Dates & Times:
June 14 – September 7, 2018

Recent Acquisitions: Dr. Margaret (Marmie) Hess


The late Dr. Margaret (Marmie) Perkins Hess left the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery a diverse collection of more than one thousand pieces helps to tell a story of Canadian and International Art in the 20th Century. Come see the exceptional bequest for yourself.

Canadian Collection

  • Tom Thomson, 
  • Emily Carr 
  • Members of the Group of Seven.
First Nations and Inuit artists
  • Alex Janvier
  • Bill Reid
  • Tony Hunt
  • Jessie Oonark
  • Helen Kalvak and many more.

European Feature Artists 
  • Pablo Picasso, 
  • Georges Braque, 
  • Henri Matisse and others.
Hess Gallery, Level 6, Centre for the Arts & Helen Christou Gallery, Level 11, Library

Exhibition Hours
  • Weekdays: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Thursdays: 10 am – 8 pm

  • August 11: 12 – 4 pm
  • September 1: 12 – 4 pm

About Marmie
Marmie was born in Calgary, Alberta on May 3rd, 1916. 
In the 1950s, Marmie travelled extensively in the Canadian north hitching rides with bush pilots and tracing the routes of early explorers. These journeys and later visits to the west coast as a guest of the B.C. costal Haida and other First Nations helped inspire her love for Indigenous art. In 1970, Marmie opened Calgary Galleries Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta to share her passion for, and foster an appreciation of, Canadian Indigenous art. Her gallery was one of the first in Canada to showcase Indigenous art. Marmie also gave lectures on Inuit art and loaned works from her own collection to museums and galleries around the world. In 1993, Marmie was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for her extensive research, writing, exhibitions and lectures on Canadian Indigenous art which added to the valuable body of knowledge in the field.

Learn more about the gallery, exhibition and Marmie's incredible life here

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