Diane Lafournaise Joins WAG Team as Studio Manager

Winnipeg, MB, December 11, 2014: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to announce the appointment of Diane Lafournaise as WAG Studio Manager.

Lafournaise is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of WAG Studio, and will assist with long-term strategy and operational plans. WAG Studio provides art education for children, teens, and adults, with classes and workshops taught by practicing artists. It is one of the largest gallery studio art programs in Canada.

“Diane Lafournaise’s vast experience of multi-age teaching is an incredible asset to the Winnipeg Art Gallery,” comments Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “Her knowledge of the classroom and the provincial art curriculum, as well as her dedication to making art accessible to all, makes her a great fit for WAG Studio. Art making and learning will be central to the new Inuit Art Centre, so Diane will be key during the critical planning stage.”

Lafournaise comes to the WAG with a breadth and depth of teaching and administrative experience. Most recently, she developed and facilitated an after-school art club at Lord Nelson School which centered around a visit to the 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. exhibition at the WAG. Additional teaching experience includes development of teaching materials for modified courses in art, language arts, math, social studies, and science to Grade 5 students at Lake Manitoba First Nation School, instructing math and English at an off-campus program for Gordon Bell High School, and teaching art at Winnipeg Adult Learning Centre.

Her teaching extends beyond primary and secondary learners. Lafournaise taught science and literacy to adult learners at Aboriginal Community Campus, where she organized both noon-hour and after-school clubs.
Lafournaise served as Interim Ceramics Instructor for child and adult programming and facilitated workshops for all ages at Art City. She holds a bachelor of education and a fine arts degree from the University of Manitoba. Her primary medium is printmaking.

“I am very excited to be part of the WAG Studio team, an institution with a long history in art education,” comments Lafournaise. “To be ensconced in an art rich environment is a dream come true, and to able to develop and provide enriching and creative experiences with learners of all ages is something I am thrilled to be involved in.”

The WAG began offering art classes in 1937, and today inspires thousands of individuals every year through WAG Studio with programs in drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, mixed media, and more.

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Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media and Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1767
Media-Manager@wag.ca

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1295
Publicrelations@wag.ca

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.

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