Catherine Elliot Shaw - A Sneak Preview Behind the Lines at McIntosh Gallery

In 2017, along with our country’s sesquicentennial and several important events in Canadian military history, McIntosh Gallery will celebrate its 75th anniversary as the second oldest university art gallery in Canada. Our opening exhibition in 1942 presented thirty paintings commissioned by the federal government during the First World War as a unique record of Canadian achievements and noted personalities. McIntosh Gallery will reunite some of the key artworks, now housed at the Canadian War Museum, the first time they have been exhibited together in 75 years. 

A second, larger exhibition will examine the artists who documented the nationwide home front war efforts of Canadians, from troop training to munitions factories, naval convoys to hangar maintenance. Approximately 75 artworks will be drawn from public and private collections across Canada to tell the stories of ordinary men and women who wielded tools, searched for submarines, worked the land, and guarded prisoners. Through them, we witness unprecedented levels of manufacturing, nationwide travel, and social upheavals such as the changing roles of women entering the workplace and armed forces.

This presentation is a sneak preview of the exhibition scheduled for March 23 to June 25, 2017 at McIntosh Gallery, Western University.


Catherine Elliot Shaw holds two degrees from Western University: an Honours BA in Art History and Criticism for which she won the University Gold Medal; and an MA in Public History.  She is the founding Curator of two museums in the region: the Elgin Military Museum in St.Thomas and the Museum of the Ursuline Religious in Chatham.  She has also worked in curatorial capacities at the St Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre, Gallery/Stratford, and Gallery Lambton (now the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery) in Sarnia.  Catherine has been the Curator of McIntosh Gallery at Western for over 34 years during which she has curated over 350 exhibitions including many which have circulated to galleries across Canada and into the United States. 

She is an honoured recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and a co-holder of a Guinness World Record!