MacKenzie Art Gallery

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Coordinates: 50°25′30″N 104°37′0″W / 50.42500°N 104.61667°W / 50.42500; -104.61667 The MacKenzie Art Gallery, originally the Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, is located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The MacKenzie Art Gallery has over 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of space, with eight galleries totaling 24,000 square feet (2,200 m2). It has modern technical areas including conservation lab, workshop, preparation rooms and vault, a 185-seat theatre, public resource centre, gift shop and conference rooms. The Gallery is visited by about 160,000 visitors a year.[1] During the summer the gallery is the site for Bazart, an artistic trade show.[2] The MacKenzie Art Gallery classifies works first according to cultural and geographic provenance, then by medium, and finally by date of execution and artist's name, letting visitors observe the evolution of art.[3]


The Art Gallery is the legacy of Norman MacKenzie, K.C. (1869–1936), a prominent Regina lawyer and a pioneer and patron of the arts. From 1911 to 1936 he assembled the first art collection of note in Saskatchewan. On his death in 1936 he bequeathed his collection with an endowment to the University of Saskatchewan. The art gallery opened in 1953 located at the Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan (later known as the University of Regina).

In May 1990, the gallery separated from the University and was incorporated as the community-based MacKenzie Art Gallery, moving to its current location in the T.C. Douglas Building at 3475 Albert Street.[1]

The gallery has been a leader in presenting Aboriginal art and artists. In 1975, the MacKenzie was the first public art gallery in Canada to present traditional First Nations objects as fine art in the exhibition 100 Years of Saskatchewan Indian Art 1830–1930. In 1982, the MacKenzie presented the first major exhibition of contemporary First Nations art in Canada, New Work by a New Generation.[4]

Collection and exhibitions[edit]

The collection numbers more than 3,800 artworks including Canadian historical and contemporary works with a special interest in Western Canadian art.[1] Some prominent artists who are represented in the collection or have exhibited at the Art Gallery are Patrick Hayman, Robert Boyer, Ivan Eyre, Augustus Kenderdine, Bill Vazan and Roger Ing. A very substantial portion of the First Nations collection was given by Regina lawyer and wife Morris and Jacqui Shumiatcher. A sample of recent exhibitions:

  • The Ordinary Amazing: The Cultural Value of Modernist Architecture[5]
  • Douglas Morton - Re: Surfacing You Are What You Eat
  • Lee Henderson - Babylon + on + on
  • Bob Boyer: His Life's Work
  • Double Space, featuring recent work by Romeo Gongora, Bettina Hoffmann and Rachelle Viader Knowles
  • Douglas Gordon - Play Dead: Real Time
  • Laura Hargrave - Feeling into Memory


The Art Gallery has issued many publications. A sample:

  • The continental clay connection : Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, September 12 to October 19, 1980, Regina, Sask.: The Gallery, 1980, ISBN 0-920922-06-6 
  • Riddell, W A (1987), The Mackenzie Art Gallery : Norman Mackenzie's legacy, Regina, Saskatchewan: Mackenzie Art Gallery, ISBN 0-920922-62-7 
  • Swinton, Nelda (1990), The Jacqui and Morris Shumiatcher collection of Inuit art : an exhibition organized by the Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Regina: The Gallery, ISBN 0-920922-08-2 
  • Phillips, Catalogue Designed by C (1982), Early domestic architecture in Regina : presentation drawings and plans : an exhibition organized by the Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, 1982, Regina: the Gallery, ISBN 0-920922-10-4 
  • Cicansky : Victor Cicansky, clay sculpture, Regina, Sask.: Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina, 1983, ISBN 0-920922-15-5 
  • New work by a new generation : Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, July 9 to Aug 29, 1982 : a cooperative project of the World Assembly of First Nations, the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College and the Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina: The MacKenzie Gallery, 1982, ISBN 0-920922-13-9 


  1. ^ a b c "At The McKenzie: History & Vision" MacKenzie Art Gallery. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Mackenzie Art Gallery Entrance" Digital Tao. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  3. ^ "The MacKenzie Art Gallery" University of Montreal. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  4. ^ "MacKenzie Art Gallery" The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Discovering Modern Architecture" CBC. Retrieved 4 March 2009

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