We received this book in the mail yesterday from University of Regina Press. Its official title is The Vaults: Art From the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the University of Regina Collections. Co-edited by MacKenzie head curator Timothy Long and University of Regina researcher Stephen King, and including a foreword by University of Regina president Vianne Timmons, The Vaults showcases some of the art that the MacKenzie has accumulated in its permanent collection since the gallery was founded in 1953.
If you do the math, you’ll realize that the MacKenzie celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013. To mark the occasion, the gallery had a retrospective exhibition of work from the permanent collection called How We Filled The Vault that readers voted Best Art Exhibit in our 2013 Best of Regina poll. That exhibition featured a mix of art and antiquities from the original bequest of Regina lawyer Norman Mackenzie (1869-1936), along with dozens of more contemporary works that the gallery has added to its collection since 1953.
This 100-page book includes many of the works that were displayed in that show, along with other pieces that hold a prominent place in the gallery’s permanent collection. It also features numerous colour photographs by Don Hall, some of which show art that’s installed on the MacKenzie grounds and at the University of Regina.
You can find out more about The Vaults on the University of Regina Press website.