The Beaverbrook Art Gallery would like to express sincere condolences on the passing of Ian G. Lumsden, its longest serving director, who passed away on June 5, 2014. Ian provided dedicated service to the Gallery for 32 years from 1969 to 2001.
According to the Gallery’s current director, Terry Graff, “Ian made a significant contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the visual arts, as well as to the development of museums in Canada. His leadership and scholarly curatorial research helped to make the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s world-class collection accessible to regional, national and international audiences. He produced many important exhibitions and publications over the course of his career, many of which focused exclusively on the Gallery’s permanent collection, such as Sargent to Freud: Modern British Paintings; Drawings in the Beaverbrook Collection (1998); Early Views of British North America (1994); Gainsborough in Canada (1991); Victorian Painting in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (1989); 20th-Century British Drawings in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (1986). His most recent essay (Abstract Painting in South Western New Brunswick) will accompany a new publication for one of the Gallery’s major summer exhibitions. Ian had a great passion for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and once said: “The Beaverbrook Art Gallery and its holdings might be compared with a gemstone which, with careful facing, polishing and mounting, refracts increasing rays of light.”
In 2003, the National Gallery of Canada awarded Ian a Fellowship in European Art for a study of the private and public collecting of twentieth-century British Art in Canada, and in 2010, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association, the highest form of recognition bestowed by the Canadian museum community.
On behalf of the board of governors, staff, and volunteers at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, we extend our deepest sympathies to Kathy and family and friends.