WAG Announces Departure of Chief Curator
The Winnipeg Art Gallery announces the departure of Chief Curator Helen Delacretaz, effective September 5, 2014. Fortunately, she is not going far; she has been appointed Manager of Exhibitions at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Delacretaz’s contribution to the WAG over the past 16 years is significant. She started out as an intern in the Curatorial Department, and quickly rose to Associate Curator of Decorative Arts/Art Educator. Since then, Delacretaz has served as: Curator of Decorative Art & Fine Craft (since 2003), Chief Curator (since 2007), and Head of Museum Services (since 2011).
“Helen has contributed much over her years at the Gallery and she will be missed,” states Director & CEO Dr. Stephen Borys, “and it is fitting that one of her final WAG exhibitions, Seeing Rights and Liberties, celebrates the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). We have an excellent relationship with the CMHR, and this is just one more link that will greatly help with future collaborations between our two institutions.”
The WAG exhibitions that Delacretaz has curated over the years are impressive. Just a few highlights include: Tibetan Mandalas (2000), Warhol: Larger than Life (2007), Precise: Craft Refined (2011), Drawn and Fired: Recent Vessels by Robert Archambeau (2013), and the upcoming Worcester: A Closer Consideration. She managed the presentation of many more, including travelling shows, and the NGC@WAG project. Delacretaz has shaped a strong program for the Gallery, raising the WAG’s profile in the community and around the world. She has built many bridges for the Gallery and made meaningful connections, such as her work as a sessional instructor at the University of Winnipeg and as a guest lecturer for various organizations. Her expertise in decorative arts will leave a lasting legacy through acquisitions to the WAG’s collection.
“I am thankful to the Winnipeg Art Gallery for the opportunity to work on wonderful shows, to contribute to a fabulous collection, and to work with amazing artists,” explains Delacretaz. “I have benefited and learned from all, none the least my colleagues at the Gallery. I am, however, extremely excited about the opportunities, challenges, and learning that await me at the CMHR (Canadian Museum for Human Rights).”
This staff change opens the door for a new curatorial team member at the WAG. With the upcoming development of the national Inuit Art Centre and its related art programming, the timing is right to bring in new ideas and perspectives that will further advance the Gallery’s presence on local, national, and international stages.
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