Although the University of Manitoba’s 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, 2011, Mary Reid, who has been the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) since 2004, will take the helm of Gallery One One One 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 University of Manitoba 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. Mary will contribute her boundless energy and enthusiasm as we transition to the new facility. We are very fortunate to have her assume this role at this critical time in the history of the school,” he added.
“I look forward to drawing upon my expertise in contemporary art, broad international network and partners within Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba to create exciting initiatives that will ‘break-in’ this stunning class-A facility,” Reid said.
In a collaborative spirit, the WAG extends its best wishes to the School of Art and congratulates Mary Reid as this position furthers her career, and will serve to strengthen the tie between the two organizations. Stephen Borys, director of the WAG, noted that the University of Manitoba 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 very excited for her new role in the Winnipeg arts community and congratulate her on this new appointment.”
Reid has enlivened Winnipeg’s cultural scene in the seven years 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 as well as public sculpture with a particular interest in the investigation of the creative process itself. She is a member of the Public Art Committee for the City of Winnipeg, the Image Committee of the Downtown Biz, co-chair of Nuit Blanche 2011 and former President of the Board of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. 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 many dimensions of the arts, artists and the city.
Reid has lectured and taught at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba on issues in contemporary art, curating and museum practice as well as critical writing. She received her Master’s degree in Art History from York University in 1999.
Prior to Reid’s appointment, the programming for the gallery 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 University of Manitoba, 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.
For more information, please contact Paul Hess, Director, School of Art, 204-474-9303; Mary Reid, Curator of Contemporary Art, WAG, 204-789-0517; or Michael Marshall, communications officer, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7962, firstname.lastname@example.org. Debra Fehr, Manager, Communications & Marketing, 204-789-1767