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Archive for 2012

AGA Board of Directors welcomes a new member

Edmonton, AB (December 3/12) – Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) Board Chair, Barry Zalmanowitz, Q.C. announced today the appointment of David Bryan to the AGA Board of Directors.

David Bryan is the Office Managing Partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Canada Edmonton office and has over 15 years experience advising and assisting organizations of all sizes, helping them improve their performance and implement corporate strategies. He also has extensive experience in the area of problem loan recovery, corporate reorganization, as well as financial due diligence and merger integration. David received his degree from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and a Chartered Insolvency & Restructuring Professional (CIRP).

“We are happy to have David Bryan join our Board. His profile in the community and business and management experience will contribute to the continued success of the AGA”, said AGA Board Chair, Barry Zalmanowitz, Q.C.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

 

For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468  E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

Edmonton, AB (November 9/12) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to announce a new campaign benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area (BGCBIGS).

Until the end of December, for every $12.50 Gallery Admission donated, your AGA will match it and donate two Admissions to the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area! This is an opportunity for AGA Members and visitors to share the Gallery with children and youth who might not otherwise have access to this experience. Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters provides safe places for children to go, and now through this partnership, the AGA will be another safe place for kids and their mentors to explore together, connecting them with art and ideas and providing new and positive experiences.

Kerry Woodland, Director of Service Delivery for BGCBIGS says, “On behalf of the children and youth we serve, we express our sincere thanks to the AGA and its Members and guests for their generosity. Our organization believes in building capacity and resiliency in kids in order that they may have hope for their future. Exposure to fine art and culture adds a component often missing in young lives and provides not only an activity, but also an outlet for personal expression. We are thrilled to partner with the AGA in this worthwhile endeavour.”

Gallery Admission donations can be made in person at AGA Member and Guest Services or online at youraga.ca/donate-an-admission

Donate a $12.50 AGA Admission to Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area and your AGA will match that donation; on now until December 31, 2012

For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468
E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca


ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

 

ABOUT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EDMONTON & AREA

Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBIGS) supports the children and youth of our community through the provision of safe places to be between school and home and caring, supportive mentoring relationships.

BGCBIGS is a not for profit, charitable organization that relies on the generosity of the community in order to deliver important programming for children and youth. 

For Immediate Release
October 23, 2012

Variation, hybridity and mutation; the season of strange beauty continues at your AGA with a new exhibition by Edmonton artist Paul Freeman.
Edmonton, AB (October 23/12)
– A season of strange beauty continues at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) with PAUL FREEMAN: It’s Only Natural, on from November 3, 2012 to February 18, 2013

This exhibition in the RBC New Works Gallery features two life-size casts of stags whose antlers emerge from their bodies like the branches of a tree. In these works, Paul Freeman takes two long-standing artistic traditions—metal casting and the majestic wild animal sculpture—and turns them on their heads, creating works that speak to a future of genetic variation and potential mutation.

The RBC New Works Gallery features new works by Alberta artists. Initiated in 1998 and named the RBC New Works Gallery in 2008, this gallery space continues the Art Gallery of Alberta’s tradition of supporting Alberta artists.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Edmonton artist Paul Freeman is the Artistic Director at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, a centre for artists with developmental disabilities in Edmonton, and a drawing instructor at the University of Alberta in the Department of Art and Design. In 1998, Freeman received his BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) in Calgary and a MFA from the University of Alberta in 2005. He is the recipient of numerous academic awards, scholarships and grants, and his work has been exhibited in public and private spaces across Canada.
For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468
E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca


EXCLUSIVE MEDIA PREVIEW
Friday, November 2, 1 pm, Art Gallery of Alberta

Itinerary:

  • REMARKS
    –        Catherine Crowston, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
  • Interviews are available with:
    –        Catherine Crowston, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
    –        Paul Freeman, artist
  • Exclusive Media Preview with access to PAUL FREEMAN: It’s Only Natural exhibition

Please RSVP by contacting:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468
E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

 

Public Programs and Events

Conversation with the Artist: Paul Freeman with writer Mary Christa O’Keefe
Friday, November 2, 6:30 pm
Free with Gallery admission

Members’ Opening Reception: PAUL FREEMAN: It’s Only Natural
Friday, November 2, 7:30 pm
AGA Members and VIP’s Only

 

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

Experience the extraordinary in EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age opening at your AGA November 3.

