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About the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery

The Gordon Snelgrove Gallery is teaching facility and a public gallery that is managed through the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Saskatchewan. It provides a venue for new work by artists and curators both within the department and the wider community. It has a full-time director and a number of part-time staff.

Additionally, the gallery curates The Department of Art and Art History Collection, consisting of select works from graduating students. Art from the collection is displayed throughout the Murray Building, the university library, a number of sites on campus and the gallery website.

The gallery is located at 191 Murray Building on the University of Saskatchewan campus. It is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm and closed weekends and holidays.

Dr. Gordon Snelgrove

Dr. Gordon Snelgrove
Gordon Snelgrove (1898 - 1966) was a painter and possibly the first Art Historian in Canada to receive a PhD in his discipline. An untitled watercolour on paper in the University of Saskatchewan Art Collection (1916, 27 X 17.5cm) depicts a woman, greeting the viewer as she frolics by the sea. In 1936 he was appointed Professor of the History of Art at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus. A few years later he came to Saskatoon to become Head of Department of Art. Snelgrove taught Art History until his retirement in 1962. His beautiful house is run as a Bed and Breakfast today (Calder House Inn) and boasts period furnishings in its prized “Gordon Snelgrove suite.” Today, The Gordon Snelgrove Gallery continues to provide learning and professional opportunities for artists and students.