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Press Releases

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

July 28 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

December 2, 2014
Vancouver Art Gallery Launches Ai Weiwei's Limited Artist Edition

November 13, 2014
Long-time supporter, philanthropist Michael Audain becomes Vancouver Art Gallery's first Honorary Chairman

November 5, 2014
Unscrolled: Major Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art Explores Reinvention of Chinese Tradition in Present-day Visual Culture

October 16, 2014
Vancouver Art Gallery Launches Institute of Asian Art, Expanding its Exhibitions, Collections, Programs and Curatorial Leadership

October 9, 2014
Vancouver Art Gallery unveils landmark exhibition The Forbidden City

September 18, 2014
Join Herzog & de Meuron for their First Public Talk in Canada: October 1, 2014

September 10, 2014
Celebrates two British Columbia artists through a unique exhibition: Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie

August 22, 2014
Last chance to be wowed by Douglas Coupland at the Vancouver Art Gallery

July 3, 2014
FUSE: Fake Plastic, hottest art party this summer

June 18, 2014
Vancouver Art Gallery appoints three outstanding community leaders to its Board of Trustees

June 12, 2014
Internationally celebrated Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery

June 10, 2014
Landmark Collection of Over 550 Photographs by Harry Callahan Donated to Vancouver Art Gallery

May 22, 2014
First Solo Museum Exhibition of Artist Douglas Coupland Opens May 31

April 29, 2014
Herzog & de Meuron Selected to Design Vancouver Art Gallery's New Museum Building

April 16, 2014
FUSE explores the beautiful and the terrible

April 11, 2014
BC's Premier Visual Arts Prizes on April 15: Audain Prize, VIVA Awards

March 20, 2014
Out of Sight makes meaningful connections among recent acquisitions

March 18, 2014
Major Acquisition: photographs by Harold Edgerton and Eadweard Muybridge

March 3, 2014
Myfanwy MacLeod, or There and Back Again uncovers new meanings in iconic popular culture

February 25, 2014
Three decades of powerful photographs by Edward Burtynsky at the Vancouver Art Gallery

February 21, 2014
Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary exhibition an insight into the artistic evolution of the Group of Seven founding member

February 18, 2014
Edward Burtynsky donates 34 works to the Vancouver Art Gallery's Permanent Collection

February 6, 2014
Art Moves: Vancouver Art Gallery's Art Auction takes place on February 15, 2014

February 3, 2014
Celebrate the Month of Emily Carr in February with special $10 admission and complimentary art prints

January 30, 2014
Celebrate BC Family Day at the Gallery - free for children aged 12 & under

January 21, 2014
Charles Edenshaw Travels to the National Gallery of Canada and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

January 17, 2014
Final week of KIMSOOJA Unfolding at the Vancouver Art Gallery

January 14, 2014
FUSE: The PuSh Festival Edition Unites Visual and Performing Arts

January 9, 2014
Five Architectural Firms Short-Listed for the Design of Vancouver Art Gallery's New Home in Downtown Vancouver

December 17, 2013
Free admission every Sunday for children aged 12 & under, supported by Visionary Partner: the Diamond Foundation

December 11, 2013
Unparalleled Vigour and Power in Canadian Art–Emily Carr: Deep Forest opens December 21st

December 4, 2013
The Audains Donate Rare Emily Carr Self-portrait to the Vancouver Art Gallery


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The Director


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 84-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 exploring the art and culture of Vancouver and its place in the world. 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 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 over 11,600 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 our 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.