Art Gallery of Alberta

Ruth Burns and Mary-Beth Laviolette

High Adventure

In-Gallery Talk with Ruth Burns and Mary-Beth Laviolette
Saturday, March 29, 2 pm
Exhibition Space, Second Level
Free with Gallery Admission

Join us as co-curators Ruth Burns and Mary-Beth Laviolette walk us through the work on display in the new exhibition High Adventure: Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefield, 1924.

Ruth Burns is the former Associate Curator / Interpretive Programs Manager at the Art Gallery of Alberta. She holds a BA and MA in Art History from McGill University, and was a founder and editor of the visual arts magazine Locus Suspectus. Recent exhibitions that Burns has curated include IMPRINT: Contemporary Art from the AGA Collection (co-curator), Art School: Banff 1947 and A New Light: Canadian Art and Impressionism.

Mary-Beth Laviolette is an independent curator, art writer and public speaker. Since 1982, the Edmonton-born writer has worked extensively in the visual arts. She is the author of An Alberta Art Chronicle: Adventures in Recent and Contemporary Art (2005) and is the co-author of Alberta Art and Artists: An Overview (2007). In addition, as a writer/broadcaster she spent fifteen years with CBC Radio in Ottawa, Toronto & Calgary covering the arts.

She has curated several exhibitions for public art galleries in Alberta and has written reviews and other material for the Calgary Herald, Canadian Art, GalleriesWest, Studio and other publications. One of her most recent exhibition, Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935-1975 was displayed at the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton) in 2012. In 2013, she curated a large survey of 1960’s art in Calgary for Glenbow Museum. In addition, last year her third book, A Delicate Art: Artists, Wildflowers and Native Plants of the West was published.