$2-million endowment announced for Audain's chief curator position 

Donation from Stephen and Gail Jarislowsky ensures curatorial program

click to enlarge PHOTOS SUBMITTED - Darrin Martens (left), chief curator at the Audain Art Museum, and Stephen Jarislowsky who, along with his wife Gail, established a $2-million endowment to ensure the chief curator program.
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  • Darrin Martens (left), chief curator at the Audain Art Museum, and Stephen Jarislowsky who, along with his wife Gail, established a $2-million endowment to ensure the chief curator program.

A $2-million endowment has been established by Stephen and Gail Jarislowsky to support the chief curator position at Whistler’s Audain Art Museum, it was announced Thursday, June 23.

“The Jarislowskys have done so much to support arts and culture throughout Canada, so it is wonderful that they decided to endow this position which will allow us to pursue excellent curatorial programs at our Museum,” said chairman Michael Audain in a press release. “We are very grateful for this gift which brings the endowment fund over half way to our $25 million goal.”

Darrin Martens’ position at the Audain will now be known as the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chief Curator. Martens has been at the Audain for about a year and previously was director/curator of the Burnaby Art Gallery and the Nisga’a Museum.

The Jarislowskys have endowed numerous university and cultural organization chairs in Canada including: The Stephen A. Jarislowsky Dance Studio in Vancouver; the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University in Montreal; the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Canadian Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal; and The Gail & Stephen A. Jarislowsky Outstanding Artist Program at the Banff Centre in Banff.  Stephen is founder, chairman and CEO of the Montreal-based investment management firm Jarislowsky Fraser Limited and is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec.

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