Young Artists Represented in WAG’s Through the Eyes of a Child Exhibition
The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s annual exhibition of art created by children and teens, Through the Eyes of a Child, opens on March 24, continuing until April 29. Each year, hundreds of young people participate in the WAG’s Studio Programs, and each spring the Gallery celebrates their group and solo work. The artists, aged 5 to 17 years, come from all across the city and reflect many cultural backgrounds and traditions.
“It’s always refreshing to see what kids come up with,” says Michael Boss, Head of Studio Programs. “For many participants, this will be the first time their work has ever been displayed in a public forum. This adds to the excitement of the exhibition, which is a truly joyous occasion.”
“The WAG began offering art instruction for adults in 1913 and for children in 1936.” says WAG Executive Director Dr. Stephen Borys. “Our Studio Programs is now one of the largest programs of its kind in the country, and we are extremely proud of this far-reaching initiative. The work on display is tangible proof of the dynamic energy that flourishes in our classes and of the importance the Gallery places on nurturing and appreciating creativity in our youth.”
Registration is on now for spring and summer classes for children and adults, and for WAG Art Camp in July and August, a sellout success since it was first introduced last year. Three exciting 4- or 5-day camps that have the kids exploring all over the city—visiting the zoo, exploring the art of fairy tales, or discovering our wide range of architectural buildings.
Through the Eyes of a Child is presented by Great-West Life. Support is also provided by the Volunteer Associates of The Winnipeg Art Gallery and Winnipeg School Division.
Celebrating its centenary from September 2012 to August 2013, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. With a collection of over 25,000 objects spanning ten centuries—including the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art—the WAG constantly moves between the historical and the contemporary, engaging a growing public with the power of art in our lives.
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