Edmonton, AB (October 23/12) – Enter a world of shoguns, samurai and swords in EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), November 3, 2012 to February 18, 2013.

On loan from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s world-famous Asian art collection, EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age showcases paintings, ceramics, lacquerware, as well as elaborate suits of armour and fantastic samurai swords. In Edo Japan (1603-1868), the samurai, along with the powerful shoguns, were part of the ruling military class. The samurai wielded uncontested power and could even put to death a disrespectful commoner on the spot!

Also featured in EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age are several works on paper, including the famed Ukiyo-e prints. These prints were favoured by the merchant class and depicted the day-to-day life of the people of Edo Japan—giving a glimpse of the different social classes, their occupations, the clothes they wore and even the way the women styled their hair.

Exquisite craftsmanship and technical ingenuity are hallmarks of the Edo period and are evident in the art objects on display; the broad range of artistic goods included in the exhibition speaks to the strength and diversity of arts-based practices in Edo Japan.

EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age is organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria with assistance from the Canadian Department of Heritage Museum Assistance Program and curated by Barry Till, Curator of Asian Art, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

For more information or to coordinate interviews please contact:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468
E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

 

EXCLUSIVE MEDIA PREVIEW

Friday, November 2, 1 pm, Art Gallery of Alberta
Itinerary:

  • REMARKS
    –        Catherine Crowston, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
  • Interviews are available with:
    –        Catherine Crowston, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
    –        Ruth Burns, Associate Curator / Interpretive Programs Manager

 

  • Exclusive Media Preview with access to EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age
    Please RSVP by contacting:
    Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
    T: 780.392.2468
    E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

 

Public Programs and Events

Members’ Opening Reception: EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age
Friday, November 2, 7:30 pm
AGA Members and VIP’s Only

The EDO Talks: Special In-Gallery Series
November 7, November 21 and December 5, 7 pm

Art for Lunch: Samurai in Edo Japan
Thursday, November 15, 12:10-12:50 pm

BMO All Day Sunday: Edo Adventure
Sunday, November 18, noon-4 pm

AGA Book Club: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell (2010)
Thursday, November 29, 7 pm

Art for Lunch: Ukiyo-e: Visions of the Floating World
Thursday, December 20, 12:10-12:50 pm

 

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

Edmonton, AB (October 18/12)The Monstrous Baroque Refinery has sold out, but you can still win your way in to the art party of the year as the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) launches a special Monstrous Baroque Refinery contest!

Your AGA is challenging you to invoke your inner artist and create your own version of the Andrea Mantegna print Battle of the Sea Gods, featured in the current exhibition Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints. Your own version can be in any medium such as, photography, video, sculpture, painting, drawing, collage and more! Submissions will be judged on artistic quality, originality and relationship to the original Mantegna print. Submission deadline is November 4 at midnight.

The Refinery contest prize pack includes: four tickets to the sold-out Monstrous Baroque Refinery Late-Night Art Party; Refinery Costume Rental and consultation courtesy of The Theatre Garage for four people; and dinner for four at Zinc Restaurant at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

For complete contest rules and details on how to enter please visit youraga.ca

The Monstrous Baroque Refinery Late-Night Art Party
Saturday, November 17, 9 pm-2 am
Art Gallery of Alberta

For media information, please contact:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468
E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca
ABOUT THE MONSTROUS BAROQUE REFINERY
The Monstrous Baroque Refinery
is an evening where the strange meets the beautiful, and supernatural creatures mingle with 17th century-inspired opulence. Come dressed to impress for this ball of monstrous proportions.

This Refinery’s Creative Directors are Jennifer Rae Forsyth and Kristen Hutchinson from fast & dirty Artist and Curatorial Collective. Themed around the exhibitions Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque and Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints, this instalment of Refinery will also feature the work of: Julianna Barabas, Courtney Chetwynd, Jennifer Mesch (Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy), Sergio Serrano and Ryan Wolters. Girls Club will be the DJs on the dance floor, and a Baroque ensemble will entertain within the Galleries. Hands-on, interactive arts projects and games, such as Baroque-era croquet, will also take place around the building; all three floors of exhibition spaces will be open for guests to explore.

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ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the othe City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

Edmonton, AB (October 3/12) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to welcome pioneering Canadian artist Françoise Sullivan, dancer Ginette Boutin and curators Roald Nasgaard and Ray Ellenwood for the exclusive AGA event, The Automatiste Revolution: Talk & Performance on Saturday, October 13, at 2 pm.

