Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 15, 2010 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Investment Brings Exhibition by Aboriginal Artist Bob Boyer to Kamloops

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament (Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo), today announced funding for the Kamloops Art Gallery.

This funding will assist the Gallery in hosting the travelling exhibition "Bob Boyer: His Life's Work" from January 15 to March 13, 2011. The exhibit is the first major retrospective of Métis artist Bob Boyer, a renowned artist, art historian, curator, and educator, whose works have been shown at the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. In addition to his national and international acclaim, Bob Boyer was also a groundbreaking curator who worked at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina to highlight the achievements of historical and contemporary Aboriginal artists.

"Bob Boyer: His Life's Work" is organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The exhibition will be shown at several venues across Canada, including the Kamloops Art Gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

"Our Government's investment will enable the Kamloops Art Gallery to recognize Bob Boyer's legacy as one of Canada's most influential contemporary Aboriginal artists," said Minister Moore. "Throughout his career as artist, curator, and educator, Mr. Boyer championed the need for a heightened recognition of Aboriginal art and artists in Canada."

"The Kamloops Art Gallery is an important cultural resource and attraction for residents and visitors," said Mrs. McLeod. "By investing in this exhibit, the Government of Canada is ensuring that Canadians have the opportunity to celebrate Canada's rich Aboriginal culture."

"Bob Boyer was an exceptional artist whose contribution to the visual arts in Canada was outstanding," said Jann LM Bailey, Kamloops Art Gallery Executive Director. "The Kamloops Art Gallery is grateful to Canadian Heritage for supporting this important exhibition acknowledging Boyer's remarkable legacy."

The Kamloops Art Gallery, established in 1978, is the principal gallery for the visual arts in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. The Gallery has a national reputation for its public and curatorial programs and a strong record for staging travelling exhibits. Its collection includes more than 1,700 works of art featuring Canadian and international artists. "Bob Boyer: His Life's Work" includes 60 paintings in diverse media tracing the artist's career from 1968 to 2004. As part of the exhibition, the Kamloops Art Gallery will engage the local community by offering a curator's talk and tour, gallery tours, and studio art classes.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $14,210 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.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Perry Boldt
    A/Regional Manager - Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations