Art challenges, inspires and enriches our understanding of the world and each other.
An investment in Remai Modern is an investment in our community, supporting a range of diverse initiatives from educational programming to exhibitions to ongoing building enhancements.

Remai Modern family programs
Remai Modern family programs
Turn Out event with BAM artist collective
Turn Out event with BAM artist collective
Philanthropists Ellen Remai and Frederick Mulder
Philanthropists Ellen Remai and Frederick Mulder
Remai Modern School Workshops
Remai Modern School Workshops
Opening event for the exhibition Fifth World, 2015
Opening event for the exhibition Fifth World, 2015
Remai Modern supporters
Remai Modern supporters



How do you make a house a home, bringing warmth, life and connection to community spaces that matter most?


Remai Modern is a central gathering place located in the heart of our vibrant community, where people of all ages can come together to experience art, engage in conversation and learn more about themselves and each other.

We are now in the final stages of our capital campaign to secure funding for a wide range of critical needs that directly affect and enhance everyone’s experience, including museum programs and activities. At this time, funds will be directed to three priority areas:

  • Engagement (exhibitions, outreach and education programs, etc.)
  • Access (free admission, access programs for youth, etc.)
  • Visitor Experience (children’s play equipment, technology, displays, etc.)

Please join us in making this house a home for everyone to enjoy.


Remai Modern is continuously fundraising in order to deliver world-class exhibitions and innovative, community-based programs. Gifts at all levels are welcome. 

Gifts can be made as one-time or ongoing annual donations; planned or testamentary gifts; or sponsorships that can support a wide variety of activities, including exhibitions and community programming. We welcome the support of both private and corporate partners.

We are grateful for the generous support of all our donors and sponsors. 


Giving is easy.

Give by credit card, cheque, or pre-authorized debit (PAD) agreement. Give online, call (306) 975-8060 or email development [at]

Gifts are also gratefully accepted by mail. 

Please make your cheque payable to Remai Modern.

PO Box 569
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3L6

​Charitable Registration Number:
BN 80569 8511 RR0001

Our Donors

Gordon and Jill Rawlinson and Rawlco Radio
TD Bank Group
Janet and Art Postle
Sherry and Brian Kelly and Family
Elaine and Sherwood Sharfe
John and Bernice Williams family
Dr. Ivan Jen and Dr. Suzanne Yip and family
Saskatoon Couples Among Recent Donors
MLT Aikins
Darrell Bell
Kay and Dora Nasser
Grit and Scott McCreath
BMO Financial Group
Frederick Mulder
Dr. Art Knight
Vaughn Wyant and Lori Leach
Wade and Betty-Ann Heggie
McClocklin Family
Greg and Olivia Yuel
Dr. Peter Spafford and Family
Ellen Remai
Ron and Honya Olson

Gordon and Jill Rawlinson and Rawlco Radio

Gordon and Jill Rawlinson and Rawlco Radio support free admission program at Remai Modern

On April 27, 2017, Remai Modern was pleased to announce a major gift of $1 million from Gordon and Jill Rawlinson and Rawlco Radio. The gift provides for the Free Admission Program, which will ensure free access to the entire museum, six days each year for five years. Rawlco Radio will be an active partner with the museum, promoting Remai Modern events—including free admission days—in the community.

In recognition of this generous gift, the third-level public lounge, a 2,260-square-foot cantilevered space overlooking a spectacular riverbank vista, will be named the Gordon and Jill Rawlinson Gallery Lounge.

The donation from Gordon and Jill Rawlinson and Rawlco Radio is the lead gift for Remai Modern’s “Making Our House a Home” appeal. The appeal is raising funds to complete the museum’s community spaces, so they are fully equipped to educate, inspire and involve every visitor.

“The target of providing free admission lies at the heart of the engagement vision for Remai Modern; it’s a milestone for us in terms of our goals for the organization,” said Gregory Burke, Remai Modern Executive Director & CEO.

“On behalf of Remai Modern and the City of Saskatoon, I applaud Gordon and Jill Rawlinson and Rawlco Radio for their vision and generosity. We are very grateful.”

“My brother Doug and I have been in the radio business our entire lives,” said Gordon Rawlinson. “Our father, E.A. (Ed) Rawlinson, taught us the importance of giving back to the communities we serve. We’re proud to own and operate 650 CKOM, C95 and Rock 102 in Saskatoon, as we have for almost 35 years.

“Remai Modern is a fantastic facility, and Jill and I are delighted that our donation is funding the Free Admission Program, which will help make the museum accessible to everyone.”

“The Free Admission Program is extremely important to us,” said Pam Leyland, Rawlco Radio President. “The fact that anyone will be able to visit the entire gallery, six times a year at no charge, makes us happy and proud.”

TD Bank Group

TD Bank Group donation supports free, main-floor programming at Remai Modern

On March 22, 2017, Remai Modern was pleased to announce a major corporate gift of $400,000 from TD Bank Group. The gift supports free programming for five years in the Greg & Olivia Yuel Family Gallery, on the main floor of the museum.  

