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Gallery welcomes curator
Posted Friday, October 14, 2011 2:31 PM
Although Gallery One One One has been part of the Winnipeg arts scene since 1965, it has never had a full-time director-curator. That’s about to change.

On November 1, Mary Reid, who has been the curator of contemporary art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) since 2004, will take the helm of the gallery just in time for the unveiling of its stunning new space in the ART Lab building.

“With the addition of a new director-curator to compliment the School of Art gallery in ART Lab we will be well-placed to make major contributions to research at the U of M and greatly enhance the cultural life of those living in Winnipeg and surrounding region,” said Paul Hess, director of the School of Art.

“Mary will provide strong vision and leadership for the gallery as the School of Art pursues its goal of offering high quality art and design education. We are fortunate to have her assume this role at this critical time in the history of the school,” he added.

Stephen Borys, WAG director, said the university will be gaining a wonderful asset in Reid. “Over the past seven years, Mary has built important relationships between the WAG and contemporary artists nationally,” he said. “This has resulted in excellent exhibitions and significant acquisitions. Although we shall miss her stewardship of that aspect of the collection here at the gallery, we are excited for her new role in the Winnipeg arts community and congratulate her on this appointment.”

Reid has enlivened Winnipeg’s cultural scene since her arrival from Barrie, Ontario where she was the curator at the MacLaren Art Centre. Her primary curatorial interests lie in modern and contemporary art and public sculpture, with a particular interest in the creative process itself. In 2010 she worked with the Winnipeg Arts Council as part of the Cultural Capital program to coordinate “My City’s Still Breathing,” a symposium that explored dimensions of the arts, artists and the city. She received her master’s degree in art history from York University in 1999.

Prior to Reid’s appointment, gallery programming was directed and curated by Cliff Eyland in conjunction with his position as assistant professor at the School of Art.

The full-time director-curator position is a first for the U of M, a bold and significant step for an institution that believes in the cultivation of creativity and that creative works are vital to building vibrant communities and celebrating cultural strength and diversity.
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