Art Gallery of Alberta

2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art

Since 1996, the Art Gallery of Alberta has presented the Alberta Biennial as a survey of contemporary art from across the province. Since its inception, the exhibition has presented new and exciting works by 145 Alberta contemporary artists, serving to promote Alberta artists across the country and bringing national attention to Alberta’s art scene. In 2017, we are celebrating the Biennial’s 10th year.

The 10th Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is generously sponsored by ATB Financial.

The exhibition

The Art Gallery of Alberta and Banff Centre for Art and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery are jointly organizing and co-presenting the 10th Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. The exhibition will exist in two parts and open in the summer of 2017 at the Walter Phillips Gallery and at the Art Gallery of Alberta on May 26, 2017, with public programming at both sites throughout the exhibition’s duration.

This exhibition is curated by Kristy Trinier and Peta Rake, and jointly organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and Banff Centre for Art and Creativity.

Collaborative sessions planned at The Banff Centre

The cohort of artists will meet this summer with the curators for the Alberta Biennial Sessions, an intensive series of workshops at The Banff Centre to further develop their artworks and expound upon the exhibition themes.

This is the first time that artists have been brought together in such a way prior to the Biennial.

About the Curators

Kristy Trinier is a Curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Trinier curated Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, as well as exhibitions at the AGA and Enterprise Square Galleries. Her previous roles include Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council, where she managed the City of Edmonton’s Public Art Collection, related exhibitions and public art programs and Grant Writer at The Banff Centre.

Trinier has written for Canadian Art, Momus and other arts publications. She holds a Bachelors degree in Visual Art and English from the University of Victoria, and a Masters degree in Public Art from the Dutch Art Institute (DAI, ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) as a Huygens scholar in The Netherlands.

Peta Rake is the Curator of Walter Phillips Gallery and the Banff International Curatorial Institute at The Banff Centre. She has curated exhibitions at ISCP (New York), Oakland Museum of California (Oakland), CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art (San Francisco), Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco) and the Esker Foundation (Calgary). She writes regularly for C Magazine and her texts have appeared in Canadian Art, Fillip, and Blackflash among others.

She has previously worked at California College of the Arts and Steven Leiber Archive (San Francisco) and the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane). She holds a Masters in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts, a Bachelors degree in Creative Industries from Queensland University of Technology and was the 2014 Curator Award recipient from ISCP in New York.


Ashley Bedet b. Calgary, based in Calgary
Devon Beggs b. Edmonton, based in Edmonton
Andrew Buszchak b. Brantford, Ontario, based in Edmonton
Roy Caussy b. Hamilton, Ontario, based in Lethbridge
Mark Clintberg b. Edmonton, based in Calgary
Gerry Dotto b. Edmonton, based in Sherwood Park
Craig Fahner & Neal Moignard b. Calgary, based in Calgary & b. Adelaide, Australia, based in Calgary
Svea Ferguson b. Calgary, based in Calgary
Megan Green b. St. John’s, Newfoundland, based in Fort McMurray
Tia Halliday b. Calgary, based in Calgary
Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal b. Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, based in Saddle Lake Cree Nation/ Calgary
Kristopher Karklin b. Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, based in Calgary
Taryn Kneteman b. Edmonton, based in Edmonton
Kristopher Lindskoog b. Edmonton, based in Calgary
Jay Mosher b. Red Deer, based in Calgary
Wil Murray b. Calgary, based in Okotoks/ Berlin, Germany
Justin Patterson & Stacey Watson b. Brooks, based in Calgary/Vancouver, British Columbia & b. Washington, D.C., based in Calgary
Paul Robert b. Calgary, based in Calgary
Marigold Santos b. Manila, Philippines, based in Calgary/ Montréal, Quebec
Parker Thiessen b. Beaverlodge, based in Edmonton
Justin Waddell b. Toronto, Ontario, based in Calgary
Nicole Kelly Westman b. Red Deer, based in Calgary