Art Gallery of Alberta

Archive for 2014

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.

Summer Programs Coordinator (Student Position)

Temporary Full time Position; Young Canada Works Grant Program

Description

The Summer Programs Co-ordinator is a 16-week full-time position beginning May 12, 2014 and ending on August 29, 2014. The wage for this position is $18.00/hour at 35 hours per week. As a member of the Education Department at the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Summer Programs Coordinator will be an active member in planning, administering and delivering Summer ArtBreak Camps and Classes

Responsibilities

  • Administrative duties including, but not limited to data entry, filing, booking field trips, registering students and ordering supplies
  • Preparing and maintaining studio art spaces and storage spaces
  • Delivering interactive Gallery tours that follow set objectives for students ages 5–18 years
  • Developing and delivering studio lesson plans and activities
  • Performing research in order to have a through understanding of exhibitions
  • Attending training and orientation sessions as needed

    Qualifications

    The successful candidate will have the following:

    • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate university degree in Education, Fine Arts, Art History or related field. (Must be a student to apply)
    • Extensive experience working with children and youth including program development and delivery
    • Computer literacy with an extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is an asset
    • Knowledge of the Alberta Education Program of Study and current trends and research in Art Education
    • Knowledge and experience with art history and contemporary art-making practices
    • Studio art experience
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Proven ability to take initiative, manage projects and implement strategic plans

    Deadline

    April 18, 2014 at 5pm

    Please submit resumes by email to dara.armsden@youraga.ca or by mail to:

    Attn: Dara Armsden, Education Programs Manager
    Art Gallery of Alberta
    2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
    Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1

    No phone calls please. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • Education Programs Coordinator (Student Position)

    Temporary Full time Position; Young Canada Works Grant Program

    Description

    The Education Programs Co-ordinator is a 16-week full-time position beginning May 12, 2014 and ending on August 29, 2014. The wage for this position is $18.00/hour at 35 hours per week. Reporting to the Education Programs Manager, the Education Programs Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of school programs for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.

    Responsibilities

    • Researching and planning programming and activities for both in studio and in gallery
    • Researching and developing relevant resources for teachers
    • Researching and developing training materials
    • Delivering programming and assisting with strategic planning and development of new initiatives in the AGA Education Department

    Qualifications

    The successful candidate will have the following:

    • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate university degree in Education, Fine Arts, Art History or related field (Must be a student to apply)
    • Experience working in a gallery, museum or school environment and experience working with youth and kids
    • Experience planning, developing and implementing educational programs and activities
    • Computer literacy, with an extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is an asset
    • Knowledge of the Alberta Education Program of Study and current trends and research in Art Education
    • Superior knowledge and extensive experience with art history and contemporary art-making practices
    • Studio art experience
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Proven ability to take initiative, manage projects and implement strategic plans

    Deadline

    April 18, 2014 at 5pm
    Please submit resumes by email to dara.armsden@youraga.ca or by mail to:

    Attn: Dara Armsden, Education Programs Manager
    Art Gallery of Alberta
    2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
    Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1

    No phone calls please. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

    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

    TREX-ongoing

    Just announced! Megan James of Canada pop-synth duo Purity Ring to give rare piano performance at your AGA’s Cloud Nine Refinery!

    Limited number of public tickets now on sale for this must-attend event!

    Edmonton, AB (February 6/14)The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is thrilled to announce that Megan James from Canada pop-synth duo Purity Ring will give an exclusive piano performance as part of Cloud Nine Refinery late-night art party on February 15, 2014! James will also join former Edmonton Poet Laureate Cadence Weapon as one of the night’s DJs.

    A limited number of tickets to this must-attend event have been released to the public and can be purchased in person at AGA Member and Guest Services or online at youraga.ca.

    In addition to the performances by Megan James and Cadence Weapon, Cloud Nine Refinery will have guests feeling the love with two interactive art projects, one by Ashley Green of Love Letters 2 Strangers and the other by Ashley Yacyshyn, presented alongside a series of dreamy short film projections by local interdisciplinary artist Mo Ossobleh.

