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Archive for 2014

For Immediate Release
June 25, 2014

Dentons presents Canada Day at your AGA: free admission and galleries of Canadian art!

See iconic Canadian works of art by Group of Seven artists Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson.

Edmonton, AB (June 25/14) – Include a visit to the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) as part of your 2014 Canada Day celebrations with FREE ADMISSION courtesy of Dentons LLP on Tuesday, July 1 from 11 am to 5 pm.

“We are honoured to once again partner with the AGA on this terrific event for Edmontonians,” said Dennis Picco, Managing Partner, Dentons LLP. “The AGA is a remarkable landmark for this province, and one that should be explored. Canada Day at the AGA provides Edmontonians with the opportunity to celebrate in style, explore this amazing structure and gather together to celebrate not only Canadian pride but Edmontonian pride as well.”

Canada Day at your AGA features family friendly, Canada Day-inspired art projects that you can share, wear and take with you. All three floors of exhibitions will be open for viewing, providing visitors with the opportunity to see historical and contemporary works by local and national artists. Current exhibitions include: Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson: Jasper/Robson 1924; High Adventure: Byron Harmon in the Columbia Icefield, 1924; 90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta, New Lines: Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada; Alma Louise Visscher: Cathedral Cumulus and Jill Stanton: Strange Dream.

Dentons Presents Canada Day at your AGA: Celebrating Families
Tuesday, July 1, 11 am-5 pm
Free admission courtesy of Dentons LLP


Media Contact
Oksana Gowin, Director of Marketing and Communications
780.392.2466 or Oksana.Gowin@youraga.ca

ABOUT DENTONS CANADA LLP
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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 ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

For Immediate Release
June 18, 2014

42 artists from across the province to be featured in 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art

Edmonton, AB (June 18, 2014) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is excited to announce the names of 42 artists who are selected for inclusion in the 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, to be presented January 24-May 3, 2015.

The artists include:

Arbour Lake Sghool, Calgary
Ashleigh Bartlett, Calgary
Kyle Beal, Calgary
Brittney Bear Hat, Calgary
Devon Beggs, Edmonton
Nika Blasser, Edmonton
Christian Bök, Calgary
Steven Cottingham, Calgary
Hannah Doerksen, Calgary
Joseph Doherty, Edmonton
Brenda Draney, Edmonton
Gordon Ferguson, Calgary
Jason Frizzell, Red Deer
Sarah Fuller, Banff
Jude Griebel, Sundre
Aryen Hoekstra, Edmonton
Dara Humniski, Edmonton
Mary Kavanagh, Lethbridge
Kristen Keegan, Edmonton
Robin Lambert, High Prairie
Mathieu Lefèvre, Edmonton
Tyler Los-Jones, Calgary
Amy Malbeuf, Rich Lake
Travis McEwen, Edmonton
Brendan McGillicuddy, Calgary
Jay Mosher, Calgary
Yvonne Mullock, Calgary
Wil Murray, Calgary
Brad Necyk, St. Albert
Ali Nickerson, Edmonton
Erik Osberg, Edmonton
Josée Aubin Ouellette, Edmonton
Giulliano Palladino, Edmonton
Evan Prosofsky, Edmonton
Scott Rogers, Calgary
Erin Schwab, Fort McMurray
Sergio Serrano, Edmonton
Leslie Sharpe, Edmonton
Jill Stanton, Edmonton
Alma Louise Visscher, Edmonton
Adam Waldron-Blain, Edmonton
Nicole Kelly Westman, Red Deer

Entitled Future Station, the 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is an examination of the creative practices at work with Alberta artists and ultimately an expression on what it feels like to be an artist in Alberta. The title is derived from an abandoned transit platform located under the civic centre of the province’s capital, Edmonton. The themes of the 2015 Biennial include: psychology as a creative methodology and means to audience effect, natural forces confronting the artist, detritus as a working material and austerity as an aesthetic.

