WAG’s 2012-2013 Fiscal Year Sets New Records
At its Annual General Meeting on June 27, the Winnipeg Art Gallery announced a surplus of $162, 419 in its 2012/2013 fiscal year, the third largest surplus in WAG history, following last year’s record surplus.
Much of this surplus was due to the WAG’s Centennial celebrations which began in September 2012 and continues until December 2013, according to Director & CEO Stephen Borys who cited some impressive records and firsts.
- Attendance increased to 155,000, including 30,000 to the exhibition American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, the second highest attendance for a specific exhibition in WAG history.
- The September 27 all-day, all-night birthday party and Nuit Blanche attracted a record crowd of 7,500 people.
- The Centennial Ball raised over $330,000, a record for any WAG fundraising event.
- Sponsorship also hit a new high with $1.4 million raised in support of the Gallery’s exhibitions and programming.
- Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art was the largest Inuit art show in WAG history. The accompanying symposium, Inuit Art: Trajectories of Transformation, attracted 100 delegates from across Canada and the US.
- The exhibition William Kurelek: The Messenger received the largest grant ever awarded by the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage--$301,118.
An exciting new three-year partnership was initiated this year—NGC@WAG which saw the WAG partner with the National Gallery of Canada to host a number of exhibitions drawn from the National Gallery’s collection.
Although not falling within the 2012-2013 fiscal year parameters, Borys mentioned the extraordinary success of 100 Masters: Only in Canada. “By the end of the July long-weekend, we will have had attendance of 20,000. Our school tours sold out even before the exhibition opened. Memberships have more than doubled. This exhibition was a tremendously ambitious project for the WAG to undertake, and we couldn’t be happier with the response from the community.”
Borys also talked about the WAG’s Capital Campaign project, now in the quiet phase, the creation of an Inuit Art Centre adjoining the current WAG building. The chosen architectural firm is Michael Maltzan of Los Angeles, working with Winnipeg firm George Cibinel Architects, and ground-breaking is expected in 2014.
At the AGM sixteen-year Board of Governors member Gordon Gage stepped down. Naomi Levine, Board President since 2008, has been succeeded by Brian Bowman, a partner with Pitblado Law. Bowman is also Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Privacy and Access Law Section, member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. In addition to the WAG, his volunteer efforts include serving as a member of the Certified General Accountants of Manitoba’s Board of Governors, and Provincial President (Manitoba, Saskatchewan) for the International Ethics Association, Phi Delta Phi. The WAG currently has 19 people on its Board of Governors. Dwight MacAulay, Chief of Protocol, Government of Manitoba, and Hennie Corrin are the newest Board members.
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