Opening Reception for Fall Exhibitions
In-personDigital & new media History & heritage Museum Music Pottery & ceramics
Date and time
Ukrainian Museum of Canada
910 Spadina Cres E
Directions: Free parking behind the museum!.
Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.
Offered in English.
Wheelchair accessible and is a relaxed performance.
Join us on September 28 at 7 PM for the Fall Exhibitions' Opening Reception—a celebration of art, culture, and community you won't want to miss. Held at our museum, this event promises an evening filled with inspiration and connection.
Admission is free and open to all. While you explore the exhibitions, our cash bar will serve refreshments, creating a relaxed atmosphere perfect for mingling and connecting with fellow enthusiasts.
Our Fall Exhibitions feature a trio of captivating showcases. Here's a glimpse of what you can expect:
"The Songs of Our Ancestors: Ukrainian Settler Heritage on the Prairies"
Step back in time and immerse yourself in the lives of Ukrainian settlers on the Canadian prairies. This exhibition delves into our museum's eclectic collection, offering a diverse range of artifacts that weave the tale of Prairie pioneers. From traditional tools to the ceramics of Peter Rupchan, from Ukrainian Canadian folk art to poignant photographs, the exhibition paints a vivid portrait of history. Enhanced by a soundtrack of Ukrainian and early Ukrainian Canadian folksongs, "The Songs of Our Ancestors" is a vibrant celebration of Ukrainian Canadian heritage on the prairies. It marks the first installment of three shows re-evaluating our collection, which notably features one of North America's largest ethnic textile collections.
"Kosiv Ceramics: Sculpting a Cultural Identity"
Discover the exquisite artistry of the Kosiv ceramic tradition, tracing its origins back to the 18th century among the Hutsul people. Reaching its peak in the mid-19th century, this art form received UNESCO recognition in 2019. In partnership with Musée Ukraina, we proudly present "Kosiv Ceramics: Sculpting a Cultural Identity." Immerse yourself in a vibrant world of green and yellow ceramics that vividly depict Hutsul life, beliefs, and the natural world. The exhibition showcases both traditional Kosiv ceramics and Soviet-era adaptations, with a special highlight on four pieces by the renowned ceramist Pavlina Tsvilyk (1891-1964). We also encourage you to explore a complementary ceramics exhibition hosted by Musée Ukraina at 222 Ave M South, Saskatoon. For more details, visit their website at www.mumsaskatoon.com.
"War Posters from Ukraine"
In a poignant collaboration with the Ukrainian association Pictoric Illustrators Club, "War Posters from Ukraine" brings forth a collection of protest art that emerged as a response to Russia's impactful assault on Ukraine. Established in 2014, Pictoric unites artists, graphic designers, and illustrators, fostering workshops and international presentations to elevate Ukrainian art. This exhibition serves as a testament to the emotions, pain, and aspirations of Ukrainians during the war, igniting a global call for peace and justice. Following the exhibition, the showcased posters will be available for auction, with proceeds dedicated to supporting artists engaged in Ukrainian defense efforts.
The Opening Reception of our Fall Exhibitions invites you to engage with history, art, and social consciousness. We extend a warm welcome to all, inviting you to immerse yourself in these thought-provoking displays and join in the camaraderie of our vibrant community.
- Ukrainian Musuem of Canada - Exhibitions umcnational.ca
Ukrainian Museum of Canada
North America’s first Ukrainian museum, founded by Ukrainian Canadian women.
The Ukrainian Museum of Canada (UMC), in downtown Saskatoon, SK, features three galleries dedicated to celebrating and promoting the arts, culture, and legacy of the Ukrainian Canadian community. We also house archives, a library, community spaces, and a shop carrying a range of authentic Ukrainian giftwares, clothing, and crafts.
The Ukrainian Museum of Canada was established by the Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada in 1936 with the aim of promoting Ukrainian arts, culture, and heritage. The vision of the women who founded the museum was bold, since Ukrainian culture was not well understood or respected by most Canadians at the time. In Soviet Ukraine, following Stalin’s rise to power, Ukrainian culture and language were being violently suppressed.
Today our museum is home to one of the largest ethnic textile collections in North America, including regional folk costumes, kylym (tapstries), and vyshyvka (embroidery). We also house a suite of 12 paintings, the Ukrainian Pioneer Women series, by the well-known artist William Kereluk, along with many works by Ukrainian Canadian folk artists Dmytro Stryek, Ann Harbuz, and others.
The Museum offers a variety of public programs to empower visitors to explore, learn, and have fun. Our programs, workshops, lectures, and special events inspire people from all cultural backgrounds to connect with Ukrainian Canadian culture, art, and history.
Since February 24, 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine, the Ukrainian Museum of Canada has been active in welcoming Ukrainian newcomers and bringing community together to learn about modern Ukraine, its history, politics, and culture, and the ways that Ukrainian stories impact Canadians.