“As our province’s oldest cultural institution, the AGA plays a key role in supporting and sharing work by Alberta artists. We are excited to present this next iteration of the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, which gives visitors a look into the dynamic future of art in our province,” said Kristy Trinier, Curator, AGA. “After conducting studio visits across all regions in Alberta, there was a general consensus from my discussions with artists: Alberta seeps into your lexicon as an artist and manifests in the work; now my work is to articulate this as the exhibition.”

The exhibition will be presented in three spaces of the Art Gallery of Alberta, Enterprise Square Galleries and will include off-site installations. Since 1996, the Art Gallery of Alberta has presented the Alberta Biennial as a survey of contemporary art from across the province.

Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is curated by Kristy Trinier and organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta.


Media contact:
Oksana Gowin, Director of Marketing and Communications
T: 780.392.2466
E: Oksana.Gowin@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 Edmonton Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2014

New Works and New Lines… Edmonton artist Alma Louise Visscher reveals a new installation in AGA exhibition opening alongside contemporary drawings from the National Gallery of Canada.

Edmonton, AB (June 9/14) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to present two new exhibitions opening Saturday, June 20, 2014: ALMA LOUISE VISSCHER: Cathedral Cumulus, in the RBC New Works Gallery and New Lines: Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada, part of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power. In the spirit of the AGA’s 90th Birthday, Cathedral Cumulus celebrates the art of Albertan Alma Visscher and New Lines brings a world of international, contemporary drawing to Alberta.

ALMA LOUISE VISSCHER: Cathedral Cumulus
June 20-August 17, 2014

In her installation Cathedral Cumulus, artist Alma Louise Visscher addresses how the themes of surface, shelter and the body resonate in built forms. Visscher’s hand-dyed, hand-sewn textile structure, made specifically for the AGA’s gallery, references Gothic architecture and natural forms, such as clouds, and reminds the viewer how environments and shelters—both built and natural—are tightly connected with the human body. Born in British Columbia, Visscher completed her Masters degree in Drawing and Intermedia at the University of Alberta. In immersive gallery installations such as this one, she continues her personal exploration of gender roles and isolation in contemporary landscapes.

Join Alma Louise Visscher and and AGA Curator, Kristy Trinier, for an informal and engaging Conversation with the Artist on Wednesday, July 2 at 7 pm. This talk is free with Gallery admission.

The RBC New Works Gallery features new artworks 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. Presented with the support of the RBC Emerging Artists Project and Artist Patrons Barry Zalmanowitz and June Ross.


New Lines: Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada
June 20-October 5, 2014

This exhibition gives viewers a sample of fascinating names in contemporary drawing from Canada and around the world. With over 40 pieces pulled from the National Gallery of Canada’s (NGC) permanent collection, the exhibition features over 20 artists who have pushed the boundaries of the medium of drawing over the past 15 years. Some forego the traditional flat drawing surface of the page of paper, opting instead for sculptural work in three dimensions or cut-out surfaces. Others engage the time-based medium of animation. Many of these drawings display fantastic subjects. Some demonstrate the artist’s talent for realistic representation. All engage meticulous detail and rich imagery. Together, they tell a story about the changes in the way we think about drawing and the working methods that go into drawing today. Among the innovative artists represented in the exhibition are Shary Boyle, Peter Doig, Brian Jungen, Pia Linz, and the collective Los Carpinteros.

Join exhibition curator, Rhiannon Vogl of the NGC, for a tour of the exhibition on Thursday, June 19, 6 pm. Tickets are $15 / $8 AGA Members / Free for Ultra and Curator’s Circle Members and Artist Patrons. To complement this exhibition, the AGA also presents Drawing Night at the Gallery, with local artists Josh Holinaty and Lee Nielson on Wednesday, June 25, 5–9 pm. This drop-in workshop will feature live model drawing in the exhibition space and is free with Gallery Admission.

