SASKATOON, June 29, 2010 - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin), today announced funding for the Mendel Art Gallery.
This funding will help the gallery produce a travelling retrospective exhibition on the life and work of Saskatchewan abstract artist William Perehudoff, entitled The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, a Retrospective. The project will include the production of the exhibit and its installation at the Mendel Art Gallery, as well as the development and delivery of public programming, including a symposium and the writing and publication of an extensive exhibit catalogue.
"Our Government recognizes the importance of preserving our arts and culture," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to support a project that will bring to light the creations of William Perehudoff, a significant Saskatchewan artist, and provide Canadians with access to his remarkable work," said Minister Moore.
"With its excellent programming and exhibitions, the Mendel Art Gallery makes a valuable contribution to the cultural vitality of this region," said Mr. Vellacott. "Today's investment supports its continued efforts to produce high-quality exhibitions for all Canadians to enjoy."
"The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, a Retrospective provides Canadians with insight into one of the country's most significant abstract painters, who has influenced a generation of Western Canadian artists and beyond," said Vincent Varga, Executive Director of the Mendel Art Gallery. "Through the enabling support of the Museums Assistance Program for this retrospective exhibition, publication, and national tour, the Mendel furthers its commitment to celebrating the artists in our community while also enhancing awareness of the contributions that artists like William Perehudoff make to our national identity."
The Mendel Art Gallery is Saskatoon's premier destination for contemporary and historical art, with exhibitions changing quarterly. The Mendel's permanent collection includes more than 5,000 local, regional, and national works of art. With more than 157,000 visitors in 2009, the Mendel has one of the highest per-capita attendance rates in Canada.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $143,860 through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
Francine D. Lefebvre
Prairies and Northern Region