The announcement was made in Saskatoon by Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair of TD Bank Group and former Premier of New Brunswick.

“TD Bank Group understands that there is a responsibility for corporations the size of ours to support the efforts of leading arts organizations like Remai Modern,” McKenna said. “Remai Modern is a partner that we believe is not only responsive to the needs of its audiences, but a true partner that continually seeks to educate the local community for an appreciation of the visual arts.”

“We are grateful to TD Bank Group for supporting the exciting and innovative main-floor programming we’ll be offering at our new museum,” said Gregory Burke, Remai Modern Executive Director & CEO.

“The TD Connect Program will centre on the 1,992-square-foot Greg & Olivia Yuel Family Gallery. The free programming will include regularly changing exhibitions, dynamic installations, artists’ projects, and performative works that will also animate the atrium. The goal is to connect the museum to the community and build diverse audiences for wider programs.”

Burke said Remai Modern shares with TD the desire to make art experiences inclusive, accessible and meaningful to all. 

Janet and Art Postle

"Remai Modern is more than an art museum. It’s important to the fabric 
of our community. We are grateful for the opportunity to be part of that.”

Growing up in rural Saskatchewan, Janet and Art Postle learned the value of sharing. They’ve carried on the tradition of community involvement as an example for their four children and five grandchildren.

Since retiring—he was CEO of Federated Co-operatives Limited, and she was a teacher—the Postles describe themselves as full-time volunteers.

Art is a director of a local Rotary Club, and takes a turn delivering Meals on Wheels. Janet is board chair of Queen’s House. They are avid supporters of the Meewasin Trail, St. Paul’s Hospital, the Saskatoon Symphony, Persephone Theatre, and most recently Remai Modern.

To acknowledge the Postles’ generous, $100,000 donation to Remai Modern, the main-floor space linking the museum with Persephone Theatre will be named for them.

It’s the perfect tribute. They decided to contribute to Remai Modern when they realized it is a sweet spot, a very special place linking downtown, the river, and their beloved Meewasin Trail.

“The museum has stunning views of Second Avenue, the riverbank and the trail you’d never see otherwise,” says Art. “It will make us appreciate our city in new ways.”

Getting that unique perspective “gives you a real sense of pride in the city,” Janet says.

“Remai Modern is more than an art museum,” she adds. “It’s important to the fabric of our community. We are grateful for the opportunity to be part of that.”

Sherry and Brian Kelly and Family

Thank you Sherry and Brian Kelly and family

Wherever they go, Sherry and Brian Kelly enjoy touring art galleries. “Cities are very proud of their galleries,” says Sherry. “A gallery brings art to the people, and it’s accessible and inclusive — anybody can visit.”

“A community art gallery enhances a city,” Brian says. “Art can transport you to another time and place, and bring out different views on society.”

In addition to assisting sports teams, the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan, the Food Bank and other organizations, Sherry and Brian support Remai Modern. The Kelly family, including son Brent, his wife, Amy, and their sons Liam and Kieran, have generously donated $100,000 to the new museum. To acknowledge this gift, the fourth-floor library will be named for the family.

The library connection delights Sherry, an avid reader who volunteers with the Friends of the Saskatoon Public Library.

Sherry grew up in MacNutt, near Yorkton. Brian’s family farmed in the Regina area. They met at university in Regina. She went on to careers with Saskatchewan’s Credit Unions — for which she set up the first automated tellers in North America — and as an accountant. Brian found his niche with car dealerships. With General Motors, they moved from Regina to Swift Current, Saskatoon, Victoria, and Toronto. After Brent was born, they settled permanently in Saskatoon.

Brian started the city’s Acura dealership, and brought Volkswagen back to Saskatoon. He is now a consultant with Vaughn Wyant Automotive Group.

Brent and Amy are professionals raising their family in Saskatoon.

The Kellys are enthusiastic about Saskatoon’s cultural offerings, including Persephone Theatre, the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, and particularly the exciting new Remai Modern.

“We’ve been well treated by Saskatoon,” Brian says, “and we’re pleased to give a little something back that will help this momentous project succeed.”

Elaine and Sherwood Sharfe

"We’ve always believed that the quality of life in any city
is enhanced by a dynamic blend of culture."

Elaine and Sherwood Sharfe are well known for their leadership and involvement in Saskatoon’s arts and business community. Sherwood Chevrolet has been a thriving enterprise for nearly 50 years. That success has enabled the Sharfes to support a number of community endeavours, including, most recently, a $100,000 donation to Remai Modern.

Their generous gift will be acknowledged by a named space, the staircase linking the museum’s second and third floors. 

“We’ve always believed that the quality of life in any city is enhanced by a dynamic blend of culture that includes the visual and performing arts,” says Elaine Sharfe. “Saskatoon is a leading example of how well that can work. We are pleased to help the city continue to fulfill its potential.

“We’ve often told our friends in Eastern Canada that Saskatoon is the centre of the universe. The addition of Remai Modern confirms that belief.”

John and Bernice Williams family

“Special people like Fred Mendel and Ellen Remai inspire all of us
to give back to our wonderful community.”

