In over 40 years the Mann Art Gallery (Mann) has had three names and one location change. The early days of the Gallery began in 1976, when the Little Gallery Committee was formed by a group of 12 volunteers. Bylaws were registered in 1978 and, by a Special Resolution in 1981, the Little Gallery Committee became incorporated as a non-profit corporation. The main objective of the gallery has been to develop public appreciation of the visual arts and to provide impetus for artistic growth by offering a diverse exhibition program encompassing a variety of media from local, regional, national and international sources. In 1987 the Saskatchewan Arts Board awarded the Little Gallery Incorporated operational status thereby, enabling it to hire a full time Visual Arts Director. In 1998 the gallery received operational funding support from the Canada Council for the Arts, enabling the gallery to expand its range and depth of community programming as well as to increase curatorial capacity and professional development opportunities amongst artists.
The Little Gallery Committee Inc. served primarily as a community-based gallery in the old Prince Albert City Hall building, now designated the Prince Albert Arts Centre. In 2003, the E. A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, a twelve million dollar performing & visual arts facility, was built to satiate the need for a professional art gallery and theatre complex in Prince Albert. The Little Gallery moved to this building and became the Art Gallery of Prince Albert.
In 2010, a ten-year financial commitment from Roger and Diane Mann, proprietors of Mann Motor Products, signified increased attention to the direction of the organization. A perfect match, the steel structure of the Mann family’s first car dealership (est. 1957) in Prince Albert now defines the shape of the Mann's Main Gallery Space. Their patronage prompted another change in name, a new logo, funding to enhance our Permanent Collection, and a concentrated re-evaluation of governance structure and the gallery’s long-term strategic plan.
The Mann is Prince Albert’s only public art gallery, and the northernmost public art gallery in Saskatchewan. It thus has an important role to play in promoting local and regional artists' work through mounting and touring exhibitions, producing catalogues, and conducting curatorial visits. Adding diversity and community involvement in our programming is achieved by exhibiting works in our three galleries from different artists and art groups. This programming plan allows the gallery to maintain its curatorial focus (Main Gallery), include community-based arts organizations, guilds, seniors groups, at-risk and minority groups, and emerging artists (Project Space), while encouraging youth and students to actively participate (Studio Gallery/Education Room). In the fall of 2015, the Mann entered into a partnership with the Prince Albert Council for the Arts to program exhibitions at the John V. Hicks Gallery, located at the Prince Albert Arts Centre. The Mandate of the Hicks Gallery is to show work by local Prince Albert artists and notable regional work. The former is curated by the MAG Director/Curator, and the latter is achieved through touring OSAC exhibitions. The Mann and the Arts Council have shared a long and vibrant history in the Arts Centre, as the Mann was formerly located in that space, and both parties are committed to working together for the betterment of arts and culture in Prince Albert. The Hicks Gallery is financially supported by the City of Prince Albert, SaskCulture, and SaskLotteries.
Marcus Miller, MA (Art History), BFA
Marcus Miller has worked across Canada and internationally as a curator, teacher, critic and artist. He holds an MA in the Social History of Art from Leeds University and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. He has taught courses in the history, theory and practice of modern and contemporary art, and publishes critical reviews and articles with several journals including: Canadian Art, BlackFlash, BorderCrossings, Galleries West among others.
Meet the Team
Lana Wilson, MA (Art History), BFA
Lana is passionate about art history and educational opportunities within the museum/gallery context. She is committed to making the gallery space welcoming to everyone. Lana has been the Gallery Educator at the Mann Art Gallery since 2014, and was Acting Director/Curator in 2019-2020. She previously worked as a Program Guide at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon.
Registrar and Digital Media Coordinator
Tia Furstenberg, BFA (Hon.)
Tia grew up in Prince Albert, SK and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BFA Honours (Studio Art) in 2020. She has been the Registrar at the Mann since September 2019, and the Digital Media Coordinator since November 2020. Tia also teaches at the Prince Albert Arts Centre and maintains a home studio practice. Her preferred medium is oil painting.
Sharie was born and raised in Prince Albert before moving to Saskatoon to attend University. Being a restless sort, she has also lived in Saskatoon and Edmonton before moving back to Prince Albert in 2009 to be closer to her family. Besides several years in university, Sharie’s education & training also includes Radio Broadcasting and Office Administration. As the daughter of an artist, Sharie has been immersed in art from the day she was born. She enjoys pottery and painting with acrylics, among other forms. She is currently focusing her creativity on cold-process soapmaking and running a small local soap company.
Seasonal Staff (Summer 2021)
Desiree studied visual arts at the University of Regina for three years, and has since transitioned into her first year of majoring in Cree Language Literacy at the First Nations University. She is fluent in Cree, and this increasing interest is what propelled her to further study her own language and culture. She will continue to pursue a minor in visual arts.
Jessalyn is one of the two Assistant Educators at the gallery this summer. She currently attends MacEwan University and is working towards for a degree in English and Creative Writing. Some of her hobbies include writing, reading, and crafting with children.
Hailey is one of the two Assistant Educators at the gallery this summer. She currently attends the University of Saskatchewan for a degree in Education. Some of her hobbies include art, physical fitness, and working with children.
Board of Directors
The Mann Art Gallery is governed by a Board of Directors as elected representatives from the Mann membership. We exist in the capacity of an incorporated not-for-profit organization with charitable status. Directors must be members of the organization, and serve a two-year term. Elections occur at each AGM (as needed).
Daniel Arnot - Chair
Susan Prakash - Treasurer
Kim Orynik - Secretary
There are currently "Member at Large" vacancies.
Correspondence to the Board can be addressed to Secretary of the Board of Directors, and mailed to the Mann Art Gallery.
Committees are comprised of volunteers and board members (chaired by board members). The committees in place are: Management, Fundraising, Personnel, Policy, and Programming. If you are interested in joining one of these committees as a volunteer, contact the gallery at 1(306) 763 7080 or email@example.com
Diane and Roger