New Lines: Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada is curated by Rhiannon Vogl, Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art. It is organized by the National Gallery of Canada and is part of the National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta program. Presented with the support of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power.


Interested Media are invited to make arrangements for early exhibition access and interviews.

Media Contact
Oksana Gowin, Director of Marketing and Communications
T: 780.392.2466 E: oksana.gowin@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.

The Art Gallery of Alberta Celebrates 90 Years

May 7, 2014
The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is turning 90! Inaugurated on August 18, 1924, the AGA is the oldest cultural institution in the province of Alberta and the only museum dedicated solely to art. To celebrate, your AGA has alot in store: a two-part exhibition highlighting some of the art created in Alberta between 1924 and 2014; birthday activities for all ages of art-enthusiasts, and a year of fascinating exhibitions ready to be revealed.

Media are invited to preview the first exhibition of this Birthday season: 90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta (Part 1) on Friday, May 16 at 1 pm. Join Catherine Crowston, Executive Director and Chief Curator, as she reveals what exhibitions are planned for the coming year, aimed at showcasing Alberta artists to the world and bringing the world of art to Alberta. Light refreshments will be served.

About 90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta
This exhibition highlights a selection of Alberta artists who have contributed to the history, creativity and development of the province’s art scene. A team of art historians and curators considered the artists’ contributions to the character of their communities, their influence as teachers and educators, their innovation within their field, and the recognition that they have received nationally and internationally for their work.

90 x 90 also highlights the depth and importance of Alberta’s public art collections, with works on loan from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Glenbow Museum, the Nickle Art Galleries at the University of Calgary, and the AGA’s own collection. In addition, some works have been borrowed from private collectors and the artists’ studios.

Part 1 of 90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta opens on May 17; Part 2 opens on October 24, 2014.


For media information and to RSVP please contact:

Oksana Gowin
Director of Marketing and Communications
T: 780.392.2466 E : Oksana.Gowin@youraga.ca

Hit the road with your AGA for Road Trip Refinery—this May!

Kick-off summer with tickets to this must-attend art party—tickets on sale to AGA Members today.

Edmonton, AB (April 29/14) – Celebrate Alberta with Road Trip Refinery, the Art Gallery of Alberta’s (AGA) next installment of its popular late-night party series on Saturday, May 24, 9 pm-2 am. Tickets are now on sale to AGA Members. Remaining tickets, if available, will be on sale to the public on Tuesday, May 13 at 10 am. Tickets and AGA Memberships are online at youraga.ca, in person at AGA Member and Guest Services or by phone at 780.422.6223.

Road Trip Refinery will take you off the beaten path with a nostalgic twist and some stellar roadside attractions along the way. Under the creative direction of Edmonton illustrator and artist Jill Stanton, whose floor to ceiling, hand-painted mural is currently on view in your AGA’s Manning Hall, this Refinery features work by Stanton and local artists Nickelas “Smokey” Johnson, and Laurel Westlund, along with help from the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts Collective. Together, the artists will take you on trip through Alberta’s landscape and landmarks with large-scale, comic-influenced paper installations and a giant game of Eye-Spy. Plus, like all good road trips there will be plenty of photos and rockin’ tunes courtesy of DJ Renny Wilson and Zebra Pulse.

According to Stanton this Refinery is “a version of a crazy Alberta road trip, filtered through the lens of kids’ brains, fever dreams, altered memory and comic books.”

This Road Trip calls for some cool travel threads! Pop on your Ray Bans and be casual chic in socks and sandals, flowing sundresses, shorts and a lot of denim. Strap on a fanny pack, grab your camera and be ready for adventure! Visit your AGA’s Pinterest page for more dress inspiration.

Road Trip Refinery is inspired by the exhibitions High Adventure: Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefield, 1924; Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson: Jasper / Robson, 1924; and 90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta, presented as part of your AGA’s 90th birthday. So, go ahead—party like you’re 90!

