2017-2018 Impact Report

Monkman Bouvier Glenbow July First Free ThursdayShame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience

Glenbow Donor Impact Report 2017-2018

In 1966, when Eric Harvie and his family donated an incredible collection of art, artifacts and historical documents to the people of Alberta, the Harvie family's spirit of philanthropy embodied an inspirational vision for Calgary and Alberta. Through their gift, Glenbow was created to "promote and encourage the acquisition and diffusion of knowledge of the human race, its arts, its history and the nature of the world in which it lives." This big idea has guided the museum for over 50 years and continues to inform Glenbow's future.

As we continue to explore new ways of serving Calgary's growing community whose needs and interests continually evolve, we want to take a moment to recognize and thank you, our supporters, for making another year of exceptional exhibitions and programs possible.

2017-2018: Exhibitions & Access

As one of Calgary's cultural cornerstones, Glenbow plays a role in defining Western Canadian culture. Our audience wants to see nationally significant exhibitions that resonate with our community and our city's unique character. In celebration of Canada's sesquicentennial, our 2017-2018 exhibitions and programs focused on Canadian art and artists. We were delighted to see attendance increase in 2017, thanks to a rich program of exhibitions that included the following highlights.

Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries
October 7, 2017-January 7, 2018
Organized by The McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Curated by Roald Nasgaard and Gwendolyn Owens

This exhibition brought a fresh perspective to an artist who is often credited as one of the founding fathers of Canadian art. Visitors attracted by the name and reputation of Lawren Harris, the iconic landscape painter and member of the Group of Seven, were surprised and inspired to see his little known abstract work. The exhibition celebrated Harris' mastery of colour and space and explored the ambitious desire of Harris and his contemporaries to find or create "the spiritual in art."

Supported by the Alberta Lottery Fund and funded by the Consulate General of the United States. Lead Sponsor: Masters Gallery.


Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience
June 17, 2017-September 10, 2017
A project by Kent Monkman. Produced by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto in partnership with the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown.

One of the most hotly anticipated and critically examined exhibitions in Canada in 2017, Kent Monkman's response to the Canada 150 celebrations was an enormously important exhibition that demonstrated the power of art to impact and influence contemporary culture. With humour and unblinking truth-telling, Monkman's gender bending, time travelling alter-ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, served as the guide on a journey through Canada's history that addressed some of the darkest chapters of Canada's past and narrated a story of Canada through the lens of First Nations' resilience.

Supported by The Alberta Canada 150 Grant through the Government of Alberta. Supported in part by the Government of Canada and the Ontario Arts Council. Lead Sponsor: Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation.


Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American ContemporariesHigher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries

More 2017-2018 Exhibitions

North of Ordinary: The Arctic Photographs of Geraldine and Douglas Moodie
Febuary 18 - August 27, 2017
Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Susan Kooyman

David Altmejd: The Vessel
March 4 - May 22, 2017
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada

Romancing the Canoe
June 17, 2017 - September 10, 2017
Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Roger Boulet

Artefacts: Contemporary Moving Images Karilynn Ming Ho: For the Left Hand Alone
June 17, 2017 - August 27, 2017
Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Sarah Todd

One New Work
DaveandJenn: The Wellspring

October 7, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Nancy Tousley

Jennifer Wanner: Second Nature
October 7, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Organized by Glenbow

Eye of the Needle
October 7, 2017 - May 13, 2018
Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette

The Black Gold Tapestry
October 7, 2017 - May 21, 2018
By Sandra Sawatzky
Organized by Glenbow

Engaging the Community

From April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, over 140,000 people visited our exhibitions. As part of Glenbow's commitment to expand the reach and impact of art and culture in our community, we were also pleased to see the enthusiastic response to our Special Access Programs. Over 2,700 guests attended through our Indigenous Access program, which provides First Nations, Inuit and Metis people with complimentary admission, while 1,084 Calgarians attended through our Group Assistance program, which offers opportunities for service agencies, charitable and non-profit organizations to visit Glenbow with groups of youth and/or adults who are otherwise unable to afford regular admission. Our Free First Thursday Nights have also remained popular, with 18,204 visitors between April 2017 and March 2018.

