In May 2013, the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (MSAC) launches a year-long celebration of its 35th anniversary. The exhibition XXXV features artworks selected from the permanent collections at MSAC, focusing on the modern to contemporary periods. XXXV highlights some of the specializations within the larger collection, including new acquisitions, photography, painting and sculpture, works by Inuit and Aboriginal artists, contemporary works in silver and other metals, as well as textile-based works by artists from across Canada.
The art collections at MSAC have grown from 150 works in 1978 to more than 8,000 in 2013, which reflects the gallery's ambitious acquisition mandate. Artworks are acquired through donations, commissions and purchases. MSAC aims to collect important pieces by contemporary Canadian and international artists, as well as historical works that inform and aid the interpretation of art by contemporary artists.
The XXXV exhibition was curated by Dawn Owen, curator of contemporary art, with assistance from Verne Harrison, gallery co-ordinator, Robbyne MacNeil MacKenzie, collections management assistant, and installation assistants Patrick Beh, Vikki Dziuma, Tanner Jackson, Graham Ragan and Don Russell.
Exhibition: May 9 to July 14
Curator's talk: May 28 at noon