R.I.P. Kate Davis

Just received word that Kate Davis, former director of the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Kate assumed her post at the MacKenzie in 1996. It was a perilous time for the gallery. A few years earlier it had moved from its antiquated spot on the old College Ave. campus to its new digs in the T.C. Douglas building on south Albert. With expanded facilties and programming, of course, come expanded costs of operation. Unfortunately, the gallery’s ability to sustain itself was hindered by budget cuts imposed by the Romanow NDP government who were struggling to cope with the disastrous economic mis-management of the Devine era.

A woman of keen intelligence, with a passion for the arts and an ability to communicate with people from all walks of life, from powerful politicians and business leaders to artists and art lovers alike, Kate played a huge role in broadening awareness and appreciation for the gallery in Regina and the province as a whole which helped greatly in stabilizing its finances and permitting it to pursue its vision of artistic excellence and community engagement.

Today, the MacKenzie ranks as one of the leading art institutions in Canada. It is truly a proud legacy that she leaves behind, and our sympathies go out to her husband John Noestheden; her immediate and extended family; and the many friends and colleagues she leaves behind to mourn her passing.

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7 thoughts on “R.I.P. Kate Davis”

  1. Sad day for the arts community…what a loss! I had no idea she was struggling with the big C.

    Yes, she’ll be missed, Carle. I know I’ll miss her smiling face and strong presence at arts events in the city.

  2. It wasn’t a lengthy battle. It was just a little under a year and she was in remission as of May of this year, came out of remission in August. It all happened very quickly.

    So incredibly, overwhelmingly sad.

  3. A very special person. Conversations with Kate could not only make you enthusiastic about art, but about life as well. Thank you so much for everything, Kate.

  4. This city was very lucky to have had Kate. The people she touched (and they are legion) will never forget her. I echo Dakota, thank you Kate.

  5. On behalf of the visual artists of Saskatchewan, we express our profound sorrow on the passing of Kate Davis – she was a dynamic and committed force for the visual arts – she will be missed.

  6. Very sad. Regina’s keenly intelligent either move away or die from cancer. Remission is a b*tch; “recovery” from cancer is largely a canard, as anyone who has dealt with knows. I say this, just so you all know: Don’t put faith in treatments or “remission”–cherish the time you have after diagnosis. Cancer treatment merely extends life in most cases, rarely solves.

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