Whistler’s Permanent Art Collections & Ongoing Exhibitions
Whistler is full of great museums and art galleries to spend your day perusing. From the Audain Art Museum to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, there are tons of places to embrace the art and culture of Whistler.
Permanent Art Collections in Whistler
Whistler is home to a number of museums and galleries, each with their own permanent collection to explore. You can learn about the culture of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations, view priceless Emily Carr paintings, and find out the history of Whistler’s pioneers.
Audain Art Museum
With almost 200 pieces in their collection, the Audain Art Museum is a visual journey through the history of art in coastal British Columbia. Housing artworks from the 18th century to the present day, the Collection contains work from important post-war modernists such as; E.J. Hughes, Gordon Smith, and Jack Shadbolt. The Audian is also home to one of the world’s finest collections of Northwest Coast First Nations masks and the largest collection Emily Carr originals from all periods of her career.
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is Whistler’s showcase of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations. Made to showcase the art, history, and culture of the indigenous people. You can find an abundance of cultural knowledge here, which is meant to inspire understanding and respect amongst all people.
The Whistler Museum houses a collection of notable objects and records focusing on the pioneer era, natural history, and the history of the resort and its Olympic story. The museum remains your one-stop-shop to learn all about how Whistler became what it is today.
Don’t forget to check out all the current exhibitions happening as well!
After the Blast: The Art of Levi Nelson
Right now, you can check out, local artists, Levi Nelson’s first solo showcase at the Maury Young Arts Centre. Titled “After The Blast”, the exhibition is open daily until December 29, 2019.
Levi was voted ‘Best of Pemberton Favorite First Nations Artist’ in 2017 and 2018.
The exhibition guides visitors on a journey through the metaphorical world of what happened to the aboriginal people of this country after the first contact; surviving near genocide, indifference, and at last assimilation.
Learn more about “After the Blast” by reading the Artist Conversation with Levi Nelson!
You can find more art exhibitions currently running, and upcoming, in Whistler by checking out the Arts Whistler Event Calendar.
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019