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The Art Gallery of Alberta announces new Board Chair

Edmonton, AB… The Board of Directors of the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to announce the election of Darcy Trufyn as Chair of the AGA Board of Directors effective November 18, 2014. Trufyn is the Senior Vice President of Operations, Engineering and Construction at Capital Power in Edmonton. Trufyn has served on the AGA Board of Directors since September 2010.

“It is my honour and pleasure to act as Chair of the Board of the Art Gallery of Alberta, the premiere visual arts destination in Alberta,” says Trufyn of his new role. “I am looking forward to working with the AGA’s talented and dedicated Board of Directors and leadership team as we develop and execute our vision of ensuring that the AGA thrives and continues to showcase the art of Alberta to the world, and bring an exciting world of art to Alberta.”

Trufyn replaces Barry Zalmanowitz, Q.C., who joined the AGA Board in 2009 and served as Chair from 2011. He will continue serving on the AGA Board in the capacity of Past-Chair.

“On behalf of the AGA Board of Directors, I thank Barry Zalmanowitz for his exceptional service, support and commitment,” says Trufyn. “I am eager to continue the work that we have done in establishing the AGA as a gallery of national significance for our province.”

Darcy Trufyn, Senior Vice President, Operations, Engineering and Construction

Mr. Trufyn joined Capital Power in 2009 and is responsible for Operations, Construction, Engineering, and Supply Chain. Prior to coming to Capital Power, Mr. Trufyn was a Senior Vice President with Worley Parsons responsible for all Canadian construction activities and Director responsible for Global construction. Previously, he was the President of the construction firm Lockerbie & Hole, based in Edmonton.

Mr. Trufyn, P. Eng, is from Edmonton and is a graduate of the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Art Gallery of Alberta, Mr. Trufyn also serves on the Board of Directors of Wellspring Edmonton which provides support for people dealing with life-changing effects of cancer.

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.

Media Contact:

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

For Immediate Release
November 12, 2014

Only Canadian Dates for Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne Come to a Close

Edmonton, AB. . . November 16, 2014 will be the last chance to see Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910, an exhibition of turn-of-the-century Parisian works, at the Art Gallery of Alberta. The exhibition’s closing day coincides with BMO All Day Sunday, the AGA’s monthly family-focused day of hands-on activities.

Along with the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this exhibition features era-defining pieces by Pierre Bonnard, Mary Cassat, Edouard Manet and more. The works featured vary in style—from printed posters and illustrated journals, to figure studies and still life compositions—reflecting the abundant creativity found amongst Toulouse-Lautrec’s contemporaries. A particular focus of the exhibition is the gathering of artists, writers, performers and personalities at cafes, theatres and cabarets such as the Moulin Rouge and the Chat Noir, which served as creative hubs for cultural tastemakers.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is the only scheduled Canadian stop for this exhibition, providing a unique opportunity for Albertans to view such acclaimed and influential work. The exhibition, organized by Art Services International, will make its next stop at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida.

Also Closing—Amy Malbeuf: kayâs-ago
November 16 is also the last day for kayâs-ago, an installation by Alberta-born interdisciplinary artist Amy Malbeuf. This large-scale installation, the latest in the RBC New Works series, is comprised of caribou tufted text elements on illuminated panels. The textual elements include phrases in English, Cree and Michif.

BMO All Day Sunday – November 16, noon to 4 pm

Visitors to the AGA on November 16 will have the opportunity to participate in Stamp It!, a printmaking workshop, as part of the BMO All Day Sunday series. All Day Sunday activities are suitable for all ages and are free with Gallery admission.

Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 is presented at your AGA with the support of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power Corporation. This exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

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.

For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

Ramona Korpan, Communications Coordinator
T: 780.392.2468
E: Ramona.Korpan@youraga.ca

For Immediate Release
October 24, 2014

The Art Gallery of Alberta announces Shadow Play as the next Refinery party theme.

Edmonton. On November 15, 2014 the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) becomes a world of intrigue and enigma for its next Refinery late night art party, Shadow Play.

Shadow Play Refinery draws inspiration from the avant-garde shadow theatres of 19th-century Paris, as seen in the AGA exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910, and celebrates all that takes shape in the night.

