Joane Cardinal-Schubert, My Mother’s Vision: The Warshirt Series - I am Yelling for All Things on Earth - I am Screaming!, 1986. Photo: MacKenzie Art Gallery.

Canada’s MacKenzie Art Gallery Gifted One Thousand Works of Contemporary Indigenous and Inuit Art

The MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, in the Saskatchewan province of Canada, has been gifted more than one thousand works of art by contemporary Indigenous and Inuit artists. Collectors Thomas Druyan and Alice Ladner, who are based in Alberta, Canada, pledged to donate the works over a three-year period.

“Thomas and Alice are visionary collectors, who bring a rare sensitivity and desire to understanding how different artists develop their skills, as well as how these works relate to the artist’s own community and its traditions,” said Anthony Kiendl, the museum’s executive director and CEO. “Just as importantly, they understand that this collection will engage the next generation of audiences and scholars—a commitment we share.”

The works—which are part of the Kampelmacher Memorial Collection of Indigenous Art, named in honor of Druyan’s grandparents Wolf and Sala Kampelmacher—are by artists from across Canada, including from the Mi’kmaw Nation and all four regions of Inuit Nunangat. 220 of the works are from the exhibition “Across the Turtle’s Back: The Kampelmacher Memorial Collection of Indigenous Art,” which was staged at the museum in 2016.  

“This collection is named for my grandparents of blessed memory, who immigrated to Canada in 1969, because I want to give back to the country that welcomed us at our time of need,” Druyan said. “We can think of no better way to do so than with a gift that reflects the cultural diversity of these lands—and by giving them to an institution where we feel confident they will be shared with the public in a wide range of exhibitions and educational programs.”

Among the artists represented in the collection are Allen Angeconeb, Shuvinai Ashoona, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Blake Debassige, Robert Houle, Helen Kalvak, Daphne Odjig, Pitalousie Saila, and Oviloo Tunnillie.