A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DAL SCHINDELL GALLERY
When the Regent College building opened in 1988, the space occupied by the Dal Schindell Gallery was originally intended as a boardroom and classroom. But the openness of the space didn’t quite work for meetings or classes. And so the purpose for the area remained for a time, until its potential as a space for art began to take shape.
Things started happening organically in the space: some walls were built to provide a studio for a fine arts professor on sabbatical, who painted on site and showed his work on the walls. Student Lindsey Farrell came to Regent from Australia on a government grant that stipulated a public exhibition of the work he did while at Regent. Well respected Vancouver artist John Koerner, with strong family ties to UBC, held an exhibition of his work in the space.
These shows indicated great promise for the space to become a formal art gallery that showcased first-rate artwork and brought together a virbant mix of people. Individuals such as Laurel Gasque worked very hard to promote the value of the new gallery, which officially opened in 1990 under the direction of Dal Schindell. Sculptor David Robinson held a very successful show here, and news of the Lookout Gallery, as it was originally called, spread throughout the city as David also began to exhibit elsewhere.
Over the past twenty-five years, the Lookout Gallery has thrived as a place where work by students, as well local and international artists, has been shown without the demands of the commercial gallery scene. This freedom has allowed emerging artists to have a place to exhibit their work. The College's commitment to allow the gallery to be a place of development and challenge has been key to its mandate.
In April 2019, the Lookout Gallery became the Dal Schindell Gallery. The unveiling of the new name took place during a special ceremony on April 2, 2019. This ceremony came as a complete surprise to Dal. Led to Regent on a ruse, Dal was greeted by President Jeff Greenman and escorted to the gallery accompanied by his wife, Kit Schindell. There, they were welcomed by dozens of friends and former colleagues including two former Regent Presidents, past and present staff and faculty, friends of the College, and a number of artists who have exhibited in the gallery. After an introduction by Jeff, Dal was instructed to rip the black curtain off the middle wall. Behind the curtain was the new name, along with a charcoal portrait of Dal, done by Vancouver artist Grace Tan. Read the full story here.