As partners, with their children Angela, Tyler and Andrew, in North Prairie Developments Ltd., John and Bernice Williams aren’t merely home builders. They are community builders, too.

Through philanthropy, the Williams family is committed to making the province a vibrant and nurturing place to live.

To acknowledge the family’s generous, $100,000 donation to Remai Modern, the reception desk in the museum’s light-filled atrium will be named for them.

It is a fitting connection. The museum’s architect, Bruce Kuwabara, has described the atrium as “the living room of the city.” In a sense, the Williams family is helping to roll out the welcome mat for visitors in 2017, when Remai Modern opens.

“It’s important for us to give back to the community we’ve been part of for a long time,” says John.

Adds Bernice, “We’re grateful for all the support our business has been given, and this is our opportunity to support the community.”

John acknowledges that it takes many individuals, including visionaries, designers and board members, who work hard to make a project such as Remai Modern come together. Similarly, cities require many diverse venues to attract people and grow.

The Williams family has also been inspired by the vision of Fred Mendel, the entrepreneur who founded the Mendel Art Gallery. “It is nice to see Remai Modern built on that legacy,” John says.

“Special people like Fred Mendel and Ellen Remai inspire all of us to give back to our wonderful community.”

Dr. Ivan Jen and Dr. Suzanne Yip and family

"We like to support the city."

“We belong in Saskatoon, and we like to support the city,” says Dr. Ivan Jen. “We do what we can to give back.” 

Jen, his wife, Dr. Suzanne Yip, and their children, Saskatoon dentist Dr. Stephen Jen, and Leslie Jen, a Toronto-based marketing director, communication consultant and design journalist, have donated a total of $250,000 to Remai Modern. In recognition of this significant gift, one of the permanent collection galleries on the second floor is named Dr. Ivan Jen and Dr. Suzanne Yip Family Gallery.

“We loved the Mendel Art Gallery,” says Suzanne. “Leslie took art classes there when she was little, and it was important to her. She studied art before getting a law degree and then becoming an architect FRAIC. We understand why people were nostalgic about the place, but it was time to aim higher.”

Adds Ivan, “We have been happy to play a small part, joining other generous donors in helping to build Remai Modern. It will be an exciting, dynamic, beautiful and magnificent art museum for Saskatoon, and Saskatchewan.”

As devotees of modernist art and architecture, they are excited by the stacked, horizontal volumes of the new building, designed by KPMB Architects, in association with Architecture49. They have eagerly watched the structure taking shape at River Landing.

The couple has forged a deep bond with this community. Born in Hong Kong, Ivan and Suzanne immigrated to Saskatoon with their respective mothers in the early 1950s. They were joining their respective fathers, who came to Canada in the early 1900s, and were not permitted to bring their spouses and children due to the Chinese Exclusion Act (1923-1947).

Ivan and Suzanne met at the University of Saskatchewan, where both pursued medical studies. He became a general practitioner, and later a dermatologist; she became a radiologist. As young physicians building their careers and raising their family, they demonstrated their passion for art and design by supporting the community’s established and emerging artists. Among their first purchases, in the early 1960s, were works by William Perehudoff, Wynona Mulcaster, and Henry Bonli, and Douglas Bentham. They have continued to build their collection of Saskatchewan art.

In addition to the moral and financial assistance for artists and for the community’s new museum, Ivan and Suzanne have supported many other community initiatives, including Saskatoon’s three hospitals; the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan; their alma mater, the University of Saskatchewan; and the Cameco Riverfront Campaign to construct the plaza at River Landing.


Supports Remai Modern with $600,000 sponsorship

On October 31, 2012, the capital campaign announced a SaskTel sponsorship of $600,000.

"SaskTel supports many non-profit and charitable institutions through its Community Investment Program," said MLA Paul Merriman, on behalf of Don McMorris, Minister responsible for SaskTel.

"Remai Modern, with all its amenities, will have a huge impact on the arts, tourism, education, and quality of life. The benefits will extend to Saskatoon and the entire province."

In recognition of this generous sponsorship, the lecture theatre on the second floor of the new museum will be named the SaskTel Theatre. These naming rights will be in effect from the opening of the new museum, in 2017, until 2027.

"We very much appreciate the SaskTel sponsorship," said Doug Hodson, Chair of the 2012 capital campaign. "It was this initiative, along with several other donations this fall, that helped us meet our initial fundraising milestone of $20 million."

Saskatoon Couples Among Recent Donors

"We can hardly wait to visit Remai Modern and see all it has to offer."

The 2012 capital campaign gratefully acknowledges two recent donations that helped achieve the initial $20-million fundraising milestone.

Colin Macdonald and Theresa Skwara, who contributed $70,000 to the campaign, have long been passionate supporters of the arts in Saskatoon. For them, donating to the new museum is an investment in the future. 

"We are aware that the visual arts in our region operate at a national level of quality and impact," said Colin Macdonald. "Contributing to this museum is a wonderful way to help build a civic art facility that reflects the high standards already set by our artists."

