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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

December 6, 2016
Khan Lee’s Red, Green and Blue Lights Up Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite

November 30, 2016
We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr

November 29, 2016
Vancouver Art Gallery debuts inaugural triennial exhibition putting the focus on the city’s contemporary art scene

November 14, 2016
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures Full List of 40 Artists Announced

October 20, 2016
Vancouver Art Gallery presents Walker Evans: Depth of Field

October 3, 2016
Juxtapoz x Superflat opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery this November

September 27, 2016
Vancouver Art Gallery Presents One Night Only Performance by Renowned Contemporary Calligrapher Wang Dongling

September 22, 2016
New Installation by First Nations Artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Future Site

September 15, 2016
Vancouver Art Gallery Appoints Ann Webb as Associate Director, Director of Engagement & Strategic Initiatives

September 1, 2016
Vancouver Art Gallery Launches New Triennial: Vancouver Special

July 25, 2016
Vancouver Art Gallery welcomes Syrian newcomer families and new citizens with two unique cultural events this week

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
Stephen Waddell’s solo exhibition Dark Matter Atlas to be presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery

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

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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.