Art Gallery of Alberta

Last AGA Refinery party of 2012 sells out in record time—but there is still one way to get in!

Edmonton, AB (October 18/12)The Monstrous Baroque Refinery has sold out, but you can still win your way in to the art party of the year as the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) launches a special Monstrous Baroque Refinery contest!

Your AGA is challenging you to invoke your inner artist and create your own version of the Andrea Mantegna print Battle of the Sea Gods, featured in the current exhibition Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints. Your own version can be in any medium such as, photography, video, sculpture, painting, drawing, collage and more! Submissions will be judged on artistic quality, originality and relationship to the original Mantegna print. Submission deadline is November 4 at midnight.

The Refinery contest prize pack includes: four tickets to the sold-out Monstrous Baroque Refinery Late-Night Art Party; Refinery Costume Rental and consultation courtesy of The Theatre Garage for four people; and dinner for four at Zinc Restaurant at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

For complete contest rules and details on how to enter please visit

The Monstrous Baroque Refinery Late-Night Art Party
Saturday, November 17, 9 pm-2 am
Art Gallery of Alberta

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Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468
The Monstrous Baroque Refinery
is an evening where the strange meets the beautiful, and supernatural creatures mingle with 17th century-inspired opulence. Come dressed to impress for this ball of monstrous proportions.

This Refinery’s Creative Directors are Jennifer Rae Forsyth and Kristen Hutchinson from fast & dirty Artist and Curatorial Collective. Themed around the exhibitions Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque and Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints, this instalment of Refinery will also feature the work of: Julianna Barabas, Courtney Chetwynd, Jennifer Mesch (Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy), Sergio Serrano and Ryan Wolters. Girls Club will be the DJs on the dance floor, and a Baroque ensemble will entertain within the Galleries. Hands-on, interactive arts projects and games, such as Baroque-era croquet, will also take place around the building; all three floors of exhibition spaces will be open for guests to explore.

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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 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 othe City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.