April 3, 2009: Announcement that construction will being on the Art Gallery of Saskatchewan at River Landing. Construction is set to begin this year, contingent on federal support under the Building Canada fund.
March 24, 2006: Carol Skelton, Conservative MP and Western Economic Diversification minister, rejects the Mendel's application for $7.5 million from the $10.5 million allotted to Saskatoon from the Canada Celebrates Saskatchewan program.
Oct. 22, 2005: The Mendel Art Gallery board rejects the idea of moving the gallery to River Landing. "The Mendel enjoys a stand-alone identity and is a recognizable landmark situated on an exceptional waterfront site in Saskatoon," said gallery spokesperson Laura Beard.
Oct. 12, 2005: Eva Mendel Miller, daughter of the gallery's namesake, Fred Mendel, says the move would be a breach of trust to her father. If the gallery was moved, Mendel Miller said she would retract a substantial gift she was planning to bequeath.
September 2005: City council awards the contract to develop the Mendel's design plans and documents and approves spending of nearly $1 million on the project. Due to the support, the gallery begins restoration of original skylights.