WAC Bids Farewell to Tricia Wasney, Public Art Manager

After over fifteen years of tireless work for artists and public art in Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Manager of Public Art is leaving to work independently, including spending more time on her own art practice.

In 2002, Tricia Wasney was hired by the Winnipeg Arts Council to develop the City of Winnipeg’s first public art policy. She was appointed Manager of Public Art when the policy was unanimously approved by City Council in 2004. Since then she has overseen a steadily growing and diverse public art program that includes art commissions, artist residencies and community-based projects. The program emphasizes conceptual rigor and artistic integrity and has become a model for cities across North America. Under her watchful eye, sixty new public artworks have been created across Winnipeg in a range of media. She also developed WITH ART, an innovative community-building program that matches artists with communities to collaborate on public art projects. Artists and community groups have described this program as transformative. Tricia is one of Canada’s leading resources on public art and has been a speaker and advisor for other public art programs all over the country.

“Tricia has been a valued and indispensable colleague. Tricia is passionate about artists and is fiercely protective of them and their vision. We will miss her and her artistic integrity, but are happy that she is taking time to further develop her own artistic practice. She is an artist herself and also a curator, a writer, an excellent manager and an extraordinary human being. ”

  • Carol A. Phillips, Executive Director of the Winnipeg Arts Council

We are not the only ones who think she is extraordinary: in October 2016, the Creative City Network of Canada recognized the Winnipeg Arts Council with their inaugural Award of Excellence in Public Art. This honour recognizes demonstrated visionary leadership of an excellent program and process.

“Over the years, Tricia’s professional and personal talents have earned the trust of city planners, politicians and builders, who have now even begun to include public art in the early planning stages of major city projects. Tricia leaves at a time when public art is healthy and flourishing. Thank you, Tricia!”

  • Louise Duguay, Chair of the Winnipeg Arts Council Public Art Committee

We look forward to opportunities to collaborate with Tricia in the future and wish her the best in all her creative pursuits.