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The Art Gallery of Alberta is pleased to announce an open, one-stage competition for a temporary wall-based installation in Manning Hall on the first floor of Art Gallery of Alberta in 2018/2019 The commissioned artwork will be on temporary display at the Art Gallery of Alberta from February 17, 2018 to early 2019 (exact dates to be determined). Manning Hall is used by the AGA for large scale public events and programs such as AGARead More
for the time being: 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is a momentary masterpiece By Jodie McRobbie for the time being: 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is open all summer! This year marks the Alberta Biennial’s 10th anniversary. On the afternoon prior to the opening, I had the opportunity to speak to some of the artists and curators involved in creating the exhibition to find out what makes this biennial special. The curation processRead More
Sean works in print, drawing, artist’s books and installation, often exploring the impact of industry/technology on nature, and the intersection of art and science. He is also a Centennial Professor at the University of Alberta where he teaches printmaking, and is a past president of the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists. He credits the AGA (then the Edmonton Art Gallery) with transforming his outlook on art when he was studying at the University of Alberta.Read More

An unexpected alliance

Art and energy unite in Imperial Art to celebrate Canada’s 150 Canadian art and Canadian oil–two distinct components of our nation’s heritage–come together through Imperial Oil’s “Imperial Art” initiative. In honour of Canada’s 150th year, Imperial Oil has donated $6 million in artwork to galleries across the nation. Imperial Oil, an integrated energy company, has been in existence almost as long as Canada has been a country. Founded in 1880, the company takes pride inRead More

A visit to Atelier

Photo credit: M.N. Hutchinson A guest blog from volunteer Leanne Miller on her family’s experience in our makerspace. I didn’t know what to expect walking through the glass doors into BMO World of Creativity: Atelier. As it turns out, this fun makerspace is full of opportunity for children and parents alike. Atelier is highly interactive, and our engaging host, Roger, was keen to help us create! Our first mission: create a thaumatrope. At the start,Read More
Head Preparator For most of us, we see artworks installed at the AGA and are moved by them. But it’s Dani Rice and her team doing the moving, working behind the scenes to carefully install all artwork in the three weeks between exhibitions. Since joining the AGA in 2009, Dani has dealt with a lot of questions: “I often explain what a preparator does because it’s specific to museums and galleries.” More often though, she’sRead More
Madeleine Arnett, Fervor, 2016. Image courtesy of artist.   Showcase participant An Edmonton artist, Madeleine Arnett “thought it was a wonderful opportunity” when she first heard about SHOWCASE: small spaces/big ideas. “I loved that it was designed to match the building, and that it was a constellation of small exhibition spaces open to all.” A frequent participant, Madeleine loves the eclecticism of each booking period. “You never know what to expect: paintings, sculptures, baskets, booksRead More

Can you feel the Vibe?

Palaganas, Deanna. Eva Foote. 2017.Photograph A first person account of AGA’s monthly live music series and post-work wind down Written by: Deanna Palaganas Looking for something to do on a Friday Night? Once a month, come spend your Friday evening at the AGA for Vibe and enjoy live music from some of Edmonton’s finest artsts, cocktails and snacks from Zinc and participate in art activities led by a featured artist or AGA educators. Vibe occursRead More
What’s ahead this month at your AGA Experience all your AGA has to offer this summer. This June, we invite you to get curious about art with the opening of two new exhibitions: Gretzky is Everywhere and Past Imperfect: A Canadian History Project. Take part in a virtual experience with Gretzky is Everywhere, where Andy Warhol’s famous print Wayne Gretzky #99 and art institutions across Canada are linked by live stream. Then explore Past ImperfectRead More
Image credit: John Freeman, Close Rose, Watercolour on paper. By Kate Knowles The latest in a series of posts featuring artists and works in the Art Rentals and Sales Gallery John Freeman “Go west, young man.” Perhaps Greeley’s famous phrase echoed somewhere in artist John Freeman’s head when he moved to Alberta from Ontario as a child. Within the wild, windy Albertan landscapes, John found something that inspired him to stay, for here he hasRead More
By Kate Knowles Let Albertan artist Darcy Gusse Edinga draw you into the delicate, shimmering world of hand-painted Silk Concepts scarves and silk art compositions. From a young age, she knew she was destined to be an artist. Inspired by textiles at an early age, she is still happiest when creating her hand-painted silk wearable art scarves or her unique silk art compositions. Darcy is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Clothing and Textiles program.Read More

