Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Pierre Théberge appointed for an 11th year as Director

Ottawa - January 7, 2008

Pierre Théberge will remain at the helm of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) for the next year. Today Donald Sobey, Chair of the NGC Board of Trustees, announced the Government’s reappointment of Mr. Pierre Théberge to the position of Director of the National Gallery of Canada for a one-year term effective January 5, 2008. Mr. Théberge became Director of the NGC in January 1998 after a remarkable career dedicated to the development of visual arts in Canada and was reappointed for a second five-year term as Director in January 2003.

“The reappointment of Mr. Théberge to this important position for Canada’s visual arts community will ensure that the National Gallery continues to have strong and experienced leadership during the selection process that the Board of Trustees of the Gallery will launch to recruit a new Director and Chief Executive Officer,” said Mr. Sobey. The successful candidate will take office at the end of Mr. Théberge’s term.

“I look forward to the next 12 months during which the Gallery will continue to see the presentation of Canadian and international exhibitions, a vigorous national outreach program, and innovative educational programming,” said Pierre Théberge. “I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for their confidence, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages for her support and the Gallery’s employees for their dedication and excellence”. 

Numerous honours mark Mr. Pierre Théberge’s career. He was appointed Knight of the Ordre national du Québec in 1992, and Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1994. In 2001, he was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada by former Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson, for his exceptional contribution to the visual arts in Canada. In 2002, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, awarded to Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their country, their community or their fellow citizens. As well in 2002, the Austrian government conferred on him the Cross of Honour for Arts and Science.

Pierre Théberge was born in 1942 in St-Éleuthère, in the Kamouraska region of Quebec.

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