The party will feature installations, performances and interactive art actvities themed around the exploration of light, dark and shadows. Highlights of the night include Cameraless Animation with Patrick Arés-Pilon; the premier performance of EXTENSIONS, a live film and audio production by Kyle Armstrong and Mark Templeton, as well as installations by Templeton that make innovative use of video feedback and projection techniques; large-scale macro photo installations by Leanne Olson and; and dance performances. Music will be provided by DJs Echo, Jaycie Jayce and Thomas Culture. Party goers will also be able to experiment with light painting, silhouette portraits and shadow projections at interactive art-making stations. Gallery access is covered in the ticket price and includes the following exhibitions:

  • Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910
  • A Moving Image
  • 90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta Part 2
  • Amy Malbeuf: kayâs-ago

    Dress inspiration for the night is fashion that either catches the light—metallics, sequins and shimmer—or casts a shadow—bold shapes and unusual silhouettes.

    Tickets for AGA members are now available for purchase; tickets go on sale to the general public on November 4.

    Shadow Play Refinery

    Saturday, November 15, 2014 9 pm–2 am | 18+
    $45/ $39 AGA Members
    2 for 1 Ultra Members

    ABOUT REFINERY LATE-NIGHT ART PARTIES
    Refinery is a series of late night art parties hosted by the Art Gallery of Alberta, typically themed around current exhibitions. Since the inaugural Refinery party in 2010, the series has become a staple of Edmonton nightlife, regularly attracting crowds 800+ attendees. 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.

    Media Contact:
    Ramona Korpan Communications Coordinator
    780.392.2468
    Ramona.korpan@youraga.ca

  • For Immediate Release
    November 3, 2014

    AGA Teams up with Breath in Poetry Collective and EPL for Poetry Slam

    Edmonton, AB… On November 5, 2014, for the first time ever, the Art Gallery of Alberta is turning the spotlight on the art of spoken word in a poetry slam, featuring amateur and seasoned poets from around the city.

    AGA Poetry Slam

    Wednesday, November 5
    6-7 pm Spoken Work Open Mic
    7-9 pm Poetry Slam

    The event will be cohosted by Edmonton’s Breath in Poetry Collective as well as EPL Writer in Residence, Jason Lee Norman. The winner of the slam will receive an AGA prize pack including admission passes and prizes from Shop AGA and Zinc, as well as $125 donated by the Breath in Poetry collective.

    The event will be divided into two portions: an open mic, which is open to all ages and does not require advance registration; and the poetry slam, a poetry competition featuring a lineup of contestants selected by the Breath in Poetry Collective. Subject matter for both portions of the night is left open to participants. Other features of the night include a mad-libs station, drink specials from Zinc, and draws for AGA passes and tickets to the upcoming Shadow Play Refinery on November 15.

    The Poetry Slam is part of the AGA’s Late Night Wednesdays series. Every Wednesday, the Gallery is open until 9 pm and often features collaborative events and activities with local community groups, organizations and artists to provide visitors with unique and interactive art experiences.

    For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

    Ramona Korpan, Communications Coordinator
    T: 780.392.2468
    E: Ramona.Korpan@youraga.ca

    For Immediate Release
    October 31, 2014

    New AGA exhibition highlights Edmonton’s burgeoning sound art scene.

    Edmonton… On November 7, 2014, the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) presents SONAR: Sound Explorations by Edmonton Artists, an exhibition of audio-based and sound related artworks, at the Enterprise Square Galleries.

    SONAR: Sound Explorations by Edmonton Artists explores genres of noise, electroacoustic, minimalist and experimental sound art through works and interactive installations. Many of the exhibiting artists have established careers as musicians, music producers or visual artists. SONAR provides a unique opportunity for audiences to experience their creativity in a new context. “Edmonton is a base for sound artists who are interested in exploring and pushing the technical and conceptual boundaries of their medium,” says curator Kristy Trinier. “The popularity of sound art here is fueled by a strong underground music scene.”