An atmosphere for art

May Vibe featured artist: Eva Foote By Jodie McRobbie Eva Foote writes songs and sings them, and she’s coming your way for the next AGA Vibe party on Friday, May 19. Music has defined much of Eva’s life. With a bluegrass musician father and a family from Louisiana, Eva reminisces “there was always a honky-tonk, bluegrass or folk album playing around the house.” She admits that style of music has been a grounding force forRead More
Image credit: Evan Penny. Self Portrait after Géricault’s Fragments Anatomiques, 2017 Pigmented. silicone, fabric, resin, wood. 57 x 78 x 18 inches. Photo:  Dimitri Levanoff. Courtesy: TrépanierBaer Gallery By Catherine Crowston and Laura Ritchie Q: We understand that this new show features new sculptural work, yet your practice of the past 15 years has involved an inquiry into or an exploration of the expectation of truth within photography. Is that something that continues to be a factor in your work, and in thisRead More
It’s all happening this month at your AGA! Survival Guide closes with a final performance; Vibe warms up with live music, tapas and drinks; bidders get ready to party with purpose at Art on the Block; art lovers build and create in Art & Motion; and visitors are invited to explore a special Alberta Biennial edition of Art for Lunch. To participate in your AGA’s programming, events and education classes is easy and fun. WithRead More
Antti Laitinen, Bark Boat, 2010. HD video still. Courtesy of the Artist. By Lynda Vang In the current landscape of shifting political, economic and environmental challenges, Survival Guide is an exhibition that invites repeat visits. Featuring photographic, print, sculpture, video and performance artworks, Survival Guide examines strategies for survival within a contemporary art context. As the exhibition nears its end, we take a look a back at a few highlights from the exhibition and theRead More

Behind The Looking Glass

  Written by Lynda Vang The Looking Glass is a portrait exhibition that opened on March 11. This exhibition includes works from the AGA collection, the exhibition features paintings, photographs and sculpture by artists since the 19th century such as Walker Evans, Joe Fafard, Käthe Kollwitz and Andy Warhol. We met up with curator Laura Ritchie for some insights into The Looking Glass. “I’m always excited to look into our collection to see what stories canRead More
Free admission for youth under 18 and for Alberta students 18+ The Art Gallery of Alberta is pleased to announce that beginning March 28, all children, youth under 18, and Alberta’s students will have free access to the gallery. From March 28 onwards, admission to the AGA during regular operating hours will be free for anyone: Under 18 years of age; and 18+ with valid Alberta student ID. The AGA’s regular operating hours are weekendsRead More
Evan Penny (Canadian, b.1953, Self-Portrait, Variation #3, 2012 Hair, pigment, silicone and aluminum. Courtesy of Evan Penny and TrépanierBaer Gallery. Evan Penny: Ask Your Body Curated by Michael Short Chiesa di San Samuele, Venice, Italy May–November 2017 Reception: May 10, 4 – 7 pm TrépanierBaer and the Art Gallery of Alberta are delighted to announce Evan Penny: Ask Your Body, an exhibition of new and recent sculptures by the esteemed international Canadian artist Evan Penny.Read More
  Fuel your creativity this spring! At the Art Gallery of Alberta, we provide you with enriching programming and education classes that invite you to look closely at art, take on interactive activities in the galleries, watch films, explore exhibitions and learn together. This March and April, your AGA invites you to enjoy a series of after-work pop-up live music shows, ArtBreak Camps, weekly art activities and more. Your AGA’s programs offer something for everyone.Read More
Written by: Kate Knowles This is the latest installment in a series about Art Rentals and Sales artists and their works. Artist Jim Davies has an uncanny ability to create beautiful visual stories. Like a fine art photographer, Davies plays with light and shadow in all his paintings, creating soft, warm realms of colour and shape within his landscapes. He turns the familiar Albertan sceneries you know and love into mysterious places, where imagination andRead More