John and Bernice Williams donated $50,000 to the new museum. The well-known entrepreneurs are generous in promoting projects that enhance the quality of life in Saskatoon, and have since donated an additional $50,000, for a total gift of $100,000. 

"Playing a role in building this beautiful new facility is very fulfilling," said John Williams. "We can hardly wait to visit Remai Modern and see all it has to offer."

"We highly value the support and leadership of these two couples," said Doug Hodson, chair of the capital campaign. "They exemplify the grassroots support that has taken this initiative from a dream, to a blueprint ... to what will be a fabulous new museum at River Landing."

MLT Aikins

“This is our community. We want to support it.”

From their offices on the top floors of Saskatoon Square, the Saskatoon partners of MLT Aikins command a panoramic view of Saskatoon.

“We live and work here,” says Dan Anderson, one of the Saskatoon partners, “This is our community, and we’re proud of it.”

The partners of MLT Aikins are leaders in the community, contributing both time and money to support local organizations and charities.

“We have a culture of supporting our community,” says Doug Hodson, another of the firm’s Saskatoon partners and the Campaign Chair for Remai Modern. “Our partners volunteer and provide financial support to many important causes in the province.”

Remai Modern captured their imagination – so much so that every Saskatoon partner personally contributed to the $250,000 campaign donation.

“This was something we all wanted to support,” Dan says. “Remai Modern will be a spectacular addition to the city. The riverside location and the design are truly inspiring.”

“The museum will be a community centre where people—young and old, rural and urban, visitors and residents—will gather,” Doug says. “Saskatoon is a vibrant city that is experiencing unprecedented growth, and the museum will play a key role in Saskatoon's future development."

“Remai Modern will be one of the finest art museum's in Canada, and the partners of MLT are proud to provide their support," Doug emphasizes.

Darrell Bell

“Supporting Remai Modern is perfect for me.
I’ll never get to do anything like this again, that is so connected to my life.”

Darrell Bell supports Remai Modern for so many reasons. First, he is a proud Prairie artist, born in Wynyard and educated at the University of Saskatchewan. He has been exhibiting his evocative landscape paintings since the early 1980s.

While a student, Bell was a museum trainee at the Mendel Art Gallery. “I’ve seen first-hand the limitations of the current gallery, and I’m astonished it functions as well as it does,” he says. “Visitors don’t realize how many people work there, and what they do.”

"Public museums can challenge, delight, and inspire, Bell says. “They are visual libraries, full of ideas and learning opportunities.”

Bell’s commercial enterprise, the Darrell Bell Gallery, showcases his work and that of some 30 other artists and craftspeople. He knows that a rising tide lifts all boats; that River Landing, anchored by Remai Modern, will benefit artists, business people, and everyone else in the community.

Soon after his recent appointment to the Museum’s Board of Trustees, Bell donated $100,000 to help build Remai Modern. His gift will support the Board’s initiative to name the new facility’s boardroom after the late Dr. Art Knight, a previous President & Chair.

“I decided I needed to make this happen,” Bell says. “Supporting Remai Modern is perfect for me. I’ll never get to do anything like this again, that is so connected to my life.”

Kay and Dora Nasser

“Saskatoon is our community. We’ll do anything we can
to keep our community in the top echelon.”

Organizations and institutions in Saskatoon know they can count on Kay and Dora Nasser and their family for support. The Nasser family has stepped forward once again with a $150,000 contribution to Remai Modern’s capital campaign.

“Saskatoon is our community,” says Kay. “It’s one of the best in Canada and the world. We’ll do anything we can to keep our community in the top echelon. We donate to everything we can—education, health, the arts—because Saskatoon needs all these organizations to be one of the best.”

Supporting local artists is particularly important to the Nasser family. They sponsor students who want to become artists, and attend exhibitions and purchase and display art in their home. “We have quite a collection,” Kay says. “It’s almost a gallery.”

The Nassers are very pleased with the plans for Remai Modern. “It’s a nice design, and it’s right on the river,” Kay says. “It will attract all kinds of exhibitions to the city.

“We hope that our donation will encourage others. It would be wonderful if they would contribute; the museum is for all of us here in the city.”

During the three-year construction period, the Nasser family provided Remai Modern with free parking and construction staging on the family’s Parcel Y land, next door to the museum at River Landing. Remai Modern is very grateful for this provision: its estimated financial value is more than $2 million.

Grit and Scott McCreath

Creating legacy through the privilege of giving

Grit and Scott McCreath are Calgary residents who were long-time supporters of the Mendel Art Gallery. They also wanted to contribute to the building of Remai Modern. In 2011, they donated just over $108,000 to Remai Modern. Recently, Grit and Scott decided to increase their investment to $250,000.

To recognize their generous support, one of the five permanent collection galleries on the second floor of Remai Modern will be named the Grit and Scott McCreath Gallery.

“Saskatoon is a very special place to us,” said Grit. “We’re very excited about Remai Modern opening in 2017, and are looking forward to making many trips to visit a city that means a lot of us, and a museum we will take much pride in.”

