By the end of the July long-weekend, we will have had attendance of 20,000. Our school tours sold out even before the exhibition opened. Memberships have more than doubled
—Stephen Borys, WAG director and CEO
Spirits were high last night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery's AGM as director and CEO Stephen Borys announced the gallery's $162,419 surplus for the 2012/2013 fiscal year.
It marks the third largest surplus in WAG history, something Borys
credits to the gallery's two year centennial celebrations slated to wrap
up this December.
Read: 100 Masters exhibit breaks attendance record
Kittigazuit by Anghjik Ruben (WAG)
Over 155,000 people visited the WAG during the fiscal year to check out three key exhibitions; American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell
drew 30,000 people, Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art
was the largest exhibit of Inuit art in gallery history, while William Kurelek: The Messenger
received $301,118, the largest grant ever awarded by the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
And the gallery doesn't see attendance slowing down anytime soon. The 100 Masters: Only in Canada
exhibit has already broken attendance records.
"By the end of the July long weekend, we will have had attendance of 20,000," Borys says.
"Our school tours sold out even before the exhibition opened. Memberships have more than doubled."
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is open 11-5 Saturday, Sunday and Canada Day.