering free Gallery admission to youth 18 and under until June 30.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration.

For more information, please contact:
Tammy Sawatzky,
Public Relations Coordinator
204.789.1295
tsawatzky@wag.ca

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