Petition for Don Bonham's Miss 50
We wish to honour the officially designated status of Don Bonham’s sculpture Miss 50 as Canadian Cultural Property, to keep it in Canada as a vital part of the country's visual arts history and heritage, specifically in London, Ontario, where it has a clear and important connection to the community and can be enjoyed in the context of the artist's major contribution to London art and art education. To this end, we are petitioning the McIntosh Gallery to retract its wrongful deaccession of Miss 50 and accept it back into its permanent collection where it rightly belongs.
Attached is a comprehensive letter to the acting director of the McIntosh Gallery and the President and Board of the University of Western Ontario. It provides background information about Miss 50 and a rationale for why the McIntosh Gallery should take responsibility and resume ownership of this important sculpture.