Kate Fischer, Joanne Cuthbertson and Lindsay Fischer. Photo: Ramsey Kunkel.

Glenbow Reimagined Receives $1 Million Gift from the Fischer-Cuthbertson Family

Four art installations to be commissioned through the gift


Glenbow is elated to announce a $1 million gift from the Fischer-Cuthbertson family that will be designated toward commissioning four art installations as part of Glenbow Reimagined. The Fischer-Cuthbertson family will be recognized in connection with the installations when Glenbow reopens at the JR Shaw Centre for Arts & Culture in 2026.

The Fischer-Cuthbertson family’s contribution underscores their dedication to fostering diverse arts experiences and reflects their longtime engagement with Glenbow.

“The Fischer-Cuthbertson family has been a part of Glenbow’s growth and development for several decades,” says Nicholas Bell, Glenbow President & CEO. “We are thrilled that their support will provide an inviting first impression when visitors walk through our doors, creating a sense of inclusion and wonder.”

“Our family wanted to be a part of making people feel that they have been considered—that their comfort, interests and learning are at the heart of the reimagined Glenbow and the creation of Glenbow’s exhibitions,” says Joanne Cuthbertson. “Awe-inspiring works that immediately capture your attention seemed to our family to be in keeping with the kind of welcoming place Glenbow is striving to be for its communities.”

The four art installations supported by the Fischer-Cuthbertson family’s gift will be located throughout the first floor of the building. With these commissions, Glenbow is committed to supporting artists from Treaty 7, across Canada and around the world. Glenbow is very excited that this gift will enable the creation of new works at the museum.

“Glenbow is a public space, and public spaces should have high regard for the public,” says Cuthbertson. “Arriving at Glenbow, you’ll feel like you’ve come to a beautiful and welcoming place that says, ‘you’re important, and we’ve made this space for you.’”

With generous support from the Fischer-Cuthbertson family, three levels of government, the Shaw Family Foundation and museum supporters, Glenbow has raised $173 million to date toward its $205 million goal. The funding the museum continues to seek will enable it to fulfill the Glenbow Reimagined vision.

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