Road Trip Refinery late-night art party is sponsored by Langham Developments.

For more information on the Road Trip Refinery program and for contributor bios please visit youraga.ca/roadtrip.

Road Trip Refinery
Late-Night Art Party Saturday, May 24, 9 pm-2 am

$45/$39 AGA Members | AGA Ultra Members 2 for 1 Tickets.
Prices do not include GST.

Tickets on sale to AGA Members April 29 at 10 am; public tickets on sale May 13.
Tickets available for purchase online at youraga.ca, in person at AGA Member and Guest Services or by phone at 780.422.6223.

Refinery is an 18+ event. Guests will be asked for ID at the door. Only official tickets printed by the AGA will be accepted at the event. Guests will receive their official Refinery tickets in the mail. Tickets are non-refundable.


For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

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

Oksana Gowin
Director of Marketing and Communications
T: 780.392.2466
E: Oksana.Gowin@youraga.ca


ABOUT REFINERY LATE-NIGHT ART PARTIES
Refinery is one of Alberta’s must-attend events, hosting a sold-out crowd of 800+ people at each party. Thousands of guests have taken part in this series. Parties are often themed around current AGA exhibitions and feature projects by artists, designers and performers from the local arts community. Refinery aims to provide audiences with access to art in its many diverse forms, media and manifestations. Refinery is not an AGA fundraising event but one of the unique ways the Art Gallery of Alberta connects people, art and ideas.

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 Edmonton Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

Your AGA, the City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta Museums come together to create a new hub for local art in downtown Edmonton.

Edmonton, AB (April 14/14) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) and the City of Edmonton, with the support of the University of Alberta Museums, are excited to announce a new exhibition series, The AGA at Enterprise Square Galleries. This series is dedicated to showcasing the work of Edmonton and area artists and creating a vibrant destination for local art in our city’s downtown core. Starting on Friday, April 25, the AGA will be presenting a series of exhibitions in the Enterprise Square Galleries over the next two years that will highlight the diversity and creativity of our local arts community.

The AGA at Enterprise Square Galleries exhibition series will be launched on the evening of Thursday, April 24 with the opening reception for <strong>REGIONS OF DISTINCTION: Edmonton Members of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. This exhibition, curated by the AGA Curator Kristy Trinier, features a wide range of artworks by Edmonton-area artists and architects who are members of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA).

Founded in 1880, the RCA is comprised of individuals representing various artistic disciplines who have made significant contributions to the arts in Canada. The Edmonton members of the RCA are recognized for their important impact within Alberta and on the nation as a whole. They represent excellence across a broad range of artistic practices, from painters, sculptors and photographers, to architects, filmmakers, designers and craft artists. The exhibition, REGIONS OF DISTINCTION, has been coordinated as part of the RCA’s 2014 Annual General Assembly, which will take place in Edmonton on the weekend of May 16-18.

This exhibition features the work of Sandra Bromley, Catherine Burgess, Isla Burns, Douglas Carlyle, Sean Caulfield, James Dow, Douglas Haynes, Liz Ingram, Barry Johns, Walter Jule, Lyndal Osborne, Jane Ash Poitras, Robert Austin Scott, Orest Semchishen, Robert W. Sinclair and Vivian Thierfelder.

Visitors will be able to view the work of these distinguished artists and architects, each of whom has received national attention for his/her work and contribution to Alberta’s artistic community. The exhibition is also the only opportunity to see the work of all 16 Edmonton RCA members in one exhibition. REGIONS OF DISTINCTION: Edmonton Members of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts will be on view until October 26, 2014.

REGIONS OF DISTINCTION: Edmonton Members of the Royal Canadian Academy
of Arts

April 25–October 26, 2014
University of Alberta Museums Enterprise Square Galleries, 10230 Jasper Avenue

Media are invited to attend the Opening Reception on Thursday, April 24 at 7 pm.
Interviews will be available upon request.

