Remembering Jean Irving
Beaverbrook Art GalleryOctober 31, 20190 Comments
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery joins our New Brunswick neighbours and our community in mourning the death of Jean E. Irving.
Mrs. Irving was a generous philanthropist who tirelessly supported numerous initiatives within the province.
The Gallery was proud to work with the Irving family, including her husband, J. K. Irving, in establishing the Jean E. Irving River Gallery, one of the premier galleries that opened in its new pavilion in 2017. The Gallery named for her features 20 foot windows framing a vista of the Saint John River, reclaiming one of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s original design features, and honouring Irving’s deep appreciation for the beauty of nature.
“Jean Irving’s memory will live on in part through this beautiful space and the view it affords us,” says Beaverbrook Art Gallery Director/CEO Tom Smart. “We are honoured to have known her. On behalf of the Gallery’s board and staff, I extend our condolences to her family, her friends, and her colleagues.”
Currently, the Jean E. Irving River Gallery is hosting part of the 2019 Marion McCain Exhibition of Atlantic Art, Materiality and Perception in Contemporary Atlantic Art, curated by Smart.