Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA celebrates new building’s first anniversary

AGA celebrates new building’s first anniversary

Book release, performances and giveaways mark the occasion

January 26, 2011

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is looking forward to celebrating its first anniversary of the opening of its new building with a weekend of celebration.

The public is invited to attend a day of special programming on Sunday, January 30, 2011. The day includes the launch of the official AGA building book, presentations by local arts organizations, exhibition tours, as well as cupcakes for the first 500 visitors. The AGA is also inviting the public to contribute to ‘Show us your AGA’, an online photo album celebrating the new Gallery. Photos may be uploaded to

The anniversary weekend also includes a donor appreciation reception on Saturday, January 29 and a reception for business and community leaders on Monday, January 31, where His Worship, Mayor Stephen Mandel will bring greetings from the City. The Saturday and Monday events are by invitation only; media are invited to attend.

“We are so proud to celebrate this milestone”, says Gilles Hébert, AGA Executive Director, “and would like to share this occasion with the community that helped make it happen. The people of Alberta have shown us great support. Our first year in the new building has exceeded our expectations, and the future looks just as bright. We invite everyone to come by the Gallery and celebrate the arts in our community!”

Between 11:30 am and 5 pm on Sunday, January 30, presentations by the Citadel Theatre, Alberta Ballet and the Edmonton Opera will take place. As a special thank you, the Gallery will give the first 500 Members who visit a small token of appreciation.

The AGA will also launch a commemorative book documenting the construction of the new building and the history of the Gallery. The 184-page hard cover, full-colour publication includes a photo essay by renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. The Los Angeles architect behind the design and a contributor to the book, Randall Stout, will conduct a book signing from 2-4 pm. The book signing and presentations are free to the public and take place in the main floor Ernest C. Manning Hall.

Exhibition tours will take place throughout the day, beginning at 1:30 pm with a tour of HENRI MATISSE: A Celebration of Light and Line. A tour of the new exhibition, BRIAN JUNGEN, which opens on Saturday, January 29, will take place at 3:30 pm. Tours are free with Gallery admission.

Also on Sunday, January 30, Zinc will be offering a special first anniversary brunch menu from 11 am-2 pm. The restaurant will also be celebrating throughout the month of February by offering a ‘Zinc favourites’ menu, featuring one full year of their most popular seasonal dishes. Reservations can be made at 780.392.2501 or online at

Since the opening of the new building in early 2010, more than 110,000 people have visited the AGA; quadruple the number of visitors in 2009. Membership has grown from 1650 to over 5,300 in the last year. In 2010, the AGA presented 17 exhibitions, complemented by a wide range of interpretive and educational programs such as talks, lectures, films, tours and classes. Nearly 15,000 students took part in AGA school programs in 2010.

The AGA has received numerous awards, including the Metal Construction Association’s President’s Award for Overall Excellence, Institutional Winner of Alberta Construction Magazine 2009 Top Projects and the 2010 Edmonton Economic Development Corporation’s Recognition Excellence Award.

For more details about the AGA’s anniversary programming and a recap of 2010 figures please visit our website,

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.


For media information, please contact:

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

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 Kit

Media Release (PDF 68KB)

Anniversary Events (PDF 632KB)

Anniversary Stats (PDF 1.5MB)

Building Book (PDF 332KB)

Contact Sheet (PDF 104KB)