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October 25, 2017
FUSE: A Conjuring - November 10, 2017

October 23, 2017
Vancouver Art Gallery presents an interactive installation immersed in local issue of environmental sustainability at Offsite

October 2, 2017
Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection - October 28, 2017 to February 4, 2018

October 2, 2017
Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive - October 28, 2017 to February 4, 2018

October 2, 2017
True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada - October 28, 2017 to January 28, 2018

October 2, 2017
Gordon Smith: The Black Paintings - October 21, 2017 to February 4, 2018

September 5, 2017
Exploring the story of Canadian painting in a major exhibition, Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting - September 30, 2017 to January 1, 2018

September 5, 2017
Vancouver Art Gallery announces its fall exhibition lineup, spotlighting acclaimed artists from the contemporary to the historical

August 18, 2017
Large-scale projections to light up the Vancouver Art Gallery building during Façade Festival

July 26, 2017
Just Announced: Contemporary Canadian painting, Scandinavian-inspired design and Portrait of the Artist from the Royal Collection to share the spotlight this fall

July 14, 2017
Family FUSE Weekend: Nature Concentrated

June 15, 2017
FUSE: 2167—a catapult into the future

June 15, 2017
Technologies, physical objects and natural processes cast anew through three engaging installations in Persistence

June 14, 2017
The tranquility of Claude Monet’s fabled gardens rediscovered in Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio

June 14, 2017
Tarah Hogue named Vancouver Art Gallery’s first Senior Curatorial Fellow, Indigenous Art

June 6, 2017
Elad Lassry’s compelling image-based practice highlighted in first major Canadian exhibition

June 5, 2017
2017 Heller Lecture brings in historian and bestselling author Ross King to speak on the art and life of Claude Monet

May 31, 2017
Vancouver Art Gallery Director Kathleen Bartels awarded the 2017 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Arts, Culture & Design

May 31, 2017
Vancouver Art Gallery appoints cheyanne turions as Director of Education & Public Programs

May 30, 2017
Summer Gala 2017, a celebration of visual art and Claude Monet’s Secret Garden

May 29, 2017
Claude Monet’s Secret Garden highlights a major body of paintings produced in Giverny

May 3, 2017
Vancouver’s reputation as a vital centre for contemporary photographic art shines in Pictures From Here

May 1, 2017
Renowned scholar Dr. Vishakha Desai, Institute of Asian Art council members and local arts community to discuss art and Asian diasporas at Inaugural Symposium

May 1, 2017
Spirit of the natural world lit up: Emily Carr: Into the Forest–May 13, 2017

April 27, 2017
Claude Monet, Elad Lassry and Emily Carr among many to be highlighted this summer

April 19, 2017
Complexities surrounding immigration, cultural identity and racism unpacked in large-scale, floral-patterned text works: Onsite / Offsite Tsang Kin-Wah

April 10, 2017
Vancouver Art Gallery acquires acclaimed artworks by Rodney Graham, Susan Point, Skeena Reece, Stephen Waddell and more

April 5, 2017
Vancouver Art Gallery to Present BC's Most Prestigious Visual Arts Prizes on April 19, 2017

March 16, 2017
Family FUSE Weekend: Materials of the World

March 6, 2017
Year-long speaker series and curators’ talks at the Vancouver Art Gallery reflect on art, exhibition-making and nationhood

February 28, 2017
FUSE: Refuse—a celebration of refusal and denial

February 24, 2017
Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver marks the 20th anniversary of the transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty through the lens of art

February 24, 2017
Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy incorporates martial arts and Hong Kong politics in a new twenty-five metre hand-drawn animation

February 2, 2017
Vancouver Art Gallery presents the most extensive solo exhibition of celebrated Coast Salish artist Susan Point

January 26, 2017
Daina Augaitis to step down as Chief Curator/Associate Director at the Vancouver Art Gallery

January 24, 2017
Dynamic and thought-provoking, Vancouver Art Gallery’s 2017 program showcases art from Vancouver and around the world

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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.