With a career spanning six decades, Françoise Sullivan is an original member of Canada’s first group of truly modern artists, the Automatistes, and a signatory of the group’s groundbreaking manifesto, Refus Global. Sullivan is a dancer and choreographer, as well as a painter, sculptor and photographer.

The program will begin with a conversation between Sullivan and curators Roald Nasgaard and Ray Ellenwood. This talk will be followed by a performance of four of Sullivan’s works. Dancer Ginette Boutin, who has worked closely with Françoise Sullivan for 25 years, will perform: The Archaic Woman (1948), Black and Tan Fantasy (1948), Dedales (1948) and I Speak (1993).

The Automatiste Revolution: Talk & Performance
Saturday, October 13, 2 pm
Art Gallery of Alberta
$40/$25 AGA Members, Students & Seniors

Tickets include access to the exhibition The Automatiste Revolution: Montreal 1941-1960
The AGA exhibition The Automatiste Revolution: Montreal 1941-1960 closes Sunday, October 14.
For more information or to buy tickets please visit youraga.ca

 

For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468  E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

Edmonton, AB (October 2/12) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) brings you an evening where the strange meets the beautiful at The Monstrous Baroque Refinery, Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 9 pm to 2 am.

Supernatural creatures mingle with 17th century-inspired opulence for this Refinery under the creative direction of Kristen Hutchinson and Jennifer Forsyth, founding members of fast & dirty Artist and Curatorial Collective.

“Adopting our curatorial approach for fast & dirty onto Refinery, we will be working with dancers, musicians and installation and performance artists to create an evening of beautiful horror,” say creative directors Kristen Hutchinson and Jennifer Forsyth. “Inspired by the notion of the sublime, The Monstrous Baroque Refinery responds to the AGA exhibitions Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque and Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints. The artists in Refinery revamp several elements of 17th century Baroque art: the ornate, the theatrical, the decadent, the decorative and the enticing. The evening highlights the monstrous as frightening and whimsical, human and other worldly, grandiose and horrific. Refinery participants will experience a late-night art party where the opulent is rendered strange and the peculiar becomes extraordinary,” they add.

Experience installation and performance art, make masquerade/monster masks and prints, enjoy a Baroque period game and much, much more. Featured Refinery artists include: Julianna Barabas, Courtney Chetwynd, Jennifer Mesch, Sergio Serrano and Ryan Wolters. Guests will also have access to all three floors of exhibitions.

Refinery guests are encouraged to come dressed to impress in Opulent Baroque attire. Think Lady Gaga meets Prince, with ornate gowns, lace galore and waistcoats and breeches from an indulgent era. For more Opulent Baroque inspiration visit youraga.ca/refinery

The Monstrous Baroque Refinery Late-Night Art Party

Saturday, November 17, 9 pm – 2 am
$35/$30 AGA Members

Advance tickets for AGA members available October 16
Remaining tickets available October 30

For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468  E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

New Appointment to AGA Board of Directors

Edmonton, AB (October 1/12) – Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) Board Chair, Barry Zalmanowitz, Q.C. announced today the appointment of Chris Fowler, President and Chief Operating Officer of Canadian Western Bank (CWB), to the AGA Board of Directors.

“We are delighted to have Chris join the AGA Board. His judgment and experience will help us to grow and continue to be recognized as a leading Canadian public art gallery,” commented Zalmanowitz.

In his role at CWB, Fowler is responsible for banking operations, credit risk management and CWB’s residential mortgage division and mutual fund dealer. With over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, Fowler will bring this knowledge and expertise to the AGA Board of Directors. Fowler received a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia and is a former member of the Canadian National Rugby Team.

For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468  E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

 

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

 

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

Edmonton, AB (September 14/12)The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is very pleased to announce that Capital Power will continue its support of The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta program through the Capital Powered Art initiative for the next three (3) years. Capital Power has supported this initiative since its inception in 2010, which has enabled the AGA to feature the work of artists such as M.C. Escher, Francisco Goya and Pablo Picasso, among others.

“Capital Powered Art demonstrates our commitment to the arts in Edmonton and to bringing world-class art to all Albertans,” says Capital Power President and CEO, Brian Vaasjo. “We are pleased to renew our three-year partnership with the Art Gallery of Alberta and to introduce a new art acquisition program.”

