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UToday HomeAugust 1, 2012

Allan Harding MacKay’s Portrait of a Somali Woman, 1993, from the Beaverbrook Collection of war art.Allan Harding MacKay’s Portrait of a Somali Woman, 1993, from the Beaverbrook Collection of war art.

One of Calgary’s emerging public art programs will be led by the University of Calgary and a dynamic new art curator with international credentials. 

The administration and programming of The Founders’ Gallery at The Military Museums will now be managed by Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary. Libraries and Cultural Resources currently operates an active library and archives research centre in The Military Museums.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to deepen our strong working relationship with The Military Museums,” says Tom Hickerson, vice provost (libraries and cultural resources.) “We are thrilled to welcome Lindsey Sharman as our first curator of art in the new Gallery. Her experience will build on the excellent programming that has been so successful to date.”

Sharman has returned to Calgary from Europe, where she recently completed her Master of Advanced Studies in Curating from the Zurich University of the Arts. Prior to her study in Zurich, she studied at the Salzburg International Academy of Art. She is a native of Saskatchewan and received her BA in Art History from the University of Saskatchewan in a program that also included study at the University of Essex in Colchester, U.K.  Most of her curatorial experience has been in Europe. She is happy to return to Calgary where worked for two years as a gallery assistant and web designer at Masters Gallery.

Since it opened in 2009, The Founders’ Gallery at The Military Museums has hosted over a dozen local, national, and international art and heritage exhibitions. Currently on view is A Brush with War, Military Art from Korea to Afghanistan, organized by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the directorate of History and Heritage, Department of National Defence. The exhibition has been made possible in part by a generous donation from the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation. The exhibition highlights Canada’s personal, dramatic, and poignant involvement in international conflict since the Second World War as seen through the eyes of our country’s artists, and will be on view throughout the fall.