Mendel Art Gallery


The Mendel Art Gallery is the legacy of Saskatoon businessman and art collector Frederick (Fred) Salomon Mendel. In 1960 Mendel initiated discussions with the Mayor of Saskatoon with a goal of establishing a permanent civic arts centre in the city. Mendel later donated $175,000 toward its construction.  A site was chosen along the South Saskatchewan River, and following a national architectural design competition, the Winnipeg firm of Blankstein, Coop, Gillmor and Hanna was awarded the contract to build the centre. The centre opened in 1964 as the Mendel Art Gallery and Civic Conservatory. The official opening featured an exhibition of works from Fred Mendel’s personal collection.

A year later, Mendel added a second gift to the gallery: 13 paintings by members of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. These works established the foundation of the Mendel Art Gallery collection, which has grown over the years to more than 5,000 works by Saskatchewan, Canadian and international artists, in a variety of media and styles.

In 1967 the Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation – an arms-length charitable organization - was established by the city to operate the gallery. It continues to operate under this governance model today.

 

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