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

National Gallery of Canada Foundation launches program to acquire Emily Carr painting

Ottawa, Canada - January 20, 2004

« La Fondation du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada lance un programme en vue d’acquérir une œuvre d’Emily Carr » 
 The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is excited to announce the launch of its innovative Corporate Circle program. This new initiative gives companies the opportunity to support the National Gallery of Canada through its Foundation. The first special project to which corporations are invited to contribute is the acquisition of a painting by Emily Carr.

Carr played a major historic role in the culture of British Columbia and was one of Canada’s most interesting painters. Her 1932 work, Forest Landscape, comes from the collection of the late Mr. & Mrs. Davidson Dunton, and presents a rare opportunity for the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. In this painting, Carr mastered her innovative technique of oil paint diluted with gasoline brushed on large sheets of manila paper. It allowed Carr to fuse the fluidity of watercolour with the density of oil paint, and enabled the artist to attain a new freedom and spontaneity of expression.

“We are pleased to lead a corporate fundraising program that will enable the public to understand and enjoy the world of art,” says Bernard Courtois, Executive Counsel, Bell Canada and BCE, and volunteer Chair of The Corporate Circle program.

The Corporate Circle program must raise $150,000 by March 31 to acquire the Carr painting. Special projects such as this would not be possible without private funding.

By supporting the Gallery with an annual contribution of $1,000 or more, Corporate Circle program members become crucial to the National Gallery of Canada’s ability to undertake special projects such as acquiring and restoring important works of art, staging national and international exhibitions of Canada’s art treasures, and supporting art education at all levels, from public schools to post-graduate studies.

“Through donor relations, stewardship and communications activities, the Foundation provides indispensable leadership to Canada’s visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally,” says Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada. “Both large and small enterprises that join The Corporate Circle program will thus be making an invaluable contribution to Canadian art.”

Bell Canada, a founding partner of The Corporate Circle program, host of the launch, and a generous supporter of the Gallery’s Bell Audioguide Program, is a leading example of corporate philanthropy and commitment to the arts and culture.

“Bell Canada has long been a patron of the arts. Socrates said, ‘Wisdom begins in wonder’ – and that’s why supporting the arts is not only the nice thing to do or the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,” says Courtois.
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