Art Gallery of Alberta

Alberta’s dynamic contemporary art scene the focus of major new AGA exhibition

Alberta’s dynamic contemporary art scene the focus of major new AGA exhibition

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2013 

Edmonton, AB  – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is proud to present new works by 36 emerging and established Alberta artist from Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge and several other communities across the province in The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art from January 26-May 5, 2013.

Guest-curated by Alberta-based, award-winning art critic and curator Nancy Tousley, The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is the eighth incarnation of the Alberta Biennial. This is one of the AGA’s most diverse Biennials to date, featuring painting, sculpture, installation, photography and animation, as well as a film, video and performance program.

The theme of this Alberta Biennial addresses the demise of Regionalism in an era of economic globalism and the renewed impact of ‘place’ on visual art production. The old centre-periphery model of Regionalism is no longer applicable here. With a mature acceptance and consideration of place, Alberta artists working in the second decade of the 21st century are forming their identities around the locations in which they choose to live and work. Yet, now more than ever, they are aware of and connected to the larger art worlds in which they participate. To reverse the terms of a popular catchphrase, they think locally and act globally.

Tousley reviewed 164 portfolios and conducted 62 studio visits across the province before selecting these 36 artists whose works are featured in the 2013 Alberta Biennial:

  • Trevor Anderson, Edmonton
  • Kyle Armstrong, Edmonton
  • Noel Bégin, Calgary
  • Elisabeth Belliveau, Grande Prairie Richard Brown, Calgary
  • Eric Cameron, Calgary
  • Bruno Canadien, Black Diamond
  • Sherri Chaba, Edmonton
  • Chris Cran, Calgary
  • Alysha Creighton, Edmonton
  • DaveandJenn, Calgary
  • Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, Calgary
  • Mackenzie Frère, Calgary
  • Sarah Fuller, Banff
  • Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan, Calgary Faye HeavyShield, Standoff
  • Terrance Houle, Calgary
  • Gary James Joynes, Edmonton
  • Kristopher Karklin, Fort McMurray
  • Emily Luce, Lethbridge
  • Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton, Calgary
  • Robyn Moody, Calgary
  • Pamela Norrish, Calgary
  • Gabrielle Paré, Edmonton
  • Taras Polataiko, Lethbridge
  • Jewel Shaw, Red Deer
  • Laura St. Pierre, Grande Prairie
  • Larissa Tiggelers, Calgary
  • Laura Vickerson, Calgary
  • Jennifer Wanner, Calgary
  • Donna White, Calgary
  • Maria Whiteman, Edmonton.
As part of the exhibition, the AGA has published a 95-page full-colour catalogue, available at ShopAGA, as well as an expanded online presence devoted to the 2013 Alberta Biennial— providing all Albertans the opportunity to explore aspects of this important exhibition of Alberta contemporary art. To view the webpage please visit:

The AGA also presents a special Curator’s Introduction with Nancy Tousley to the 2013 Alberta Biennial on January 25 at 6 pm, as well as a broad range of public programming and events that explore this exhibition and Alberta’s art scene. On Sunday, January 27 at 12 pm, the public can discover the Film, Video and Performance Program. This program features the work of several Alberta filmmakers, a live cinema performance and a unique social action. This event is free with Gallery admission. A Film and Video Program will also be presented in Calgary on February 27 at 7 pm.

Since its inception in 1996, the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art has presented new and exciting works by over 125 different Alberta contemporary artists. The Alberta Biennial helps to promote and bring national attention to artists working in our province. The Art Gallery of Alberta has played a leadership role in the development of this exhibition which, in the past, has been presented in partnership with other provincial arts organizations including: The Glenbow Museum, the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre, the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at the Alberta College of Art + Design, the Nickle Arts Museum at the University of Calgary and the Art Gallery of Calgary and curated by nine different Canadian curators.

The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta by ATB Financial.

Artist Patron Dr. James Wolfli in memory of Milan Wolfli.



Friday, January 25, 1 pm, Art Gallery of Alberta



  •  Catherine Crowston, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
  •  ATB Financial, Exhibition Sponsor
  •  Nancy Tousley, Exhibition CuratorInterviews are available with Nancy Tousley and Biennial Artists following the opening remarks.

For media information, to coordinate interviews and to RSVP for the Media Preview, please contact: Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468 E:

Oksana Gowin, Director, Marketing & Communications
T: 780.392.2466 E:


Public Programs and Events


Members’ Opening Reception: The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art
Friday, January 25, 7:30 pm
AGA Members and VIP’s Only

Public Programs

Curator’s Introduction: The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art with Nancy Tousley
Friday, January 25, 6 pm
Ledcor Theatre
$15/$10 AGA Members

BMO All Day Sunday: Bring on the Biennial
Sunday, January 27, 12-4 pm Free with Gallery Admission
The News From Here: Film, Video and Performance Program Edmonton Screenings
Sunday, January 27, 12 pm
Ledcor Theatre and Manning Hall, Art Gallery of Alberta
Free with Gallery Admission
Filmmakers will be in attendance; Q&A to follow

Wednesday, April 17, 7 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta
Free with Gallery Admission and for AGA & Metro Members

Calgary Screenings
Wednesday, February 27, 7 pm
Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary Free
Filmmakers will be in attendance; Q&A to follow



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 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.