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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR Vancouver is a

creative and dynamic city that is recognized globally for its unique character
and culture that foster a vibrant art scene, and the Vancouver Art Gallery
strives to both reflect this creative force and raise the profile of the city we
call home. I am extremely proud to report on all that we have accomplished
over the past twelve months, including outstanding exhibitions, unprece-
dented acquisitions for the permanent collection and innovations in our
school, family and adult education programs.
The Gallery also made significant progress toward realizing our vision
for a new, purpose-built Vancouver Art Gallery in downtown Vancouver.
Following the unanimous decision by Vancouver City Council to designate the site at West Georgia and Cambie
Streets for a new Gallery, we were thrilled to announce in April 2014 that Herzog & de Meuron was selected
as the design architects for our new building. This was the culmination of an international architect selection
process that was launched in September 2013, with seventy-five firms from sixteen different countries partici-
pating. Following an in-depth peer review and interview process, the Gallery was unanimous in our decision
to select this Pritzker Prize–winning Swiss firm. We are thrilled to be working with Herzog & de Meuron and to
be the first to bring their incredible talent to Canada.
This past year, the Gallery featured a dynamic array of pioneering exhibitions with a strong focus on works
by Canadian artists, historical and contemporary, including the iconic artistry of Charles Edenshaw, the visionary
painting of Lawren Harris, the compelling photography of Edward Burtynsky, the thought-provoking installations
of Myfanwy MacLeod, the fascinating world of Douglas Coupland and the illuminating multimedia installations of
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. We also organized comprehensive survey exhibitions of Kimsooja and
Muntadas, showcasing an extensive amount of groundbreaking artwork by these two major figures in the inter-
national contemporary art world. Offsite , the Gallery’s outdoor public art space, continued to animate downtown
Vancouver featuring installations by two outstanding artists, Mark Lewis and Babak Golkar. Our impact across
the country was felt through the extensive touring of Charles Edenshaw and Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal
Culture , and our Across the Province program continued to share the Gallery’s permanent collection with audiences
throughout British Columbia. And, so much more!
In addition, we found innovative and meaningful ways to present recently acquired works to our permanent
collection through themed exhibitions such as Out of Sight and On Stage . As part of our ongoing efforts to build
a permanent collection that represents the most comprehensive resource for the visual arts in British Columbia,
we have made significant progress in the past year. This includes a monumental donation of 556 photographs by
the acclaimed American photographer Harry Callahan from the Montreal-based The Rossy Family Foundation,
marking the largest photography donation in the Gallery’s history.
As a civic institution, we strive to engage our community with high-quality public programs, including our
well subscribed Weekly Family Programs and Family FUSE Weekend , high-profile artist talks, curator’s tours
and the enormously popular multi-disciplinary FUSE —which, in its ninth year, expanded to four events annually.
In addition, our highly respected School Programs inspired thousands of students in grades two to twelve,
our professional development training workshops were fully booked and our Teen Art Group (TAG), a unique
collaboration with Emily Carr University of Art + Design, provided young adults with groundbreaking learning





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