The Enterprise Square Galleries is an initiative of the University of Alberta and the City of Edmonton, managed by the University of Alberta Museums.
The AGA at Enterprise Square Galleries exhibition series is supported by the City of Edmonton, the Art Gallery of Alberta and the University of Alberta.
The REGIONS OF DISTINCTION exhibition is generously supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

RCA-supporters


For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

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

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 UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA MUSEUMS

Spread across campus in a vibrant network are the 29 collections that comprise the University of Alberta Museums. Totalling more than 17 million objects covering subjects from art to zoology, these collections are guided by a central unit of museum professionals who support the daily use of these invaluable resources for teaching, research, and community engagement. This unique museum model helps to distinguish the U of A as one of the world’s great public universities.

Famed entrepreneur and philanthropist W. Brett Wilson to speak at your AGA about his two unique “collections”.

Edmonton, AB (April 7/14)W. Brett Wilson, well-known Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist and ‘Dragon Emeritus’ from the hit CBC show Dragons’ Den, will be giving a special talk for the first time ever on the subject of his two very unique prairie influenced collections at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 pm.

One of Canada’s most recognized entrepreneurs, W. Brett Wilson is also a serious collector. In this premiere talk on the subject, Wilson will speak about his two distinct and very large prairie influenced collections—one of which is focused on artworks exclusively by Saskatchewan-based artists dating back over the last 100 years; the second is his collection of well-preserved (but never restored) antique horse-drawn carriages dating back to the mid-1800s.

Tickets are $15/$8 AGA Members and free for Ultra and Curator’s Circle Members and Artist Patrons; tickets are available online at youraga.ca, in person at AGA Member and Guest Services or by phone at 780.422.6223.

The AGA Presents: W. Brett Wilson

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Lower Level
Tickets: $15/$8 AGA Members
Free for Ultra and Curator’s Circle Members and Artist Patrons.

W. Brett Wilson is a Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist and still the all-time leading deal maker on CBC’s hit TV show, Dragons’ Den. Hailing from North Battleford, Saskatchewan, he has a regular column on entrepreneurship in the National Post and is the author of the Canadian bestseller Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes. He invests in the energy, agriculture, real estate, sports and entertainment industries through his primary holding company, Prairie Merchant Corporation. He has degrees in engineering and business and is a member of both the Order of Canada and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Often described as a “capitalist with a heart”, Wilson sees corporate social responsibility not as an obligation but as an opportunity and believes that strategic philanthropy can create major social and economic benefits.

This talk is being presented just ahead of Art on the Block, the AGA’s silent art auction fundraiser, on May 2. Art on the Block is an amazing opportunity for new and established collectors to purchase works of art by leading local and national artists. Tickets and more information about the event can be found at artontheblock.youraga.ca.


For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

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


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.

AGA kicks off 90th Birthday celebrations with exhibitions from 1924 to present.

Edmonton, AB (March 24/14) –As part of its 90th birthday celebrations the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is highlighting the year 1924, its year of founding, with two exhibitions that showcase the history of art in Alberta: High Adventure: Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefield, 1924 and Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson: Jasper / Robson, 1924. Both exhibitions open to the public on Saturday, March 29 and are on view until August 17, 2014.

EXCLUSIVE MEDIA PREVIEW

High Adventure: Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefield, 1924
Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson: Jasper / Robson, 1924
ANDREW FROSST: Instinctive Break

Friday, March 28, 1 pm, Art Gallery of Alberta, Level 2

“1924 was a significant year for art in Alberta,” says AGA Executive Director / Chief Curator, Catherine Crowston. “In this year Alberta photographer Byron Harmon captured the first significant images and film footage of the Columbia Icefield, and, key Group of Seven members A.Y. Jackson and Lawren Harris came west to paint the mountains park of Jasper and Robson. 1924 also saw the birth of the Art Gallery of Alberta—making us the oldest cultural institution in the province. These two exhibitions showcase important artistic endeavors that were taking place in Alberta at that time. Celebratory exhibitions will be presented over the summer and will continue to reinforce the AGA’s 90 year commitment to presenting the work of Alberta artists, from the past to the present day.”