    Cloud Nine Refinery is inspired by the elevating elements of your AGA’s popular exhibition Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums. This exhibition features artworks by some of the greatest names in European art history including Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Titian and more, and vividly traces the achievements in Italian art over five centuries. The AGA is the only Canadian destination for this exhibition. It’s on view until March 9, 2014 and is organized by the American Federation of Art and Glasgow Museums.

    Refinery guests are invited to come looking heaven sent in glowing metallics and soft pastels. Visit your AGA’s Pinterest page for more dress inspiration.

    Cloud Nine Refinery
    Late-Night Art Party
    Saturday, February 15, 9 pm-2 am

    $45/$39 AGA Members | AGA Ultra Members 2 for 1 Tickets.
    Prices do not include GST. Tickets available for purchase in-person at AGA Member & Guest Services or online at youraga.ca. Refinery is an 18+ event. Guests will be asked for ID at the door.


    For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

    Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
    T: 780.392.2468 E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@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 Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

    Paris and Toronto host AGA Partnership Projects, opening this weekend.

    For Immediate Release
    February 7, 2014

    Edmonton, AB (February 7/14) – The award-winning exhibition TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980, co-organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), opens today at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, France under the new title Get Hold of This Space: A Geography of Conceptual Art in Canada. This is the first major exhibition to explore the development of conceptual art in Canada in the period from 1965-1980.

    Over 50 artists and collectives are featured, including Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, General Idea, Raymond Gervais, Rodney Graham, Image Bank (Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov), Garry Neill Kennedy, N.E. Thing Co., Rober Racine, Michael Snow, Françoise Sullivan, Ian Wallace and Joyce Wieland to name just a few. This exhibition examines how conceptual art in Canada developed within certain local and geographic areas and how it came to represent the interests of the individual artists, collectives and art communities. The exhibition will be presented in two parts. The first, opening today and is on view until April 25, 2014, focuses on the criticism of institutions and the development of networks—particularly those through magazines and artist-run centres. The second part runs from May 19-September 5, 2014 and explores the political, cultural and social dimensions of the vast geographic distances that exist in Canada.

    The original exhibition, TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980, was co-curated by AGA Executive Director / Chief Curator, Catherine Crowston, in partnership with a team of other Canadian curators: Grant Arnold, Barbara Fischer, Michèle Thériault, Vincent Bonin and Jayne Wark and organized by the AGA, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto and the Vancouver Art Gallery, with the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University; Halifax INK and the support of the University of Toronto Art Centre; Blackwood Gallery and the Doris McCarthy Gallery. The exhibition toured across Canada in 2010 and 2011, and in 2013, was awarded the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions from the Canadian Museums Association. The exhibition and accompanying publication were produced with the assistance of the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

    The AGA is also pleased to announce that Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque, an exhibition organized by the AGA in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, will open at Toronto’s Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MOCCA) on Saturday, February 8 and is on view until April 6, 2014. This exhibition showcases artworks by six international contemporary artists who have drawn upon aspects of the historical Baroque: David Altmejd; Mark Bradford; Lee Bul; Bharti Kher; Tricia Middleton and Yinka Shonibare, MBE. It is co-curated by AGA Executive Director / Chief Curator Catherine Crowston; Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada; and Jonathan Shaughnessy, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada. The exhibition debuted at the AGA in Edmonton in the fall of 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.

    For Immediate Release
    January 21, 2014

    Float away on Cloud Nine—your AGA’s first Refinery late-night art party of 2014!

    Tickets to this must-attend party on sale to AGA Members today!

    Edmonton, AB (January 21/14)The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale to AGA Members for the first Refinery late-night art party of 2014—Cloud Nine Refinery! Remaining tickets, if available, will be on sale to the public on February 4 at 10 am. Tickets and AGA Memberships are available in-person at AGA Member and Guest Services or online at youraga.ca.

    Inspired by the elevating elements of the AGA’s popular current exhibition Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums, Cloud Nine Refinery promises to be a night of dreamy visuals, dynamic music and performances and art projects with heart.

