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Bill Reid Gallery – Facts

September 15, 2011
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Contact:
Erica Branda, SFU Advancement, 778.782.3353, ebranda@sfu.ca
Mike Robinson, Bill Reid Gallery, 604.682.3455, mrobinson@billreidfoundation.org
Dixon Tam, SFU PAMR, 778.782.8742, 604.417.0881 (cell), dixont@sfu.ca

  • The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is located at 639 Hornby St. in downtown Vancouver. The public gallery showcases a permanent collection of Bill Reid’s work alongside changing exhibitions of Contemporary Northwest Coast art. In 2004, when the Bank of Canada chose four of Reid’s works to adorn the $20 banknote, it was clear that the Haida artist had become a national icon.
  • Bill Reid and the Haida Canoe, the gallery’s current exhibition, June 22, 2011 to Jan. 8, 2012, conveys the pivotal role of the canoe in Northwest Coast art, cultures and communities through photos by Phil Hersee and Robert Semeniuk, and sketches by Reid.
  • Among highlights in the gallery’s permanent exhibit are more than 40 pieces of Reid’s gold and silver jewelry; several of Reid’s works that appear on the Canadian $20 banknote, and a full-scale totem pole carved by James Hart of Haida Gwaii.
  • The Raven’s Call, the most comprehensive interactive website dedicated to the life and work of Reid, allows viewers to take a virtual gallery tour of more than 200 works by him. The site also features the following:
    • Haida author and artist Mike Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ animation of an open-ended short story by Reid that viewers can finish
    • Original essays by Martine Reid, director, content and research, Bill Reid Gallery, who curated the virtual exhibit. Her essays capture Reid’s exploration of his identity through Haida art

The following websites feature videos about Reid and his work:

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