Winnipeg Art Gallery 100th Birthday Party, Sept 29 2012

Centennial Birthday Party

Saturday, September 29 from 11am to 6pm

It’s our 100th birthday! Help us kick off our Centennial year with a free family fun day.

Performances by Al Simmons
Magic show by Brian Glow
Centennial exhibiton tours
Balloon and hat-making workshops
Art-making workshops • drawing and painting, block printmaking, and creating your own slime!
Clowns, jugglers, stilt walkers
Artist village on Colony Street (noon ’till 9pm)–Purchase ceramics, jewelry, fibre art, glass, and paintings created by local artists.
Birthday cupcakes
Face painting
Games on the rooftop • ring and bean bag toss, ribbon sticks, hula hoops, fishing pong, parachutes
And THE 100-YEAR SKIP-OFF–100 people skipping with 100 ropes, 100 skips at the same time! (Memorial Blvd at 3:30pm)


Brian Glow magic party!




Winnipeg Art Gallery Birthday Cake by Desert Sinsations



many many cupcakes!





Al Simmons and Brian Glow




Stephen Borys and Joyce Bateman, M. P., Winnipeg South Centre

WAG Executive Director Dr. Stephen Borys to be Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Winnipeg, MB, September 25, 2012: In recognition of his outstanding work with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Stephen Borys, WAG Executive Director, has been named a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medal ceremony will take place at 12:30pm at the kick off to the WAG’s Centennial celebrations on Saturday, September 29, 2012 with Joyce Bateman, M. P., Winnipeg South Centre; Honourable Flor Marcelino, Manitoba Minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism;  and His Worship Sam Katz, Mayor of the City of Winnipeg in attendance.

This new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The medal recognizes Her Majesty for her service to this country, while serving to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Borys returned to the city after holding curatorial posts at the National Gallery of Canada; the Allen Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio; and the John & Mabel Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida; and academic appointments at Oberlin College, Florida State University, and New College, Sarasota. Borys became Executive Director of the WAG in the summer of 2008, and his positive influence in the arts and culture sectors can be felt throughout the Gallery and community.

From restoring the Rooftop Sculpture Garden and Penthouse level to its original modernist design to spearheading the WAG’s award-winning rebrand and website, Borys has breathed new life into Canada’s oldest civic art gallery. He has brought focus to the collection with the designation of several permanent collection galleries and the publication of the Guide to the Collections, the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the WAG collections. As well as promoting local artists here and away, such as through the upcoming Winnipeg Now exhibition (opens September 29, 2012) and the NGC@WAG project (opens February 1, 2013), Borys also brings in blockbuster shows such as the recent Norman Rockwell retrospective and the upcoming Only in Canada: 100 Masterworks for the WAG Centennial (opens May 10, 2013).

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present Stephen Borys with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions and proactive stewardship of the Winnipeg Art Gallery,” states Joyce Bateman, M. P., Winnipeg South Centre. “As Executive Director of the WAG, Dr. Borys has been instrumental in the development and creation of the new Inuit Art and Learning Centre which will be home to the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art. As well, he has worked tirelessly in promoting the WAG’s 100th Birthday Celebration and in making it available and accessible to all Manitobans. It is truly an honour to present Dr. Borys with this award.

Whether it is with school divisions, local arts groups like the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and the Winnipeg Design Festival, or the many corporate and government sponsors that have come on board to fund the WAG’s Centennial celebrations, partnerships with the community at large continue to grow under Borys’ leadership.

“I am truly honoured to be awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and I accept it on behalf of the entire WAG staff who share this honour,” says Borys. “To celebrate Her Majesty’s special anniversary in this way is a strong motivation in the lead-up to the launch of our Centennial celebrations. At the WAG, we work hard to communicate and support the important role that art plays in our daily lives, work, and society. Now, with the development of the Inuit Art and Learning Centre on the horizon, we look forward to providing a forum for an expanded engagement with the Inuit collection and culture, and the many learning opportunities connected to this artform.”

Borys holds the posts of Adjunct Professor at the University of Winnipeg, and Scholar in Residence in the School of Art at the University of Manitoba. He has an Executive MBA, and received his PhD in Art History from McGill University, an MA from the University of Toronto, and a BA Honours from the University of Winnipeg. The recipient of several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Samuel Kress Foundation, the Ohio Arts and Humanities Councils, Oberlin College, Florida State University, Canada Council for the Arts, and Canadian Heritage. Borys is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute, Los Angeles, and the Royal Collections Studies Program, London. He is a member of several national and international museum organizations, including CAMDO (Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization) and the CMA (Canadian Museum Association) where he serves on their Boards of Directors, and AAMD (Association of Art Museum Directors).

The medal will be presented to Borys at the WAG’s Centennial Birthday Party on September 29, 2012. To find out more about the WAG’s Centennial celebrations visit For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter (wag_ca) and Facebook (Winnipeg-Art-Gallery).


The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its Centennial year with an unparalleled series of exhibitions, programs, and events promoting the power of art in life. As Manitoba’s leading art museum, the WAG is home to over 26,000 works of art spanning ten centuries, including the world’s preeminent collection of contemporary Inuit art.



Mayor Sam Katz and Janet Stewart


Community Service Award Stephen Borys and Mayor Sam Katz






Kids love Cupcakes!


One of The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s oldest Volunteers, Margaret Morse






Stephen Borys and his proud parents






Caricatures by Tom Andrich




Al Simmons and his Scottish bit





Al Simmons and his Crazy Brass Instrument!


Ali King models the WAG 100 fashions





Some Historical Recreationists a la 1912


100 skips for 100 years




Janet Stewart, Tracy Koga, Ace Burpee




Michael Boss of the WAG









Jordan Van Sewell




A selection of Manitoba Artists







Latest from 2012

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