High Adventure: Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefield, 1924 features photographs, film, lantern and stereo-slides created by Banff photographer Byron Harmon on his trek across the Columbia Icefield in 1924. These images were to be the pinnacle of Harmon’s long career of famously photographing the Rockies. Ladened with a motion picture camera, four still cameras and the necessary film, it took sixteen pack horses and three experienced mountain men—in addition to Harmon himself—to make the, at times, perilous journey.

As Banff’s first professional photographer, Harmon played an important role in establishing the town as a tourist attraction. Through his postcards and film footage, he made Canada’s Rocky Mountains known to the world. Harmon captured the iconic images of Banff and the mountains at a time things there were rapidly changing—from rugged and isolated to the bustling tourist mecca it’s now known as.

High Adventure: Byron Harmon in the Columbia Icefield, 1924 is the first exhibition of Harmon’s work since the 1980s. It is guest-curated by Ruth Burns and Mary-Beth Laviolette and produced with the assistance of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. It is presented with the support of ATB Financial as part of the ATB Alberta Masters exhibition series.

Learn more about High Adventure through an in-Gallery talk on Saturday, March 29 at 2 pm with exhibition co-curators Ruth Burns and Mary-Beth Laviolette. It’s free for AGA Members and free with Gallery admission.

The AGA also presents a second exhibition that focuses on the year 1924 and the Rocky Mountains: Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson: Jasper / Robson, 1924, on view March 29-August 17, 2014. In 1924 key Group of Seven members Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson travelled west to paint the mountains of Jasper National Park in Alberta and Mount Robson Provincial Park in B.C. This exhibition showcases the works that were created by these two remarkable artists and it is as much about these places as it is about these two painters. Conceived by Calgary curator Lisa Christensen and first presented at the Edmonton Art Gallery in 1999, Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson: Jasper / Robson, 1924 was originally displayed as a trail guide or map to the sites that inspired the artists. Now in 2014, the AGA is once again presenting this exhibition in honour of its 90th anniversary.

On Wednesday, April 2 at 7 pm Lisa Christensen will be giving an illustrated talk on the art of A.Y. Jackson and Lawren Harris depicting the mountains of Jasper National Park. This talk will look at the on-the-spot and studio paintings created by these artists—taking lecture-goers back in time to this historic trip. Tickets are $15/$8 AGA Members; free for Ultra, Curator’s Circle and Artist Patron Members and are available online at youraga.ca.

Also opening

ANDREW FROSST: Instinctive Break
RBC New Works Gallery
March 29-June 8, 2014

The RBC New Works Gallery continues the Art Gallery of Alberta’s tradition of supporting Alberta artists through the presentation of new work by our province’s artists. This solo exhibition by Calgary-based artist Andrew Frosst features two artworks referencing neo-surrealism and counter-linguistics. The first is a large installation, Instinctive Break, which consists of a wig of human hair floating in an aquarium and attached to a motor in order to give it movement—transforming it into a marine-like creature, The second is a custom-made artist book created from a language-generated computer program that traces the currently unsearched text entries of internet search engines, as a way to experiment with the meaning and form of language—an idea often explored in Frosst’s artwork. He also looks to the derivative elements of the suburban environment, such as construction site waste and found objects which he pairs in absurd scenes.

Conversation with the Artist: Andrew Frosst with AGA Curator Kristy Trinier
Friday, March 28, 6 pm

RBC New Works Gallery, Second Level
Free
Presented with the support of the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

The AGA’s next Supper Club on Sunday, June 1 will be themed around these two exhibitions and will be a taste of Alberta with fresh local ingredients. More information is coming soon to 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.

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2014

The Art of the Hunt—Will You Capture a Prize?

