The University of Winnipeg



WAG Announces Patricia E. Bovey as Director Emeritus

Pat Bovey

Patricia Bovey

WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg would like to congratulate Patricia E. Bovey for her recent appointment as Director Emeritus of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG). Bovey is currently an Adjunct Professor of Art History at UWinnipeg and teaches in the Masters in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices program (in partnership with the WAG) and in the Arts and Culture Management Program at UWInnipeg’s Professional and Applied Continuing Education (PACE) which are cross listed in the bachelor of arts program.

“We are delighted to see this kind of recognition of such a longtime contributor, on so many different levels, to the rich cultural life of Winnipeg and beyond,” said Dr, Neil Besner, UWinnipeg’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic and International.

Bovey has a rich career in the arts that began at the WAG in 1970 and has contributed to the arts ever since. She served ten years as Curator of Traditional Art then later as director. During this time she developed partnerships with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs resulting in international presentations of WAG exhibitions and has served to strengthen the arts for more than four decades in our province and across borders.

“It is very fitting to appoint Patricia Bovey as Director Emeritus to the WAG,” comments Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “The honour is well-deserved for her arts and cultural work at the WAG, in Winnipeg, and across the country.”

An alumnus of UWinnipeg, Borys is currently an adjunct history professor at UWinnipeg and also teaches one of the core courses for the Curatorial Practices stream of the Masters in Cultural Studies.

Bovey has been associated with UWinnipeg for almost 40 years. She helped start UWinnipeg’s art history program in the early 1970s with Ferdinand Eckhart and Henry Duckworth*. She was instrumental in 2010 in researching and helping found the Curatorial Practices stream of the Cultural Studies MA program and today she teaches one of the most important courses in the program.

“My life in art galleries coupled with university work has been truly rewarding,” expressed Bovey. “This appointment brings back so many memories, including working with the late Dr. Duckworth* in the 1970s and establishing the art collection at the UWinnipeg. It is my hope that my Curatorial Practice students will have as enriching careers as I have been privileged to have.”

* Dr. Henry Edmison Duckworth served as the UWinnipeg President beginning in 1971 and held the position until 1981. In that year, he became President Emeritus of The University of Winnipeg.

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