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UBC’s Museum of Anthropology receives Northwest Coast art collection worth $1.1M – News UBC

by ahnationtalk on July 12, 201862 Views

Jul 4, 2018

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC is now home to a diverse new collection of Northwest Coast art, including early works by renowned Haida artist Bill Reid, thanks to a generous gift from late Calgary philanthropist Margaret Perkins Hess.

Hess—known to her friends and loved ones as “Marmie”—was a long-time art collector who especially enjoyed collecting and promoting Northwest Coast art. She died Sept. 2, 2016, at the age of 100. Her estate is donating her significant collection of Northwest Coast metalwork, carved masks, weavings, totem poles and other unique items to MOA.

“Marmie was an early champion of Indigenous art and culture, supporting artists such as Bill Reid early on in his career,” said Dale Boniface, a long-time friend of Hess and co-executor of her estate. “We are delighted to fulfill Marmie’s wishes to see her beloved collection find a home at MOA, where her artworks can be appreciated and celebrated by all museum visitors.”

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