Early-bird tickets for the must-attend Art on the Block silent art auction and cocktail party now on sale.

Edmonton, AB (March 12/14) – The 16th annual art auction and cocktail party Art on the Block is back at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) on Friday, May 2, 2014. This popular event is the highlight of the season and the largest fundraiser of the year for the AGA. Early-bird tickets are now on sale until Monday, March 31 for $99 per person. Tickets are available online at youraga.ca, in person at AGA Member and Guest Services or by phone at 780.422.6223.

This year’s Art on the Block is themed The Art of the Hunt and will feature choice tunes, delectable bites and stealthy bidding. Featuring over 80 diverse artworks by Albertan and Canadian artists, there is something for everyone, from aspiring to established art collectors. More than a dozen art-inspired items will also be featured, such as unique culinary experiences, jewellery and fashion packages and exclusive access to AGA events.

Back by popular demand! Your AGA will once again host a Curator’s Champagne Preview. Sip a glass of champagne with AGA Executive Director / Chief Curator Catherine Crowston as you get a sneak peek at this year’s must-have auction items and learn about the artists who have donated works. Tickets are $50 + GST and are limited; last year’s Curator’s Champagne Preview was a sold out event.

Proceeds from ticket sales, bids and donations support your AGA’s ongoing presentation of world-class exhibitions and engaging education programs—bringing art into the lives of thousands of Albertans each year. Charitable tax receipts will be issued following the event for a portion of the ticket price.

Nearly 600 people attended last year’s Art on the Block, which raised over $125,000.

Art on the Block 2014 is presented by Canadian Western Bank (CWB).
Creative Sponsor: DDB.


For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist

T: 780.392.2468 E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

ABOUT ART ON THE BLOCK

Art on the Block is the AGA’s largest fundraising event. It offers avid and aspiring art collectors a chance to take home investment-quality works of art by recognized Canadian artists, while supporting the AGA’s unique education and public programs and the ongoing presentation of engaging exhibitions. Net proceeds from ticket sales, bids, donations and sponsorships help to bring art into the lives of thousands of Albertans each year. Nearly 60,000 students alone have benefitted from school tours, art classes and special needs programs since the new AGA opened in 2010.

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.

Call for submissions: Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program

…Oh, yes, I’m rattled to the bone by beauty. — Harley Brown, American artist

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…or is it? For millennia philosophers and visual artists have struggled with the concept of beauty, contemplating its nature and questioning whether beauty as an aesthetic construct exists or has value at all.

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program (TREX), organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta, asks artists throughout Alberta to consider this theme as it relates to the 21st century and invites submissions for consideration as part of a planned TREX exhibition. This exhibition, tentatively entitled In Pursuit of Beauty, will begin travelling Alberta in September 2015 and will examine the theme of beauty as addressed both philosophically and visually throughout history and as it is expressed in the visual imagery of contemporary artists working in Alberta.

Submissions must include the following:

  • Artist contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address)
  • Artist biography
  • Artist statement which addresses both the artists’ thoughts/beliefs concerning the theme of beauty and how they believe their art work speaks to this theme
  • A CD of theme-related art images (submission should include 10-15 high quality digital images – images must be in jpeg format at 300dpi)
  • Image list (including title of work, medium, image size, date created). Please note/ensure:
    • Art works may be in any media although, due to eventual venue exhibition requirements, 2D works (size: 24 inches x 36 inches or smaller) are preferred.
    • that artist’s name/address is clearly marked on each part of the submission.
    • If an artist wishes materials to be returned, please include a self- addressed, stamped envelope

Submission Deadline: Friday, May 30, 2014
Please deliver or mail submissions to:
Shane Golby
Manager/Curator
Alberta Foundation for the Arts TREX Program Region 2, Art Gallery of Alberta
10550-107 Street
Edmonton, AB., T5H 2Y6
Ph: 780-428-3830 ext. 2
e-mail: shane.golby@youraga.ca

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