Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA Curator Kristy Trinier recognized as one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40


Written by Lynda Vang

On November 1, the AGA’s very own Kristy Trinier was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40. Kristy is a Curator at the AGA and has been instrumental in cultivating the local arts community with her work here at the AGA and in her previous role as Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council.

We are very proud of our hard-working colleague and friend, so we asked Kristy a few questions about being recognized by Avenue Magazine.

How do you feel about being named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40?

It’s humbling to be named one of the Top 40, especially by my peers. It’s a kindness from our community that has so many energetic and inspiring individuals, each working to provide the right conditions for artists to thrive within the city.

Before becoming a Curator at the AGA you were the Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council, where you managed the City’s public art collection. What role do you think art plays in public spaces?

I do believe that art in public space demonstrates how open-minded and accepting a city is towards their arts community. I hope to live in a city with a very diverse collection of artworks by artists of many backgrounds. Art can humanize neighbourhoods, and as the community evolves around the work, you can begin to associate an artwork with a place. This can develop into a collective cultural memory that, over time, extends beyond the physical attributes of a typical street or a plaza.

You are currently pursuing your PhD at the European Graduate School and also were an artist; what are your interests? How do you want your work to resonate with audiences?

My own artistic practice focused on sound art, performance and installation that worked through concepts of duration and presence. Most of these projects were testing the idea of the transient: something that has the potential to produce results beyond itself, to pass in and out of one state of being and still retain its meaning.

My curatorial practice and work implementing public art is still in alignment with this central interest in making work that has a generative, cumulative effect on those that experience it, over time.

You are actively involved in the local arts community. How would you describe Edmonton’s arts community?

Edmonton’s art community is generous. Resources are shared and reciprocity is found here, which has a tremendous value towards an arts ecology.

What projects are you working on that you are most excited about?

I’m really looking forward to the upcoming exhibitions: an evocative installation by Hannah Doerksen opens December 2nd, and Survival Guide opens January 27th, 2017 with works by international and Canadian artists that examine survivalist strategies within a contemporary art context. The 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is also just around the corner; it opens at the AGA in May 2017.