“This investment is very much a continuation of our first donation,” said Scott. “As we heard more and more about the plans for Remai Modern — the exhibitions, the programs and the impact it will have — we wanted to do more.”

Thank you Scott and Grit! We look forward to showing you the gallery named in your honour when Remai Modern opens in 2017!


Scotiabank donation supports weekend family programming at Remai Modern

On April 26, 2015, Remai Modern was pleased to announce a $100,000 donation from Scotiabank, in support of weekend family programming at the museum. The donation will maintain Something on Sundays, a free, family-focused art program to be offered Sunday afternoons.

Scotiabank’s donation will come into effect upon the opening of Remai Modern, in 2017, and will help the program over the succeeding five years.

“Scotiabank is proud to be supporting Remai Modern and its Something on Sundays art program,” said Rodney Wendt, Scotiabank Vice President of the Saskatchewan and Manitoba North District. “We believe in the importance of experiencing art first-hand, and we look forward to everyone in our community being able to take part in this free program when the museum opens its doors next year.”

The program will be called Scotiabank Something on Sundays.

“We are delighted with this gift, and are very grateful to Scotiabank for its vision and generosity,” said Gregory Burke, Executive Director & CEO, Remai Modern. In 2014, its last full year of operations, the Mendel Art Gallery attracted 3,600 participants to 70 free Sunday programs.

“Something on Sundays is a vital way of engaging the broader community in museum programming,” he said. “Assurance that we can continue this inclusive, intergenerational programming at Remai Modern is something to celebrate.”

BMO Financial Group

BMO Financial Group supports exhibition space at Remai Modern

On October 8, 2015, Remai Modern was pleased to announce a major corporate donation of $650,000 from BMO Financial Group. In recognition of this generous gift, one of the three large “marquee” gallery spaces on the museum’s third floor will be named the BMO Gallery for the life of the building.

The announcement was made in Saskatoon by Ken Fetherstonhaugh,  Regional Vice-President & Managing Director, Prairies, for BMO Private Banking. “BMO is deeply committed to the arts and culture in Canada, and we are proud to support the development of Remai Modern,” he said.

“We look forward to celebrating and welcoming residents and visitors to share in one of the most visionary new art museums in North America.”

“We are very grateful for this support from BMO, as we fulfill the ambitious vision for our beautiful new art museum in Saskatoon,” said Alain Gaucher, Remai Modern Board Chair.

“BMO is known for contributing to the quality of life in the communities it serves, and with its exciting exhibitions, programs and events, Remai Modern will reflect, stimulate and engage with the arts and culture in Saskatoon and beyond. This gift is truly a perfect match.”

“The BMO Gallery will be one of the premier spaces in Remai Modern,” said Gregory Burke, Remai Modern Executive Director & CEO. “At more than 2,000 square feet, this is one of the larger galleries of the 11 in the building, and it will showcase touring exhibitions of national and international significance.

“We anticipate the BMO Gallery will present three major exhibitions a year, and more than 150,000 people, including families and school tours, will visit them in the first year alone,” Burke said.


RBC Foundation donates to emerging artists program.

On September 27, 2013, RBC Foundation announced a $250,000 donation for Remai Modern, and its Artists by Artists mentorship program. In recognition, the program will be named RBC Artists by Artists for 10 years.

“We are delighted with this support from RBC Foundation,” said Jason Aebig, then the museum's Board Chair. “Since Artists by Artists began in 2001, the program has partnered senior artists and arts professionals with emerging artists. Each mentorship term culminates with an exhibition at the museum. This is a very significant means of sharing ideas and expertise, and nurturing the careers of newly independent artists.

“It is gratifying that RBC shares this goal, and the financial assistance will help us build the new art gallery,” Aebig said. “RBC supports arts and culture because we believe in the power of the arts to enrich our lives and enhance our communities,” said Doug Matheson, Manager, RBC Dominion Securities.

“We at RBC are so proud to support Remai Modern, and happy that we could help play a part in making the future of the arts in Saskatoon that much brighter.”

“Over the past 12 years, this mentorship program has connected the gallery with 116 artists, who produced 54 exhibitions,” said Troy Gronsdahl, the gallery’s Public Programs Assistant and coordinator of Artists by Artists. “The program fosters relationships between established artists and those in the earlier stages of their careers. It provides the impetus to get organized, create new work, and mount an exhibition. It’s great professional development.”

Artists by Artists “provides a unique opportunity for the emerging artist to exhibit in a major gallery, and for the senior artist to curate a show,” said Iris Hauser, a recent mentor. “Beyond that, it gives everyone a chance to see new works and appreciate new artists as they develop.” “As a recent University of Saskatchewan graduate, I felt welcomed into the Saskatoon art community through Artists by Artists,” said Joseph Anderson, another participant in the program. “I was honoured to exhibit my work. The relationships I established with my mentor and gallery staff led directly to other exhibitions and opportunities.”

Frederick Mulder

Frederick Mulder gives back, with wonder and delight

(Highlights of Frederick Mulder’s remarks at the September 17, 2014 announcement of his gift of 23 Picasso ceramics to Remai Modern.)

