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Bill Reid, "Killer Whale," 1984, cast bronze with jade patina. Photo: Kenji Nagai.
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Bill Reid, "Mythic Messengers," 1984, bronze frieze, 8.5m X 1.2m X 45.7cm. Photo: Kenji Nagai.
BILL REID WORKS DONATED TO SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
Housed in an elegant building on Vancouver’s Hornby Street, the Bill Reid Foundation looks after more than $10 million in Northwest Coast art, including more than 100 works by its eponymous artist. Recently, the Foundation gave its entire collection, made up of 158 individual works, to Simon Fraser University, which will contract the Foundation to continue to run the Hornby Street public gallery. Best known for his monumental carvings The Spirit of Haida Gwaii and The Raven and the First Men, Reid was one of the master Northwest Coast carvers of the 20th century, and a preserver of Haida cultural traditions and motifs. In addition to the SFU donation, the collection will also benefit from a $1-million operating grant from the Audain Foundation, and the entire arrangement will ensure that the collection remains intact and accessible to the public.