Transforming the Gallery

$25 Million Anonymous Endowment Gift for MacKenzie Art Gallery Will Support Significant Expansion of Exhibitions and Programs

The MacKenzie Art Gallery today announced two major gifts to the art museum. The first, a $25 million (CAD) gift from an anonymous donor, is the largest such donation in the Gallery’s history. By creating a new endowment for the Gallery, this gift will annually provide, on average, 25% of the Gallery’s current annual operating budget. A second, six-figure gift, from local collector and philanthropist Lyn Goldman, will be split between the MacKenzie’s acquisitions fund and its ongoing programming and organizational needs. Part of an effort to transform the MacKenzie ahead of its 70th anniversary, these two gifts will support the museum’s capacity to develop and present creative exhibitions and programs, and to better engage 21st century audiences.

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The MacKenzie Art Gallery presents a newly commissioned artwork, Kâkikê / Forever (2018) by Omaskêko Ininiwak (Cree) artist Duane Linklater. The artwork was installed on the façade of the T.C. Douglas building in the spring of 2018. Kâkikê / Forever is a text-based, site-specific work that responds to various aspects of its location. Drawing from unattributed Indigenous words spoken during the making of treaties: “As long as the sun shines, the river flows, and the grass grows,” Kâkikê / Forever poetically reflects Canada’s conflicted past, charged present, and future (post) colonial imaginary.

Read more about Duane Linklater's installation