When I sold my great Picasso linocut collection two years ago to the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation, and the Foundation gave it to you, I thought, “I’m from Saskatchewan; I ought to do something for the gallery, too.”

This gesture sprang from my continuing sense of wonder that I had been a Prairie boy, growing up in the 1940s and ‘50s in tiny Eston, SK, 35 miles from a paved road. When I came to the University of Saskatchewan in the 1960s to do my first degree, there was no museum in Saskatoon. Yet I ended up in London, England, working with the families of the craftsmen who helped Picasso make his linocuts, etchings, and lithographs. And I managed to put together from these friendships the most extensive collection of Picasso linocuts in the world.

From this sense of wonder and delight, I wanted to make my own contribution, complementing the Picasso linocut collection Ellen Remai bought with such vision. I decided on a group of Picasso ceramics. Picasso loved doing ceramics, and he made them roughly at the same time as the linocuts, in the same village, devoted to many of the same themes, and democratic impulses. Picasso saw his editioned ceramics as a way for ordinary people to have a Picasso to eat or drink from — though few ever have! I realized the ceramics would also be a bridge between the linocuts and a tradition of art ceramics in Saskatchewan.

I am so pleased my linocut collection came here through the vision of Ellen Remai, and I feel privileged to be able to make my own small contribution to build on her gift. I believe Saskatoon may now have the largest public collection of Picasso linocuts in Canada, as well as the world’s largest collection of Picasso linocuts.

About Frederick Mulder

Mulder is an expert in 19th- and 20th-century European printmaking, including the work of Picasso. Director of the Frederick Mulder Foundation, he founded The Funding Network, a UK-based organization for social change. Winner of the Judges’ Special Beacon Fellowship Prize in 2004, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen in 2012.

Dr. Art Knight

A vision for a world-class art museum

Dr. Art Knight was Chair of the Mendel Art Gallery Board of Trustees for four intense, productive years. When Art learned that the City of Saskatoon was seeking a destination attraction at River Landing, he asked the Board to seize this opportunity to build an outstanding new museum for the city and the province.

“Art spoke eloquently for Remai Modern, promoting the concept with the public, the City and potential donors,” says John Hampton, who served as Vice Chair alongside Art.

Knight gave generously of his time, skills and commitment, and his sudden death in November 2011 was a major shock to the Board. Reflecting a close partnership with Art’s wife, Ineke, and with contributions from every trustee, the new building’s boardroom will be named the Dr. Art Knight Boardroom.

“Having witnessed Art’s dedication, and his vision for a world-class art museum, I want to help make his dream come true,” says Ineke Knight. “I very much appreciate the trustees’ decision to name the boardroom after Art.”

"Although Art will not be with us when Remai Modern opens, he will be remembered as we share in the pride and excitement that this new museum will bring to every corner of our community,” says Jason Aebig, Board Chair 2013-2014.


“The Museum will indeed become a gathering place.”

Cameco, one of Saskatoon's leading corporate citizens, believes in investing in its community and in creating opportunities for young people. The company has donated $1 million to support the Learning Studio and Children's Play area in Remai Modern.

The Cameco Learning Studio will bring together people of all ages and from all neighbourhoods, to explore and create. Laura Kinzel, the Museum's Public Programs Coordinator, says she can already picture the space being used by a group of toddlers and their parents, building sculptures out of found objects; by delegates from a medical convention who want to improve their observation skills by drawing portraits; and by teenagers learning how to use digital media.

"We are very excited about the generosity of Cameco, and the possibilities for the new Learning Studio," Kinzel says.

The Cameco Children's Play Area on the second floor of the muesum will have art-related games and toys. It will be a place where families with young children can take a break or burn off some energy.

"The muesum will indeed become a gathering place," says Tim Gitzel, Cameco's President and CEO. "Remai Modern will change the landscape of our art community," Gitzel says. "Located at the heart of our city, and three times the size of the old gallery, it will be a place where art is made as well as seen."

Vaughn Wyant and Lori Leach

“This is a legacy opportunity for me, for my family, and for my employees”

Community building and business success are two sides of the same coin for Saskatoon entrepreneur Vaughn Wyant and his partner, Lori Leach. 

“There are many worthwhile fundraising efforts, and we support the majority of them,” says Vaughn, president of Vaughn Wyant Automotive Group. “But helping to build Remai Modern is a legacy opportunity for me, for my family, and for my employees.”

“The term ‘legacy’ is an important one for us,” Lori says. “My mother and grandmother were both artists, and Vaughn’s father [Gordon M. Wyant, a founder of the anesthesiology department at Royal University Hospital and an Officer of the Order of Canada] was a great lover of the arts.”

Vaughn says Lori, a lover of art and designer with her own company, Kinetic Design, has helped him and his family to understand the significant impact of the arts.

“Remai Modern is a very important cultural facility, and I totally agree with where it’s being built, at River Landing,” he says. “I see it as a great learning and meeting place for young people. The project is a way for us to make a significant contribution, to lend our name in perpetuity. I’m not just the guy who sells the cars.”

