Art Gallery of Alberta

For Immediate Release
June 14, 2011

EDMONTON, ABThe Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is helping to fill Edmonton’s Food Bank throughout the summer with a Soup Can Drive, held in conjunction with the recently opened exhibition ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured.

The AGA is encouraging visitors to bring cans of soup (or other non-perishable food items) throughout the run of the exhibition, which is on view until August 21, 2011. AGA visitors can also purchase oversized cans of Campbell’s Soup to donate at the Gallery’s Shop AGA, with net proceeds donated to Edmonton’s Food Bank as well.

“The AGA is committed to contributing to a caring and a vibrant community” says AGA Executive Director Gilles Hébert. “With this exhibition, we saw an opportunity to use the well-known connection between Andy Warhol and Campbell’s Soup to raise awareness, food and funds for Edmonton’s Food Bank. We are proud to support this organization.”

Edmonton’s Food Bank experiences a challenge during the summer months when many Edmontonians are on vacation, which means donations are especially important this time of year. More information about the Edmonton Food Bank is available at edmontonsfoodbank.com.

About the Art Gallery of Alberta
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.

About Edmonton’s Food Bank
Edmonton’s Food Bank envisions our community without hunger. We are committed to addressing the immediate food needs of individuals and families while working with the community in seeking solutions to the causes of hunger. While supporting more than 190 agencies, churches, soup kitchens and food depots, Edmonton’s Food Bank serves more than 300,000 snacks and meals every month and helps more than 15,000 individuals through our hamper program, 40 per cent of whom are children.

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For media information about the AGA, please contact:
Alison Bulloch Media Relations & Communications Coordinator
T: 780.392.2468 E: alison.bulloch@youraga.ca

For more Information about Edmonton’s Food Bank, please contact:
Marjorie Bencz CM, Executive Director or Kelly Cailliau Resource Development Coordinator
T: 780 425 2133 E: coordinator@edmontonsfoodbank.com

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.