    Move to the beats of Megan James of Canadian synth-pop duo Purity Ring. Revel in an alternate reality discotheque created by former Edmonton Poet Laureate Cadence Weapon. Share the love in a collaborative art installation by Ashley Green of Love Letters 2 Strangers, let the light reveal your love fortune in an interactive project by Andrea Yacyshyn and be seduced by short film projections by Edmonton multidisciplinary artist Mo Ossobleh.

    There is no formal dress code, but Refinery guests can come looking heaven sent in glowing metallics or ethereal pastels. Your AGA has a Pinterest page for dress inspiration.

    For more information on the Cloud Nine program and for contributor bios please visit youraga.ca/CloudNine.

    Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums, organized by the American Federation of Art and Glasgow Museums, features artworks by some of the greatest names in European art history including Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Titian and more, and vividly traces the achievements in Italian art over five centuries. The AGA is the only Canadian destination for this exhibition. It’s on view until March 9, 2014.

    Cloud Nine Refinery
    Late-Night Art Party Saturday, February 15, 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 January 21; public tickets on sale February 4.
    Tickets available for purchase in-person at AGA Member & Guest Services or online at youraga.ca. 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.


    For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

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

    For Immediate Release
    January 22, 2014

    Your AGA kicks off 2014 with a new exhibition celebrating the remarkable work of nationally renowned Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne.

    Edmonton, AB (January 22/14)The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is thrilled to announce a new exhibition featuring the work of Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne, which will be on view from February 1-April 27, 2014. Entitled Bowerbird, Life as Art, this exhibition is a survey of Osborne’s nearly 40-year career.

    EXCLUSIVE MEDIA PREVIEW

    LYNDAL OSBORNE: Bowerbird, Life as Art
    Friday, January 31, 1 pm, Art Gallery of Alberta, Level 3

    Remarks by:
    Catherine Crowston, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
    Lyndal Osborne, Artist

    Interviews and exhibition access are available following the opening remarks.

    “Lyndal Osborne has played a significant role in the development of Alberta’s visual arts community. She’s made great contributions to our province’s cultural heritage,” says Catherine Crowston, AGA Executive Director and Chief Curator. “Osborne was instrumental in establishing the printmaking program at the University of Alberta, where she taught for decades, inspiring generations of Alberta artists. We’re thrilled to organize this exhibition by such an influential Edmonton artist.”

    Bowerbird, Life as Art showcases Osborne’s diverse body of work—beginning with large airbrush drawings from the mid-1970s and a selection of print works that were created between 1975 and 1995. In 1995, Osborne’s creative focus shifted to the complex, multi-dimensional installations that she is now known for, and it was these large-scale sculptural creations that brought her work greater public and critical awareness.

    Densely woven and deeply layered constructions, Osborne’s sculptures are made of natural materials and found objects sourced from her vast personal collection, which have been gathered from as far away as her native Australia to the prairies of her current home in Alberta. Through observing, collecting and manipulating these found materials, Osborne enhances one’s understanding of the natural world and asks us to question our place within it. Her work also expresses the artist’s interest and growing concern for the environment and addresses issues such as, genetic modification, global warming, urbanization and the effects of industry on the land. By incorporating industrial and technological objects and processes into her work—Osborne’s installations speak to the diversity and complexity of nature but also question the consequences of human intervention.

    Lyndal Osborne has been exhibiting in Canada and around the world since the early 1970s and has been featured in over 350 exhibitions worldwide. Her work is also on display in the current BMO World of Creativity: Cabinets of Curiosity at the AGA.

    Join Lyndal Osborne for a special pre-opening artist’s talk on Friday, January 31 at 6 pm where she will discuss her nearly four-decade long career. Tickets for this talk are $15 for the general public and Free for AGA Members. Tickets are limited and must be purchased or reserved in advance. Please visit youraga.ca.

    LYNDAL OSBORNE: Bowerbird, Life as Art is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and curated by Catherine Crowston.


    For media information and to RSVP for the Media Preview please contact:

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

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


    Public Programs and Events

    Events

    Members’ Opening Reception
    Friday, January 31, 7:30 pm
    AGA Members and VIPs Only

    Public Programs

    Special Pre-Opening Artist Talk
    The AGA Presents: Lyndal Osborne
    Friday, January 31, 6 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.

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