Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA to premiere new travelling exhibition featuring the work of three contemporary First Nations artists

For Immediate Release
November 29, 2011

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is proud to premiere ‘Our Wilderness is Wisdom…’, the most recent exhibition in the AGA’s Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program (TREX).The exhibition will be on view in the Ledcor Theatre Lobby from December 4, 2011 to January 2, 2012, after which it will travel throughout the province in 2012.

Metaphors have been used in storytelling throughout time to convey moral, religious and practical lessons. The ancestors of today’s First Nations people relied on the land and wilderness, respecting the Great Spirit or Creator through prayer. ‘Our Wilderness is Wisdom…’ features the work of First Nations artists Tanya Harnett, Alex Janvier and Curtis Johnson. These artists use their paintings as a voice to tell stories of the past, present and future.

This exhibition was curated by Heather Shillinglaw and organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program. The AFA Travelling Exhibition program is supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. This exhibition was generously funded by Syncrude Canada.

Media are invited to attend:

Opening Reception
Saturday, December 3, 1-4 pm

AGA TREX Curator/Manager, Shane Golby, exhibition curator Heather Shillinglaw and artists Tanya Harnett, Alex Janvier and Curtis Johnson will be available for interviews.

For more information about the TREX program, please visit


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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. 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.

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