On behalf of his family—which includes, he emphasizes, more than 300 employees at his 12 dealerships—Vaughn donated $1 million to Remai Modern capital campaign. In recognition of this outstanding contribution, the café and adjoining terrace at the new facility will be named to honour this gift. 

Remai Modern is “the right project at the right time,” Vaughn says. “If we’re growing up as a city, we need a world-class art museum.”

Adds Lori, “People are coming here from across Canada and around the world. The amenities of our city and province are now better matching their needs and expectations …and Remai Modern is a great part of that.”

In this resource-rich province, most businesses are thriving, Vaughn says. “I anticipate there will be a lot more people moving here in the next 20 years, so we’re going to be successful in our little enterprise. Why not give some back to the community?”

Wade and Betty-Ann Heggie

“Having a signature building is a symbol that the city has arrived.”

For Wade and Betty-Ann Heggie, philanthropy is a reflection of personal values. Says Betty-Ann, “The museum has always been high on our list.”

As Mendel Art Gallery Board Chair, Wade led fundraising efforts to expand the gallery. Having donated $10,000 in 2006, the couple contributed $100,000 in 2007 “to inspire others,” Wade said. Although the expansion didn’t go ahead, they are now delighted to have their contribution help build Remai Modern.

“The fact that Saskatoon has a vision, and can go ahead with this new art muesum—it’s fantastic!”

The Heggies, who have two daughters, are deeply invested in the community. Wade, whose father was a city councillor, grew up here. He is now a retired financial and insurance planner.

Betty-Ann came to Saskatoon to attend the University of Saskatchewan. A former PotashCorp senior vice-president, she founded the Womentorship program, Edwards School of Business.

Avid travellers, the Heggies have planned trips around signature buildings, such as Spain’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

“Having a signature building is a symbol that our city has arrived,” Betty-Ann says. "Remai Modern sends a signal. Through art and architecture, you’re telling people that how you live and what you surround yourself with is important.”

McClocklin Family

“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a Saskatoon landmark.”

The McClocklin family have lived in Saskatoon since the early 1900s, sharing with the community through all its ups and downs. As Saskatoon enters a fresh period of growth, Tom and Diane McClocklin, with their family, are continuing to support the community through their generous contribution of $1 million dollars to Remai Modern's capital campaign.

“We have a longstanding relationship with this city that has lasted more than four generations. In 2010, our company celebrated 100 years of doing business in Saskatoon,” Tom McClocklin says.

“Today, people are moving to Saskatoon from around the globe. We’re becoming a metropolitan centre, and this will be a world-class art museum.”

“All large cities have important public spaces,” Tom says. “We believe that Remai Modern will be a real focal point for the community, and we’re pleased to be able to offer our support. The Mendel Art Gallery has served us well, but now it’s time to nurture our vision of a multi-use museum that will inspire renewed artistic and cultural literacy.”

The McClocklins are particularly pleased that the museum is designed to offer a friendly, relaxed Prairie welcome to people from all walks of life, from high school and university students to families and business people. “The fireplace setting in the atrium is very appealing,” Tom says.

In recognition of their generous donation, the atrium will be named the McClocklin Family Atrium.

“Saskatoon is famous for its people who give generously of their time and money,” Tom says. “We really hope that other Saskatoon families will recognize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a world-class art museum. It’s wonderful when major corporations offer their support, but we encourage individuals and families to do so as well. Let’s all be involved in building a Saskatoon landmark for future generations.”

Greg and Olivia Yuel


When Saskatoon born-and-raised couple Greg and Olivia Yuel learned of the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan project, they were inspired to help. As a family who embraces creativity, investing in Saskatoon’s capacity to share in the experience of art and culture was a perfect fit.

“Art has played a big role in our family,” said Olivia. “And our gift is about making something good, even better. We are excited to help create an art gallery that will be a vibrant, educational, fun place for our children – and our children’s children.”

The Yuel’s $500,000 gift to the capital campaign will not only help build the Greg and Olivia Yuel Family Gallery, but will provide long-term funding for public programming.

“This campaign is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create something that will shape our community,” added Greg. “We believe the Remai has the potential to transform our city, attracting attention and exhibitions from around the world and making Saskatoon an even better place for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Thank you Greg and Olivia, for generously supporting our vision.

Dr. Peter Spafford and Family

“My father was very interested in the arts and culture.”

To acknowledge Dr. Peter Spafford’s generous gift of $250,000 to Remai Modern, a second-floor gallery in the museum is being named in memory of his father, Duff Spafford.

“Contributing to Remai Modern and having the Duff Spafford Gallery named for my father celebrates him and his interests,” says Dr. Spafford. “My father was very interested in the arts and culture. Everything associated with Remai Modern would make him very happy.”

Duff Spafford (1936-2014) grew up in Weyburn, SK, and through his life developed a deep respect for the province and its rural communities. He and his wife, Shirley, met while both were reporters for the Prince Albert Daily Herald. For more than 40 years, he was a well-known professor at the University of Saskatchewan, making notable contributions to political studies and research on elections. He had a strong intellect but was known for his friendliness, sense of humour and sage judgment.