Looking Forward: Glenbow in 2018-2019

Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American ContemporariesAlex Janvier, Untitled, 1986, Collectionof National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (42867) © Alex Janvier. Photo: NGC

In 2018-2019, we will maintain our focus on presenting significant art exhibitions. Our current exhibitions, Frida Kahlo: Her Photos and One New Work: John Will: Photography RIP, explore the medium of photography, and have been extremely well received by our visitors. The Artist's Mirror: Self Portraits, which opened on March 10, 2018, explores themes of self-representation and marks the launch of a five-year collaboration with Library and Archives Canada. Glenbow will host a series of exhibitions drawn from the national portrait collection. The inaugural exhibition features fascinating works by Emily Carr, Norval Morriseau, Yousuf Karsh, Alma Duncan and many others.

In June 2018, we will open our summer exhibition season and present Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master. This major retrospective, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, celebrates Alex Janvier's lifetime of creativity, knowledge and perspective, gained through his love of the land, art and Dene culture. The exhibition features more than 100 remarkable paintings and drawings, including well-known masterpieces as well as art works that have never been on public display.

Glenbow continues to be uniquely positioned to lead the way in Indigenous education programs in Alberta. We have hired three additional Blackfoot educators to meet the growing need for authentic, first-person expertise in the history and presentation of Blackfoot culture in Treaty 7 territory. Another exciting program that is making an impact is our Adopt-A-Class program, which enables students from underserved schools to take part in our education programs. To date, 20 classes have participated and we hope to grow this number in 2018.

Donor Profile: Rod & Lois Green

Donor Profile:
Rod & Lois Green
Rod and Lois Green

Glenbow supporters and native Albertans Rod and Lois Green have been members of Calgary's vibrant art scene for over 40 years. A visual artist, Lois trained in jewellery design at The Alberta College of Art + Design and maintains an active practice in sculpture and paper works. Rod began working in the art world with Masters Gallery in 1977, becoming a partner in 1986. Rod served on Glenbow's Board of Governors between 1997 and 2016.

How did you first come to be involved with Glenbow?
Masters Gallery participated in the Glenbow Museum Acquisition Society in the 1980s, advising the museum on artworks to incorporate into the collection. The 70s and early 80s were a wonderful time for galleries and a boom time in Calgary - Glenbow's collection grew and the institution became an integral part of the city's art community. The scope of Glenbow's collections and its role in telling the story of the West has always resonated with us.

You were amongst the inaugural members of our Art Patrons Council that formed in 2017. What motivated you to join this program?
We wanted to provide sustaining support for the museum and it felt like the right opportunity. Through our support of this program we know we are keeping the community strong.

You have been extraordinary supporters of Glenbow. What inspires you to support the arts in Calgary and Glenbow in particular?
We have always felt a commitment to Calgary and its community. If a city has provided a good living for you, you should give back. We share a love of the arts and have always been committed to cultural giving. After all, what is the first thing that you do when you're a child? Someone gives you a crayon and a piece of paper and you are creative from day one. It is important to support institutions that provide access and exposure to the arts.

Visionary Growth: Art Patrons Council

We were pleased to announce the launch of our Art Patrons Council program in 2017. This group of visionary supporters is helping Glenbow fulfill our mission every day in three key areas: Great Exhibitions, Engaging School Programs and Community Access initiatives.

The Art Patrons Council has helped provide ongoing, sustainable revenue to Glenbow, enabling us to continue to build on our three core pillars and increase our impact in Calgary. In addition to providing critical support to Glenbow, members of the Art Patrons Council are invited to participate in exclusive, enriching events throughout the year.

If you would like to find out more about the Art Patrons Council, please don't hesitate to contact Glenbow's Senior Development Officer, Major Giving, Jasmine Aslan, at 403-268-4189.

The Art Patrons Council three-year commitment has been a tremendous help in allowing us to plan with confidence and initiate amazing new projects.

Donna Livingstone, President + CEO

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