Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA & AFA Art Commission

Art Gallery of Alberta and Alberta Foundation for the Arts announce public art commission for new Gallery

Original work to become part of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ collection

December 08, 2009

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The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) announced today an Alberta-wide art competition for a new work of art to animate the third floor, outdoor terrace of the new AGA building. The work will be displayed on The City of Edmonton Terrace at the AGA for approximately five years and will be part of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ collection.

The Competition Coordinator and AGA Deputy Director/Chief Curator Catherine Crowston explains the significance of the competition.

“This commission is a wonderful opportunity for the AGA and the Government of Alberta, through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, to work in partnership to support the creation and exhibition of a new work by an Alberta artist.”

The competition is open to all artists who are currently full-time residents of Alberta and will roll out in two stages. The first stage will consist of the submission of a proposal, including a written description of the proposed concept(s), a maximum of four sketches, drawings or computer renderings, and a production budget. The deadline for stage one submissions is 2 p.m. (MST) on Friday, February 19, 2010. A jury of arts professionals will review all Stage One proposals and will recommend a short list of the most promising submissions for the Gallery site.  This selection of Stage Two Finalists will be announced by the AGA in mid-March, 2010.

For more information on the site and competition details, please visit the AGA website.

A crown agency of the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) was established in 1991 with a mandate to support and contribute to the development of the arts in Alberta. It replaced the Alberta Art Foundation, the Alberta Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts, and the arts and cultural industries grant programs of Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism.

Established in 1972, the art collection continues to grow and represents some of the finest art created by Alberta artists.  Today there are over 7500 artworks in the collection, showcasing the creative talents of more than 1,700 artists.

This unique provincial art collection reflects the development of the vibrant visual arts community in the province and has become an important cultural and historical legacy for Albertans.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is creating a new gallery—a “New Vision” for Alberta’s capital. After a global architectural competition, Los Angeles based Randall Stout Architects, Inc. was selected to design the new gallery. With opening exhibitions in early 2010, the new AGA will be an 85,000 square foot premier presentation venue for international and Canadian art, education and scholarship. The new AGA will be a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada in the 21st century, expressing the creative spirit of Alberta and connecting people, art and ideas.


Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the only museum in the province strictly devoted to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. Serving both the city of Edmonton and the province of Alberta, the Gallery maintains a collection of nearly 6,000 objects. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art; on building national and international curatorial partnerships for the creation of new exhibition projects; and on the development and delivery of a program of touring exhibitions that disseminate contemporary and historical art within Alberta and across Canada.

The AGA is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the generous support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The Art Gallery of Alberta 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.

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