    The exhibition features the following artists:

  • Mackenzy Albright
  • Jessie Beier
  • Raylene Campbell
  • Cecil Frena & Matthew Skopyk
  • Gary James Joynes
  • Nulle Part (Ben Good & Jason Troock)
  • Shawn Pinchbeck
  • Leslie Sharpe
  • Scott Smallwood
  • Mark Templeton
  • Parker Thiessen

    An AGA members’ Opening Reception, including live sound art performances by Trio Latitude— featuring Gary James Joynes, Shawn Pinchbeck and Scott Smallwood; and Cecil Frena, will be held on Thursday November 6 at 6:30 pm.

    Media are Invited to Attend:
    SONAR: Sound Art Explorations by Edmonton Artists Opening Reception Thursday, November 6, 6:30 pm
    Enterprise Square Galleries, 10230 Jasper Avenue
    SONAR is presented as part of the AGA at Enterprise Square Galleries series and will be on view until December 20, 2014.

    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.

    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.

    Media Contact:

    Ramona Korpan Communications Coordinator 780.392.2468 Ramona.korpan@youraga.ca

  • Digital Media Coordinator

    The Digital Media Coordinator plays the primary role in the design, development and maintenance of the Art Gallery of Alberta’s (AGA) online communications and marketing, including the website, e-news and in-gallery digital media. The Digital Media Coordinator collaborates on the planning and execution of the AGA’s social media. Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, this position contributes to marketing planning for exhibitions, events and programs, and is a central support in communicating the AGA’s vision of connecting people with art, ideas and each other.

    We are looking for an energetic team player who is detail-oriented and extremely skilled at managing multiple projects and deadlines in a busy environment. The successful candidate will have an excellent understanding of social media and a knack for researching digital trends. The successful candidate will also have experience with online advertising and with applying print design to web. This position is well-suited for a person with interest in marketing and a passion for the arts. A minimum of 2 years of experience working in a similar role, along with a post-secondary education in a related field is required.

    Requirements

    • Working knowledge of HTML, Flash, Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office
    • Experience in Social Media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
    • Experience with online analytical tools such as Google Analytics
    • Familiarity with common Content Management Systems such as WordPress
    • Experience working with an electronic mail service
    • Demonstrated knowledge of overall website design, including usability, user-friendly design principles, industry standards, information architecture and navigation
    • Experience with online advertising design
    • Experience with print design and photography is an asset
    • Working knowledge of digital video is an asset
    • A minimum of 2 years of experience working in a similar role, along with a degree or diploma in design studies

    Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@youraga.ca
    Application deadline: November 21, 2014

    Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Design samples will be requested at the time of interview.

    Public Programs and Outreach Coordinator

    The Art Gallery of Alberta is looking for an innovative thinker who can help to build audiences and excitement through the development and delivery of an annual series of public programs that capture the public’s imagination and expand the experience of art and the museum.

    The Public Programs and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for the development and coordination of AGA public programs and community outreach activities. Reporting to the Executive Director/Chief Curator, the Public Programs and Outreach Coordinator will produce a schedule of public programs, events and community outreach activities that animate, complement and enhance AGA exhibitions and collections.

    Specific duties of the Public Programs and Outreach Coordinator include: the conceptual development, administration and implementation of programs including: artists’ talks, lectures, symposia, film screenings, performances, lunch hour programs as well as late night event programming. The Public Programs and Outreach Coordinator will also develop and oversee special community-based partnership initiatives and related special projects.

    Qualifications

    The successful candidate will possess a university degree in art or art history, a thorough knowledge of Canadian art history and issues in contemporary art; 5 years working experience in a museum, public art gallery and/or artist run centre as well as demonstrated experience in program development and delivery. Candidates will have an ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; strong organizational and administrative skills and the ability to work under general direction and within a team environment.

    Send applications to careers@youraga.ca

    or mail to:

    Human Resources Department
    Art Gallery of Alberta
    2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
    Edmonton, Alberta
    T5J 2C1

    Application deadline: November 20, 2014.
    Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

    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
    Dentons is a global firm driven to provide a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace. It was formed in March 2013 by the combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton. Dentons is built on the solid foundations of these three highly valued law firms. Each built an outstanding reputation and valued clientele by responding to the local, regional and national needs of a broad spectrum of clients of all sizes.

    Dentons’ clients benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and CIS, the UK and the US who are committed to challenging the status quo to offer creative business and legal solutions.

    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.