Glenbow Receives $3.5 Million Donation for Glenbow

CALGARY, Alta., Oct. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Glenbow is thrilled to announce that its fundraising campaign, Glenbow reinvented, received a $3.5 million gift from Dave Werklund and Susan-Norman Werklund to support the museum’s ongoing transformation. In recognition of this generous donation, Glenbow will name the museum’s newly renovated second-floor exhibit gallery, the Werklund Exhibit Gallery in their honor.

As passionate supporters of the arts and education, Dave and Susan’s contribution to the Glenbow reinvented The campaign reflects a shared belief in the benefits a revitalized Glenbow will bring to downtown Calgary.

The Glenbow reinvented The campaign transforms Glenbow into a people-centered place that celebrates the vibrancy of Calgary. As part of this transformation, the renovated gallery will span 11,000 square feet and feature traveling exhibitions that explore historical and contemporary art, fashion, design and innovation from around the world.

“Glenbow expresses its gratitude to Dave and Sue by naming the museum’s second floor art gallery honorably,” said Nicholas R. Bell, President and CEO of Glenbow. “This donation is a gift not only to our ongoing fundraising campaign, but also to our community, as it furthers Glenbow’s impact on Calgary’s cultural and economic landscape globally.

“We are honored to have the Feature Gallery named after us,” commented Dave and Susan. “We are thrilled to see the vision for the newly revised Glenbow come to fruition and to be part of the exciting new exhibits that will be part of Calgary’s vibrant arts and culture scene.

With the support of the Werklunds and other major donors, including all levels of government, the Shaw Family Foundation and individual museum donors, Glenbow has raised over $158 million to date. However, to support Glenbow’s facilities, programming, exhibits, activities and events for years to come, Glenbow always welcomes additional community contributions. To find out how you can support the Glenbow reinvented Campaign, please visit

About Glenbow

Founded in 1966 as an independent, not-for-profit museum, archive and gallery, Glenbow nurtures an extraordinary collection of more than 250,000 works of art and historical objects – from Canada and cultures around the world – on behalf of the people of Alberta. Glenbow Reimagined is a project to renovate the nearly 50-year-old museum building and provide a vibrant and thriving cultural resource in the heart of Calgary committed to increasing the accessibility and impact of arts and culture. Glenbow’s main building is closed as it is renovated to become the JR Shaw Center for Arts and Culture. While renovations are underway, visitors can experience exhibits in the museum’s satellite gallery, Glenbow at The Edison.

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