Duff was extremely proud of his province and his university, and truly embodied what it was to be a Saskatchewanian. He was full of ideas and enthusiasms, and could always provide a joke, a fun fact or a story about any topic that may interest you — including sports, hockey, birds, or gardening. He read about any topic from science to pop culture, and collected antiques and art with a keen interest in the stories that these things told.

Duff Spafford’s strong, principled and pragmatic character embodies the Saskatchewan spirit, and his family is proud to celebrate his life.

Dr. Peter Spafford and his sister, Sarah Spafford-Ricci, have fond memories of attending children’s art classes at the former Mendel Art Gallery — predecessor to Remai Modern. Now a conservator of fine art, Spafford-Ricci says her father was “really connected to art and appreciative of the work I do. He was fascinated with the history of objects, what they say about the maker and the community.”

Remai Modern embodies the spirit of a growing city, and offers exceptional opportunities to experience art and culture right here at home, Dr. Spafford says. “It’s exciting to be able to introduce people to the arts on a big and ambitious scale.”

Ellen Remai

A passion for Saskatoon and the arts

Saskatoon entrepreneur and philanthropist Ellen Remai is Remai Modern’s lead patron. We are extremely grateful for her vision and her legendary generosity.

In 2011, while Remai Modern was in its planning stages and the sod for the project at River Landing had not yet been turned, Ellen Remai announced a donation of $31 million to the new museum, on behalf of the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation. The gift provided $16 million toward construction and $15 million ($500,000 a year for 30 years) to support international exhibition programs.

To recognize this amazing gift —unprecedented in Saskatchewan, and one of the largest private donations to the arts in Canadian history—Saskatoon City Council voted unanimously to name the museum for Ellen Remai.

In 2012, the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation donated 405 linocuts by Pablo Picasso to Remai Modern. This is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world, and the donation prompted surprised and admiring headlines around the world. Ellen Remai’s explanation was simple and sincere. “A great city deserves great art,” she said.

Ron and Honya Olson

“Saskatoon has been very good to us, and we are happy to give back.”

Ron and Honya Olson have been helping to build Saskatoon—literally and figuratively—for decades. Now they are helping to build Remai Modern as well, with their generous donation of $50,000.

The Olsons are part of the Boychuk Construction team started by Honya’s father, Mike, in 1945. They met when Ron joined the family business in 1979, and married in 1982. Ron is now the company’s General Manager, and they reflect proudly on more than 9,000 units built by Boychuk in Saskatoon.

The Olsons have four children and five grandchildren. They want Saskatoon to be a vibrant city for their family and for other families, as well.  In addition to Remai Modern, they are also supporters of Children’s Wish Foundation and Ronald McDonald House.

“From both a family and a company standpoint, we believe in Remai Modern and what it means to Saskatoon,” says Honya a retired teacher and principal. “The arts play an important role in a community, and this museum is for everyone, young and old.”

“We’re so pleased to be involved in supporting Remai Modern,” says Ron. “Saskatoon has been very good to us, and we are happy to give back.”

Their donation was motivated by the generosity of Ellen Remai, the museum’s lead patron, Honya emphasizes.  “She’s an amazing individual, and her vision inspired us to give, too.”

“Remai Modern will enrich our lives with creativity, beauty and learning opportunities, and will continue to make the city a great place to live, work and invest in.”
—Ellen Remai



Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Remai Modern. With so much support from our community, we are unable to accept any new applications at this time. We thank you very much for your interest and we hope that you stay connected to Remai Modern by joining us online where we will be periodically listing our new volunteer opportunities.

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Volunteering at Remai Modern
Remai Modern recognizes the important role that volunteers play at our museum. We have a talented and diverse group of people that work together as a team to make Remai Modern a success. They share their skills, talents, knowledge, their love of the arts and most importantly their time.

Why Volunteer?
Volunteering at Remai Modern is a great way to get involved in your community and explore the art world!

  • As a volunteer with Remai Modern you will be provided access to innovative, renowned and thought provoking art from around the world.
  • You will gain valuable experience in the arts and tourism sector.
  • You are welcome attend our annual Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition events that rewards and recognizes the dedication of all of our volunteers.
  • You will be a part of an exciting and passionate team of volunteers that are committed to bringing the arts to Saskatoon!

Volunteer Roles

We know that volunteers’ time is valuable and we want to ensure you have the best experience possible. Therefore we have a variety of roles that can be tailored to best suit your strengths and special interests! Volunteer opportunities will be posted here when available.

How to Become a Volunteer

Remai Modern thanks you for your interest in volunteering. Due to the overwhelming support of the community, only applicants that meet our requirements will be considered. Please note that all volunteers are required to submit a current Criminal Record Check, must be a minimum age of 16 and able to commit to 60 hours of volunteer service annually.


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Transitional Membership Program:
A special one-time, reduced membership rate was established for the period beginning June 7, 2015 through the launch of Remai Modern’s new membership program. The sale of transitional memberships has now closed. Contact (306) 975-8060 or email development [at] for transitional membership support.

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