Art Gallery of Alberta

Acting Executive Director appointed as AGA enters exciting 2012 exhibition season

Acting Executive Director appointed as AGA enters exciting 2012 exhibition season

For Immediate Release
December 9, 2011

EDMONTON, AB – Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) announced that Catherine Crowston has been appointed Acting Executive Director effective January 1, 2012. Crowston is currently the Deputy Director and Chief Curator, of the AGA. Outgoing Executive Director, Gilles Hébert announced his resignation and acceptance of the senior executive position of Vice-President of Museum Practice with Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg in early November.

Crowston will also continue as Chief Curator for the Gallery. She joined the AGA in 1997 as Senior Curator, and was made Deputy Director and Chief Curator in 2006. Crowston also currently serves as Vice-Chair of the City of Edmonton Public Art Committee and is a member of the University of Alberta’s Festival of Ideas Advisory Board.

“We are delighted that Catherine has agreed to assume the responsibilities of Executive Director. We know that she will ensure that the AGA continues to deliver the high standard of exhibitions and programs that our members and guests have come to expect. For more than a decade, Catherine has been the driving force responsible for the outstanding exhibitions presented at the AGA,” says, Board of Directors Chair, Barry Zalmanowitz, Q.C..

“Catherine is one of the top curators in Canada, with countless curatorial accolades and strong business acumen; she will provide sound management and distinct flair to the administration and curatorial responsibilities of the Gallery. We look forward to a bold and exciting new year for the AGA and our members, visitors and corporate, government and community partners.”

“2012 will be one of the Gallery’s most dynamic seasons yet,” says Crowston.  “From Icons of Modernism featuring masterworks of the early 20th century by Cezanne, Dali, Mondrian, Picasso and others to Rearview Mirror: New Art from Central & Eastern Europe and the pop culture inspired sculptures and paintings of Calgary artist Chris Millar, AGA exhibitions will continue to engage, challenge and entertain visitors from Edmonton, Alberta and around the world.” 

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 AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opened to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc restaurant; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.

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.


Media Contacts:

Barry Zalmanowitz, Q.C., Board of Directors Chair, AGA
T: 780.423.7344 E:

Catherine Crowston, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, AGA
T: 780.392.2471 E:

Alison Bulloch, Media Relations & Communications Coordinator
T: 780.392.2468 C: 780.819.9993 E: