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July 8, 2016
FUSE: PRIVATE LIVES/PUBLIC DREAMS, Friday, July 15, 2016

July 4, 2016
Family FUSE Weekend: Saturday–Sunday, July 9–10, 2016

June 28, 2016
First North American Retrospective Highlights Two Decades of Art by UK-born, New Delhi-based Artist Bharti Kher

June 23, 2016
Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

June 3, 2016
Vancouver Art Gallery’s new exhibition celebrates visionary photographer Harry Callahan

May 31, 2016
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses Explores the Significance of Six Women in Picasso’s Art and Life

May 20, 2016
Local emerging artists showcased through Vancouver Art Gallery’s Art Rental & Sales program

May 13, 2016
Vancouver Art Gallery meets Kelowna locals at Community Reception

May 11, 2016
Upcoming summer exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery

April 19, 2016
Vancouver Art Gallery Presents BC's Most Prestigious Visual Arts Prizes

April 11, 2016
Vancouver Art Gallery’s Art Auction Raises $1.2 Million

April 1, 2016
FUSE: THIS IS NOW

March 24, 2016
Vancouver Art Gallery’s Major Art Auction to be Held on Saturday, April 9, 2016

February 5, 2016
Vancouver Art Gallery Welcomes new Board Chair David Calabrigo and New Trustees: Gregor Robertson, Christian Chan, Amelia Gao and Gordon MacDougall

January 22, 2016
Groudbreaking Exhibition on Mashup Culture to Occupy Entire Vancouver Art Gallery

January 12, 2016
Vancouver Art Gallery presents a major fundraising Gala in celebration of the Institute of Asian Art

December 21, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery acquires major artworks by Geoffrey Farmer, Reena Saini Kallat, Sonny Assu, Colleen Heslin and more

November 2, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery announces international Asian Art Council and two curatorial positions for the Institute of Asian Art

October 29, 2015
FUSE: TRANSFORM

October 26, 2015
Solo Exhibition of Internationally Renowned Korean Artist Lee Bul Presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery

October 23, 2015
Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven

October 14, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery Acquires Major Contemporary and Historical Art of the Northwest Coast from Renowned U.S. Art Collector George Gund III

October 14, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery Presents the First Comprehensive Retrospective of Visionary Artist Jerry Pethick

October 9, 2015
NEXT: Christos Dikeakos

September 29, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery Unveils Herzog & de Meuron's Conceptual Design

August 25, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery and Burrard Arts Foundation co-present Façade 2015

August 15, 2015
FUSE, Vancouver's Best Art Party, Celebrates 10th Anniversary on August 15

June 2, 2015
Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums opens June 12, 2015

May 21, 2015
Mid-career Survey of Vancouver-based and Internationally Renowned Artist Geoffrey Farmer Opens May 30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery

May 15, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery announces new season of exhibitions-Geoffrey Farmer, 500 Years of Italian Painting, and more

May 11, 2015
Gallery hours extended for the final weekend of Cézanne and the Modern

April 24, 2015,
Jacques Herzog presents a lecture in association with Material Future

April 15, 2015
FUSE: The Noise of Silence, Friday, April 24, 2015

April 10, 2015
Michael Morris, Elizabeth Zvonar and Cate Rimmer won BC's top visual arts prizes

March 17, 2015
Material Future, the Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery

February 17, 2015
Andrew Dadson: Over the Sun

February 17, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery showcases artworks from the collection in The Poetics of Space

February 5, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery showcases masterpieces by Cézanne, Degas, van Gogh, Gauguin and Modigliani

January 28, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery launches its first Google Art Project with Douglas Coupland

January 20, 2015
January 30, 2015, FUSE x PuSh

January 13, 2015
Newly Discovered Oil Paintings by J.E.H. MacDonald Donated to the Vancouver Art Gallery

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The Director


Biography

Kathleen S. Bartels
Director, Vancouver Art Gallery


As Director, Kathleen Bartels has led the Vancouver Art Gallery through a period of unprecedented growth. Her leadership of the 85-year-old institution has resulted in a significant transformation in the program, melding a dynamic mix of contemporary and historical exhibitions that exemplify the Gallery’s commitment to bringing the best of the art world to Vancouver and the best of Vancouver to the world.

The Gallery has gained an international reputation in the contemporary art community through such groundbreaking exhibitions as KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art (2008), Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture (2012), Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Contemporary Chinese Art (2014), and How Do I Fit This Ghost in My Mouth? An exhibition by Geoffrey Farmer (2015). Outstanding historical exhibitions have become another Vancouver Art Gallery hallmark, including original presentations such as Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man (which attracted more than 150,000 visitors to the Gallery during the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010), The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art (2011), and Charles Edenshaw (2013). In addition, Bartels has co-curated four Gallery exhibitions with artist Jeff Wall, including Anthony Hernandez (2009), Kerry James Marshall (2010), Patrick Faigenbaum (2013), and Martin Honert (2013). In 2014, in association with the opening of The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors, the Gallery launched the Institute of Asian Art to reflect its deep commitment to exhibiting contemporary and historical Asian art and the rich cultural mix that our city and province offers. Vigorous audience engagement has also been a priority for Bartels, and today the Gallery delivers a diverse range of public art education programs for more than 190,000 people annually.

With an annual operating budget currently at approximately $17 million, the Gallery has dramatically grown the levels of contributed and earned income during Bartels’ tenure, with private sector donations increasing by more than 250%, the institutional endowment growing fifty-fold from $200,000 to more than $11 million today, and significant growth in attendance, including an average of 36,000 members annually. The Gallery’s collection, which represents the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in British Columbia, now numbers 11,617 representing a 49% increase from 2001. Since 2006, the Gallery has ensured broader access to its collection throughout British Columbia by delivering Across the Province, a Gallery-sponsored exhibition program from the collection.

For more than a decade, Bartels has led the institution on its journey to build a new, expanded Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2008, the Gallery received a gift of $50 million from the Province of British Columbia, representing the first contribution towards a $350 million capital and endowment campaign. In 2013, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved the designation of a City-owned site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets for the new Gallery, and in 2014 the Gallery announced Herzog & de Meuron as the design architects. The goal for the new Gallery, scheduled to open in 2021, is to provide the citizens of Vancouver and all who visit with an amazing experience of art that celebrates British Columbia and its unique place in our world.

Kathleen Bartels has received many awards and honours during her tenure at the Gallery, most recently the 2015 Outstanding Individual Award by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association. She is proud to serve as a Board member of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation.