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 The University Art Collection

Kenderdine Art Gallery

The University of Saskatchewan Art Collection began almost as soon as the University was established. Dr. Walter Murray, the first President of the University, was a great supporter of the arts and during his almost thirty year tenure, many of the important historic works in the collection were purchased or donated to the University. The first acquisition was made in 1911 and the collection has since grown to encompass a broad-based corpus of International, Canadian and Saskatchewan art. The collection continued to develop in an informal manner until 1961 when an Art Committee was formed by the President's Council to help provide direction, stability and growth. In the early 1970's, the entire art collection was catalogued and numbered and eventually these records were entered into the University of Saskatchewan computer system. In 1980, a catalogue, University of Saskatchewan Permanent Art Collection 1980, was published. A more definitive account of the history of the collection can be found in this catalogue. The collection now comprises nearly 3500 objects and includes many important examples of Canadian and International art.

A new era began in October of 1991 when the Kenderdine Art Gallery opened in the then new Agriculture Building. This exhibition space was made possible by a gift from Mrs. May Beamish, the daughter of Augustus F.L. Kenderdine for whom the gallery is named. The Kenderdine Art Gallery provides a venue to showcase the permanent collection for students and members of the University, the city of Saskatoon and for the general Saskatchewan public. In addition, the gallery provides the opportunity to broaden the artistic horizons of the community by bringing in works of art and exhibitions from across the country.

The collection maintains a range of archival material concerning it's programming and exhibitions. As a part of it's collections management strategy, extensive records concerning represented artists and works in it's collection are maintained.




Gordon Snelgrove Gallery Collection

General Information
The gallery is operated by the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Saskatchewan. It is located in the northeast section of the Murray Building. The Gallery receives operations and special project funding from the U of S with additional financial assistance from the Museum Gallery Grant Program administered by the Museums Association of Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan Lotteries.) The Gallery is open to the public on a year round basis and offers a diverse temporary exhibition program. The Gallery also offers a site for special events such as visiting artist presentations. All events, exhibitions and receptions are open and free to the public.

Exhibition Programs
The Gallery presents a wide range of student exhibitions including graduating shows (B.F.A. and M.F.A.) and group projects organized through studio and art history courses. The Gallery's "ShadowSpace" program supports opportunities for informal individual and group exhibitions and performance by undergraduate and graduate student participants. Other Department based programming includes biannual faculty shows and exhibitions of works held in the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery Collection. Exhibitions drawn from the wider community include high school art shows, touring exhibitions, curatorial projects and collaborative projects with campus, city and provincial organizations.

The Collection
The Gordon Snelgrove Gallery Collection consists of artworks donated from student graduating exhibitions including B.F.A. (Distinguished Exhibition) and M.F.A. presentations. These works held in trust of the G.S.G.C. may be offered for transfer to the University of Saskatchewan Art Collection after a period of five years. Works are displayed within the Department of Art and Art History facility or at various sites in other campus buildings.


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