Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA announces winning project for Manning Hall commission

AGA announces winning project for Manning Hall commission

Edmonton artist Dara Humniski to create new work for Gallery’s main floor hall

For Immediate Release
September 20, 2011

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to announce that Edmonton artist Dara Humniski has been awarded the commission for the Art Gallery of Alberta’s Manning Hall. Humniski will create a new temporary installation for the AGA’s main floor space, which will be open to the public on November 20, 2011. A special sneak preview will take place at the AGA’s next Refinery party on Saturday, November 19. The exhibition will remain on view until Sunday, May 20, 2012. Admission to the AGA’s Manning Hall is free. 

On May 20, 2011, the AGA announced a one stage competition open to Alberta artists, for the creation of a temporary installation in the Gallery’s Ernest C. Manning Hall. A jury appointed by the AGA selected the winning proposal.

“The Manning Hall Commission project was conceived as a new opportunity for the AGA to feature the work of contemporary Alberta artists” said Deputy Director / Chief Curator Catherine Crowston.

DARA HUMNISKI: Mass comprises three large murals that are hand-drawn with brush and ink directly on the walls of the AGA’s Manning Hall. The drawings each reference different cloud formations, and recall images of large Alberta skies. The idea of contrasting the relationship between interior and exterior space was inspired by the architecture of the AGA itself, and the way in which the building visually opens itself to the exterior environment.

Dara Humniski is an Edmonton-based artist and designer. Since graduating from the University of Alberta’s Industrial Design program in 2004, she has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and garnered national attention for her design work with Loyal Loot Collective. Humniski also works with the Edmonton Arts Council as a Public Art Program Officer.

The Art Gallery of Alberta’s Ernest C. Manning Hall is a multi-use space which hosts large scale public and private events and programs. Manning Hall is open to the public and can be accessed without paid admission.

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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 and 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.


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