The secrets out . .
. Professor Clarence Bayne, who heads the DIA/DSA unit in the John Molson
School of Business that will house the new Bruno J. Pateras Graduate Award
in Arts Administration, chats with guide Julie Boivin. In the background
are Carolyn Renaud, chair of the Gallerys fundraising committee,
and Lillian Vineberg, chair of the Board of Governors. The striking artwork
is Une reine, 700 mâles et 26,426 ouvrières, 2002, by Thérèse
by Barbara Black
Friends of the Leonard
& Bina Ellen Art Gallery found out they really had something to celebrate
when they met for a 10th anniversary brunch at the gallery last Sunday.
Rector Frederick Lowy made a surprise announcement that a $2-million endowment
fund will be established to put the gallery on a firm financial footing
and undertake new projects.
One million dollars was raised by the Rectors Cabinet through the
combined efforts of the Max and Iris Stern Museums Legacy, Abe and Harriet
Gold, Avi Morrow and the board of the Gallery, and this amount was matched
by the Concordia University Foundation.
As a result, the Gallery has the assurance that it can pursue its multifaceted
mandate to collect, research, conserve, exhibit and educate, all in the
name of Canadian art.
Collector and Concordia benefactor Leonard Ellen, who lent his name to
the gallery when it moved into the main floor of the J.W. McConnell complex
in 1992, was particularly moved by the announcement.
Helaine Kliger, who heads the gallerys advisory board, told guests
at the brunch that the gallerys buzzword will no longer be Montreals
best-kept secret, the ironic name of the current show, but Montreals
most happening gallery.
Until now, a single person has filled the dual roles of curator and director
of the Gallery (currently, Lynn Beavis). However, a search is now in progress
for a director. This will be followed by a search for the Max Stern Curator,
and a third position will be created, that of art education coordinator.
For four years, the Gallery has had an educational internship program
based on a Canada Council grant and offered in conjunction with Concordias
Department of Art Education.
The Ann Duncan Award for the Visual Arts, named in honour of a Gazette
art critic, is given annually to a fine arts student to fund their tuition
and give them museum experience in a gallery setting.
To this will be added the Bruno J. Pateras Graduate Award in Arts Administration,
which will provide a gallery internship in the John Molson School of Business.
The award was established by Abe and Harriet Gold to commemorate Pateras,
an alumnus and Montreal criminal lawyer.
The roots of Concordias art gallery go back to 1962, when space
was allocated in the Henry F. Hall Building for modest holdings of art.
Since then, a significant collection has been built up, thanks to the
discriminating work of successive curators and directors, including Edwy
Cooke, Donald Andrus, Sandra Paikowsky and Karen Antaki.
The Ellen Gallery now has a rich collection of Canadian art historical
(pre-1945), modern (circa 1945 to 1970) and contemporary and is
considered the leading university museum in the field.