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Chris Otis snaps a photo of an Albert Marquet painting at the Winnipeg Art Gallery during the 100 Masters exhibit. The exhibit set an attendance record for the WAG with more than 60,000 visitors.

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Chris Otis snaps a photo of an Albert Marquet painting at the Winnipeg Art Gallery during the 100 Masters exhibit. The exhibit set an attendance record for the WAG with more than 60,000 visitors. Photo Store

Almost a year has gone by, but honours keep rolling in for Winnipeg Art Gallery’s 100 Masters: Only in Canada exhibition.

Last month, the gallery received the award for outstanding achievement in marketing from the Canadian Museum Association.

In April, its 275-page illustrated publication for the exhibit, written by WAG director and CEO, Stephen Borys, and Andrew Kear, the gallery’s curator of Canadian historical art, received the Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year Award at the Manitoba Book Awards.

100 Masters, which included works by artists such as van Gogh, Matisse, Rembrandt and Colville, also was named runner-up for a Winnipeg Tourism Award of Distinction in Marketing.

"Beyond the record attendance, school outreach, membership growth, huge revenues, and national media attention for 100 Masters, what was most rewarding for me was to see how the public responded to seeing and experiencing the original works of art," Borys said. "In an era filled with reproductions and replicas of all kinds in all places, it is a powerful reminder that people still want to see the real thing — masterworks created by men and women over the ages."

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Updated on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM CDT: corrects month WAG got book award

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