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In the early 1960s, Frederick (Fred) Mendel, the founder of Intercontinental Packers Ltd., a meat processing company in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, approached City of Saskatoon Mayor Sidney L. Buckwold to discuss the building of a civic art gallery. Mendel donated $175,000 to the City of Saskatoon, with additional funding provided by the Province of Saskatchewan. A location for the gallery was chosen at 950 Spadina Crescent East, along the South Saskatchewan River. The Mendel Art Gallery was opened to the public on October 16, 1964. The Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation was incorporated as a non-profit corporation to operate the Mendel Art Gallery on January 31, 1967.
The mandate of the Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation is the exhibition, interpretation and collection of art. Its activities include collecting, displaying, and preserving artwork in Saskatoon, developing permanent and temporary exhibitions, and conducting public and school programs. The Corporation is supported by donations and grants from the City of Saskatoon, The Canada Council and the Governments of Saskatchewan and Canada.
The Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation is currently (2010) governed by a board of directors and an executive consisting of a chairman, past-chair, treasurer, secretary, and three trustees. The Corporation also currently has seventeen paid employees, fifty voting members, and about four hundred honorary, non-voting members.