Monday, March 14, 2011 - 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Varga’s talk will present an overview of the transformation that the Mendel Art Gallery is undergoing. The Gallery sees the new facility not as an end, but a means to re-imagine the way the Gallery relates to it community as well as address internal program functions – collection development, exhibition and public programs. The new facility will be known as the Art Gallery of Saskatchewan and is anticipated to open in late 2014 early 2015.
Vincent Varga is passionate about the role that the visual arts can play in the development of the individual by helping all see the world in new ways through the lens of art. In addition, he is committed to the significant impact art galleries and museums have in fostering healthy communities through life-long-learning, and to the supportive role these institutions play in supporting economic development in our cities that in turn improve our quality of life.
Vincent Varga attended the University of Calgary where he received a BFA in Art and the University of Victoria where he earned a MFA in Visual Art. Varga has 30 years of curatorial and arts administration experience including: Curator of Contemporary Art at the Glenbow Museum from 1983 - 1986; Coordinator of Exhibitions at the XVth Olympic Winter Games, Olympic Arts Festival from 1986 - 1988; Coordinator of Fine Arts, City of Burnaby from 1989 - 1990; Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Windsor from 1990 - 1994; Administrative Director and co-curator for SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1994 - 1996; Development Associate to The Edmonton Art Gallery from January to September 1996; and the Executive Director of The Edmonton Art Gallery from October 1996 to June 2000. From June of 2000 to December 2004 Vincent Varga served as the Executive Director and CEO of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection as well as the President of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Foundation. In 2005 Vincent joined the staff of the Banff Centre as it Executive Artistic Director of Fine Arts and in 2008 moved to Saskatoon to assume the role of Executive Director and CEO of the Mendel Art Gallery.