The Chair of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, Thomas d’Aquino, announced today the organization’s leadership succession plans concerning the post of Foundation Chief Executive.
Effective September 27, 2019, Karen Colby-Stothart will retire as Foundation Chief Executive following more than six years of exemplary leadership.
“Karen Colby-Stothart’s contributions have been transformative,” said Mr. d’Aquino. “Working closely with the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and the National Gallery’s senior management team, she has played a vital role in attracting major philanthropic gifts to the Foundation and in building the Foundation’s Distinguished Patrons family. In addition, she contributed in an important way to the establishment of the Gallery’s Canadian Photography Institute, a national research and exhibition centre housing one of the most important and comprehensive collections of photographs in the world. Her single-most important achievement has been her successful building of the Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment, and the shepherding of the Gallery’s restoration of the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, a source of Canadian pride and a place where Canadian artists can demonstrate their talents to the world.”
Prior to joining the Gallery Foundation, Ms. Colby-Stothart served for 21 years in senior positions at the National Gallery of Canada.
The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is one of the most successful, not-for-profit registered charities in Canada’s cultural sector. Since it began operations 20 years ago, it has raised $70 million in gifts, facilitated donations of art valued in excess of $61 million, and established more than 25 endowments in support of research, scholarship and acquisitions.
The Gallery Foundation’s Board of Directors is composed of a multidisciplinary team of prominent Canadians from across the country well-versed in the visual arts. The Board also includes many of the Distinguished Patrons of the National Gallery of Canada, a pan-Canadian family of visionary collector-philanthropists dedicated to supporting high impact projects and innovative partnerships.
Ms. Colby-Stothart will be succeeded as Foundation Chief Executive by Ms. Christine Sadler, currently Managing Director and Director of Major Gifts at the Foundation.
“We are delighted at the prospect of working with Christine Sadler,” said Mr. d’Aquino. “A consummate museum professional with invaluable experience at the National Gallery and at the Foundation spanning over 17 years, she has the full confidence of the Board. Her strong credentials in art history and in the museum sector, her work experience in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, and her excellent performance as a member of the Foundation team in attracting major gifts and in cultivating major donors will assist her in continuing to build on the Foundation’s remarkable achievements.”
Ms. Christine Sadler will assume her responsibilities as Foundation Chief Executive on September 27, 2019.
“As Chair of the Gallery’s Board of Trustees, I congratulate Karen Colby-Stothart for her outstanding contributions to the National Gallery of Canada Foundation during her tenure,” said Françoise Lyon, Chair of the Gallery’s Board of Trustees. “I greatly enjoyed working with her and appreciated her dedication to the advancement of the Gallery’s mission. In the meantime, I salute the appointment of Christine Sadler. Able and experienced, she will serve the interests of the Foundation and the National Gallery well. Together with my fellow Trustees and Foundation Board members, I look forward to working with her.”
As the Foundation prepares to embark on its third decade of philanthropic engagement with the National Gallery of Canada, important priorities lie ahead. Among them are stepped-up support for touring the national collection and expanding the Gallery’s national outreach program through partnerships with visual arts institutions across Canada; enhancing the role of the newly-restored Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and ensuring its financial sustainability; support of Gallery exhibitions and scholarship and of art acquisitions for the national collection; support of the Canadian Photography Institute; and helping to enhance the Gallery’s digital capabilities.
“In addition to these priorities,” said Mr. d’Aquino, “we enthusiastically look forward to working with the newly-appointed Director of the National Gallery of Canada, Dr. Sasha Suda who assumes her new post in April.”
About the National Gallery of Canada Foundation
The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to supporting the National Gallery of Canada in fulfilling its mandate. By fostering strong philanthropic partnerships, the Foundation provides the Gallery with the additional financial support required to lead Canada’s visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally. The blend of public support and private philanthropy empowers the Gallery to preserve and interpret Canada’s visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred gifts for special projects and endowments. To learn more about the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, please visit https://www.gallery.ca/membership-giving/ngc-foundation
About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. In 2015, the National Gallery of Canada established the Canadian Photography Institute, a global multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
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For more information, please contact:
National Gallery of Canada Foundation:
Thomas d’Aquino, Chairman