As an enhancement to the Capital Powered Art program, Capital Power is introducing a new initiative starting this fall, the Capital Powered Art Acquisition Program. This new program provides the opportunity for art lovers, enthusiasts and visitors to help the Art Gallery of Alberta build its own permanent collection. Each year, people will be able to donate funds for an art acquisition, which Capital Power will match with a donation of up to $25,000 for the purchase of works of art by living Alberta and Canadian artists.

“Capital Power’s ongoing and expanded commitment to the AGA provides us with the support we need to present a vital program of contemporary and old masters exhibitions and also now to build our collection for the future, “ says Catherine Crowston, Executive Director/Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta. “It is an investment in the cultural life of Edmonton and Alberta, but also makes a significant contribution to building the legacy of our country’s creativity.”

This fall, there are two Capital Powered Art sponsored exhibitions at the AGA: Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque (September 15) and Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creature in Early European Prints (October 13).

 

For more information or to coordinate interviews with Catherine Crowston (Executive Director/Chief Curator, AGA) or Brian Vaasjo (President & CEO, Capital Power), please contact:

For Catherine Crowston:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist, Art Gallery of Alberta
T: 780.392.2468 E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

For Brian Vaasjo:
Michael Sheehan, Media Relations Manager, Capital Power
T: 780.392.5222 E: MSheehan@capitalpower.com

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

ABOUT CAPITAL POWER
Capital Power (TSX: CPX) is a growth-oriented North American power producer headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. The company develops, acquires, operates and optimizes power generation from a variety of energy sources. Capital Power owns more than 3,300 megawatts of power generation capacity at 16 facilities across North America. An additional 487 megawatts of owned wind generation capacity is under construction or in advanced development in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.

ABOUT NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world. In addition, it has pre-eminent collections of Indigenous, Western and European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, American and Asian Art as well as drawings and photography. Created in 1880, it is among the oldest of Canada’s national, cultural institutions. As part of its mandate to make Canadian art accessible across the country, the NGC has one of the largest touring exhibition programs in the world. For more information, visit www.gallery.ca.

EDMONTON, AB and OTTAWA, ON (September 14/12) – Albertans will continue to enjoy Canada’s national art treasures for another three (3) years. The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), along with the National Gallery of Canada (NGC), announced today their partnership has been renewed for 2013-2015.

Known as The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta, or NGC@AGA, this exciting initiative will continue to allow AGA Members and visitors to enjoy presentations of work by prominent Canadian and international artists—from contemporary art in all media to old masters.

“The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta is a special program that provides the AGA with the unique opportunity to work with National Gallery staff on the development and presentation of new, special exhibitions from the National Gallery of Canada’s incredible collections. We are proud of this ongoing museum partnership which gives local audiences opportunities to look at our world from different perspectives and stimulates them to actively engage with visual art and culture,” says Catherine Crowston, AGA Executive Director / Chief Curator.

“We are thrilled to continue this very useful relationship with our colleagues in Edmonton. Although our collections and services are present in many communities throughout Alberta, the opportunity to share the AGA’s audience in this more focused way helps us intensify our service to the province. The success of our first three years speaks for itself and explains our enthusiasm for renewing this partnership. Indeed, it has since spawned similar agreements with galleries in Toronto and Winnipeg,” adds NGC Director and CEO, Marc Mayer.

The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta program will continue to receive valuable support from Capital Power through the Capital Powered Art initiative.

This fall, there are two National Galley of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta exhibitions: Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque (September 15) and Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creature in Early European Prints (October 13).

 

For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist, Art Gallery of Alberta
T: 780.392.2468 E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

Josée-Britanie Mallet, Senior Media and Public Relations Officer, National Gallery of Canada
T: 613.990.6835 E: bmallet@gallery.ca

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

ABOUT NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world. In addition, it has pre-eminent collections of Indigenous, Western and European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, American and Asian Art as well as drawings and photography. Created in 1880, it is among the oldest of Canada’s national, cultural institutions. As part of its mandate to make Canadian art accessible across the country, the NGC has one of the largest touring exhibition programs in the world. For more information, visit www.gallery.ca.

ABOUT CAPITAL POWER
Capital Power (TSX: CPX) is a growth-oriented North American power producer headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. The company develops, acquires, operates and optimizes power generation from a variety of energy sources. Capital Power owns more than 3,300 megawatts of power generation capacity at 16 facilities across North America. An additional 487 megawatts of owned wind generation capacity is under construction or in advanced development in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.